Review: HELPS Kids Dreams

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Its OK"Although relatively mild tasting, the lemon balm pretty much takes over this cup, leaving little room for the rooibos to make it's mark. While drinkable, the results are not particularly pleasing. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 5.1/10
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This tisane blending lemon balm and rooibos is designed to induce calmness and sleep. It's part of a line of 4 other herbal teas specializing in children's needs and catering to their palate. It comes in individually wrapped traditional paper tea bags. From what I can tell through the paper bag, the contents are a completely shredded mulch of herbs, featuring the lemon balm's citrusy yet grassy scent.

Following the directions thoughtfully provided on the wrapper, I steeped the bag for 5 minutes in 8 ounces of freshly boiled water. The brewed cup has a mild herbaceous scent to it. The tangerine-coloured liquor seems surprisingly pale for a rooibos blend. Taking a sip, the lemonbalm is rather front and centre. It gives a pleasant tangy herbaceous lift to the cup. Otherwise the blend is pretty bland, the rooibos seeming pretty much absent in the mix. The results are not so grassy tasting that it would be hard for a child to drink this down. However it's not so tasty that children would naturally be drawn to it.

I experimented with longer steep times in the hopes of producing a more potent brew. I found that you can let this tisane steep indefinitely with no adverse effects. The body just seems to get a little heavier as time goes by. However this does little to change the intensity of the flavour or the overall balance of the ingredients. Oh well...

Although relatively mild tasting, the lemon balm pretty much takes over this cup, leaving little room for the rooibos to make it's mark. I have the impression that these two ingredients don't really do much to favourably enhance each other's inherent flavour profiles. While drinkable, the results are not particularly pleasing. There are many delicious, soothing rooibos blends out there that would be more enticing to children - or adults for that matter, than this one.

— To purchase HELPS Kids Dreams, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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