So on a less than fun note, the first week of school this year, my little one brought home the plague. I’d expected it would be unavoidable, all things considered, but I had hoped we’d make it longer than the first week. I did what anyone does when sick: made a big pot of chicken noodles, and brewed a big pot of tea.
This week’s selection was Independence Coffee Company’s Chamomile/Peppermint Plus herbal blend.
Chamomile’s a tricky ingredient for me. I wouldn’t say I dislike it by any means, but it’s one of those things I don’t really care for on its own. Pair it with something else, though, and it’s a treat.
This blend is particularly smooth. I can’t think of something much more soothing to go with it than peppermint, and lemon balm adds a little hint of citrus. The yarrow and marigold means it brews up golden, and mint dominates the aroma. The flavor is wonderfully mellow and surprisingly sweet. Best of all, it turned out to be incredibly soothing for a cough and did a lot to ease that feeling of chest congestion that came with getting sick.
I have another chamomile blend with vanilla that I love for winding down in the evenings, but for sick days, I think this one’s going to be the first one I reach for from now on. It definitely earned its keep!