The Good: Nothing bad in it, Good aroma , Keeps the stomach settled, Great taste!
The Bad: I could always use more mint flavor!
The Basics: Tummy Mint tea has helped my stomach settle and it tastes good to boot!
I’m not a huge fan of medicinal teas (in general). So, it was mostly the fact that the Tummy Mint tea from Celestial Seasonings was on clearance that I picked it up. I love mint, so I was not against the idea of a stomach-helping tea that could taste good. Given that work has sucked lately, I could use a tea (or anything else!) that will settle my stomach. Fortunately, Tummy Mint actually lived up to its promise!
Tummy Mint is an all-natural Herbal Supplement Wellness Tea from Celestial Seasonings. This wellness tea is all natural and as a result is caffeine free - none of the ingredients in it had caffeine to begin with so it did not undergo any chemical process to remove them. Peppermint and Chamomile, the primary ingredients in Tummy Mint, are herbs and wildflowers and the flavor is very minty.
Tummy Mint comes in Celestial Seasoning's standard stringless tea bags, which are paired together with easy to separate perforations that allow one to separate the tea bags. When I make pots of tea, I tend to use four bags and leave them connected. A box of Tummy Mint tea comes with ten pairs (20 individual) of tea bags.
Ease Of Preparation
Tummy Mint is a very standard tea; it is your basic herbal tea when it comes to preparation. Like many other Celestial Seasonings teas, there are no tea leaves listed in the ingredients, so this herbal tea flower-based. A single tea bag will make the standard 8 oz. coffee mug worth of tea and could be reused and make a second, rather weak cup of Tummy Mint tea. The second cup often comes out far weaker than the first. I tend to make my tea using a 32 oz. steeping tea pot with four tea bags and that works well, though a second pot with the same bags will come out about 1/4 - 3/8 strength. In other words, this is a poor tea for the teabag miser!
To prepare Tummy Mint tea, bring a pot of water to a boil and pour it over the tea bags, in a pot or mug. This tea takes six minutes to steep according to the directions and even if the water is truly boiling, I've found it can use the entire six minutes. Like most chamomile-based teas, this is a tea that I can never make too strong. After six minutes, the flavor does not seem to get any stronger so there is no benefit to letting it steep longer than that.
Tummy Mint smells like peppermint and ricewater. The mint scent is a little less powerful than the chamomile scent.
In the mouth, Tummy Mint is the perfect embodiment of peppermint. While there is some chamomile flavor in the tea, the menthol in the peppermint is very strong. My tongue gets a little numb from this tea when the tea is still hot!
As the tea cools, it gets even more minty, which was a pleasant surprise to me!
For an all-natural remedy for stomach problems, Tummy Mint has a lot to recommend it. The primary ingredients in the tea are Peppermint, Chamomile, and Fennel and that these ingredients could settle the stomach and aid in digestion is a pleasant surprise. That surprise is amplified by the fact that this tea works for what it claims to! There is nothing unpronouncable in this tea and it is noted as being gluten free (for whom that matters). It is also kosher.
In terms of nutrition, Chamomile is another tea in a long line of teas that contribute nothing but hydration to the body while helping to break up mucus and numb sinus pain. There is no nutritional benefit or detriment to this tea. One 8 oz. mug of this tea provides nothing of nutritional value to the drinker. There are no calories (save what one adds from sugar or milk), no fat, sodium, or protein and no caffeine. It does, however, have the very real benefit of helping to aid in digestion, so that is a big plus.
Tummy Mint tea is very easy to clean up after - the tea bags may be disposed in the garbage, or composted if you have a good garden and/or compost pile. The tea itself is still very light like a Chamomile, but it washes out of most fabrics easily. As well, it does not leave any residual flavor in one's teapot or mug.
Tummy Mint is actually a very decent mint tea and during one of my most stressful weeks at work, it kept my stomach settled, which was a nice change for me. This is a worthwhile mint tea, as well as a great herbal supplement!
For other Celestial Seasonings tea reviews, please visit my reviews of:
Sleepytime Sinus Soother
Mandarin Orange Spice
Sleepytime Green Lemon Jasmine
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