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Yogi Teas Soothing Mint Tea Herbal Tea Review

A Flavorful Substitute to Liquid Ex-Lax

Summary : Marketed as a natural laxative, Yogi Teas Soothing Mint Herbal Tea is a pleasant tasting substitute to other laxatives found in your drug store. This tea isn't meant for daily consumption, at least if the warning on the box is to be believed.

Review : When I bought a box of Yogi Teas "Get Regular" Soothing Mint tea at my local grocery store, I was in a rush and failed to pay attention to the box. Instead, I just saw the words "Soothing Mint" and, like a trained Pavlov dog, I tossed it in my shopping cart. Yes - my love of anything "mint" is that strong.

Thus, more by accident than design, I ended up buying a "medicinal tea" instead of a "recreation tea." Initially I was bummed about this discovery, as I was in a desperate mood for "something minty" after a less than ideal meal at a local Mexican restaurant. Mint teas have a wonderful way of soothing the stomach, and since I wasn't suffering from any "regularity problems," it seemed this tea I accidentally bought might be destined to be put into exile in a closet until forgotten about.

Yet, perhaps due to my desperation for something minty, I decided to give this tea a try despite some misgivings.

Yogi Tea's Soothing Mint "Get Regular" tea contains a lengthy list of ingredients: Senna leaf, organic licorice root, organic peppermint leaf, organic anise seed, yellow dock root, natural orange flavor, organic dandelion root, rose petal, organic coriander seed, celery seed, amla fruit (amalaki), beleric myrobalan fruit (bibhitaki), chebulic myrobalan fruit (haritaki), stevia leaf, organic cinnamon bark, organic cardamom seed, organic ginger root, date powder, organic clove bud, organic black pepper, natural cinnamon oil, natural cadamom oil, and natural ginger oil.

Here is how Yogi Teas describes the tea: "Get regular tea is a delicious and effective way to get regular. This herbal formula contains organic senna leaf, which has been used for centuries as a natural relief for occasional constipation. To balance the effects of senna, we include anise, cardamom and ginger, and “triphala,” a blend of amlalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki fruits, which have been used in Ayurveda to tone and rejuvenate the eliminative functions. So when your body needs a little assistance, brew a cup of get regular and get things moving naturally."

Even if you don't read the description of the tea, you can probably deduce by the name that this tea is meant to be a natural laxative. And indeed, right on the box Yogi Teas provides directions on how to use the tea: "For best results, drink 1 cup before bedtime. A comfortable bowel movement is usually produced in 6 to 8 hours. Do not use in excess of 4 cups in 24 hours or for longer than 10 days."

Thus, the Soothing Mint tea by Yogi Teas is meant to be a "medicinal tea" and not one that should be drank regularly - at least not one that will be free of "side effects."

My first impressions with the tea were impressive. The fragrance of the tea is beautiful, at least if you love mint. Indeed, after opening up the foil bag my kitchen soon filled with the delightful fragrance of mint.

The taste of the tea, however, is average at best. The mint flavor of the tea, while there, is, well - weird. It certainly tastes like no other mint tea I've ever had before.

However, this tea is meant to be a "laxative" and not a daily tea that is drank for simple enjoyment. Thus, it probably is not fair to compare this tea to other mint teas on the market.

So instead, I'll compare this teas taste to other laxatives. In particular, I'll compare it to "liquid laxatives" like Ex-Lax and, the world's worse tasting drink of all time, Milk of Magnesia.

And when compared to those laxative drinks, this tea tastes superb! While it does have a bit of a mediciny taste, and kind of a blah aftertaste, well, when compared to Milk of Magnesia this tea tastes heavenly.

Now, whether or not this tea works as a laxative I truthfully have no idea. But it might be worth investigating should you want to avoid the nasty taste found in other liquid laxatives.

Recommendation : It depends. For those in search of "regularity" or in need of a laxative, this tea might just do the trick (no guarantees, though). However, for a normal tea to drink for enjoyment, then I definitely would not recommend this tea. And indeed, Yogi Teas even says the same thing on the box.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Soothing Mint Herbal Tea
  • Manufacturer : Yogi Teas
  • Available from : Yogi Tea at Amazon
  • Type of Tea : Herbal Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : November 11th, 2012
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour 1 cup (8 ounces) boiling water over tea bag and let brew for 5-10 minutes. Eight minutes used for this review.

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