Republic of Tea recently reached out to me to try a tea from their new Super Herb Women’s Line. There are four organic teas in the line, designed to help with women’s health issues. I chose Nettle Tea, for two reasons:
- I’d never had nettle before but heard a lot about it.
- It says it reduces inflammation.
I’m not going to sugarcoat things — I get a lot of bloating around that time of the month and also a lot of acne. I am hoping that this tea will be hopeful around then, as drinking it has already helped with some of my regular stomach bloating that I get all of the time.
On the canister, Republic of Tea notes that this is Organic Tea for Life Cycles, and that it can be used throughout various phases of a woman’s life:
“Nettle leaves have been known to support the body in a variety of ways. Studies have shown that it can help reduce joint inflammation and can help support kidney function.* Nettle tea has also been popular as a tonic for centuries to help women through all phases of life – from menstruation, through pregnancy and breastfeeding, to menopause.* A touch of mint and vanilla makes this tea a joy to sip.”
So whatever point you’re at in your life, this tea can be helpful. Beyond this, while this tea was made with women in mind, it has also has benefits that can be beneficial to anyone, including reducing allergies, possible help for high blood pressure, arthritis, weight loss and antibacterial effects, according to Livestrong.This organic, herbal supplement tea has three simple ingredients: nettle leaves, peppermint and vanilla. I like simplicity with my food and drinks. The less ingredients, the better.
To prepare this tea, steep between 5-7 minutes. Since it’s a supplement, the more concentrated your brew, the stronger and more effective the effects will be. Something I have always enjoyed about Republic of Tea has been their round tea bags. I enjoy the shape and simplicity, and also think that they steep really well. Another thing I really enjoy about this tea is that it is caffeine-free, so it can be enjoyed any time of day.Vanilla is the first aroma I notice when I steep this tea. It also smelled really minty. These were also the main flavors that stood out to me when I drank it. Never having tried nettle leaves before, they reminded me of a less grassy sencha mixed with parsley.
This tea was somewhat sweet but also earthy. If you’re a fan of green teas, you will probably like this, though it is definitely more subtle of a flavor. It brews to a pretty, mostly green shade with a hint of brown, and to me, the feel is very comforting. I do not think I would like this as an iced tea though — it seems like it would be best hot.
Overall, I really like the taste of this tea. I’ve drank it three days in a row, so in the long term, I will have to wait and see how the benefits turn out, but so far I know that the taste is good and it has helped with bloating.
If you’ve had nettle tea before, let me know in the comments below!