Tea Review: Planet Organic – Passionflower with Chamomile

Brand: Planet Organic

Tea: Passionflower with Chamomile

Type: Tea bags

Ingredients: Organic Passionflower, Chamomile

Where I bought it: I’ve had this one a while but I’m pretty sure I bought it at the About Life store in Cammeray.

First Impressions: Their branding is consistent amongst their different teas but otherwise the packaging is fairly standard for a tea you find in the supermarket – a rectangle cardboard box.

Why I’m drinking it: At the time I purchased this tea I was specifically looking for passionflower. I had just run out of a different tea that had passionflower as one of the many ingredients and I wanted to isolate it. I’m drinking it today because I’ve just completed a huuuuuuuge assignment and I feel tired, a little bit anxious and like I just need to chill out. Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is an anxiolytic and a mild sedative so it can be used in cases of anxiety and insomnia1,2. Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) has a number of actions including carminative and sedative and is also used in cases of anxiety and insomnia1,2.

Aroma: For me, the chamomile is what comes out the most. It does have what I call a ‘herbie’ smell (others would recognise this if they work with dried herbs a lot – it’s that scent when you open a jar of dried herbs and the intense aroma hits you in the face).

Taste: The flavour is not excessively strong – it’s perfect for me when I’m tired because I don’t want a flavour sensation overpowering my brain.

Will I drink it again? Yes. It’s a calming, warm drink that isn’t going to kick-start my mind late at night like some other teas might.

 

References:

  1. Bone, K 2007, The Ultimate Herbal Compendium: A desktop guide for herbal prescribers, Phytotherapy Press, Warwick, Queensland

2. Thomsen, M and Gennat, H 2009, Phytotherapy Desk Reference, 4th Edition, Global Natural Medicine Pty Ltd, Australia

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