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Starwest Botanicals Organic Passion Flower Herb Cut and Sifted Loose Leaf Tea - 4 Ounce Bag
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- Latin/Botanical name: Passiflora incarnata
- Origin: France
- Certified Organic by QAI - In accordance with the USDA National Organic Program Guidelines
- Kosher Certified by KCS
- cGMP Compliant (current Good Manufacturing Practices)
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4 oz of Organic Passion Flower Herb Cut & Sifted (C/S), packaged in a resealable bag. Prepare as a tea - Pour 8 oz of boiling water (212 deg F) over 1-2 tsp. of herb. Cover and steep 3-4 minutes, strain, and serve
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The bitter taste is very distracting for me, which really detracts from my ability to calm down and relax. Passionflower is known for those abilities, and it's helped plenty of people with anxiety, mood disorders, insomnia, and stress.
However, this herb reeks, and is very potent in its unusual bitterness. So far, out of all the herbs I own, this is probably the worst smelling and tasting. It's very difficult to cover up the strong, pungent aroma, even when using different mints, berries, stevia leaves, and other herbal flavors.
I personally believe the powder/pill form is a much better option for me to try.
Calming herbs like chamomile, lavender, rose, lemon balm, and spearmint are good choices.. they all smell and taste pleasant, and they promote relaxation and slight sedation for some.
I have yet to try valerian, hops, and scullcap (on its way), but I always have to consider different factor in order to purchase the best form for me- either the herbal leaf, powder to use in drinks or capsules, or pre-made capsules (which are more expensive).
In this particular case, I regret purchasing this Passion flower herb from Starwest Botanicals, and I wish I'd just gone with the powder to make capsules, or just tried the pre-made capsules.
I don't think everyone will necessarily dislike the herb, especially if it does its job. But I want to warn you that it's not a subtle, floral taste. It tastes more like a bitter weed with a chip on its shoulder.
I think perhaps a tiny pinch, blended with peppermint and other strong flavors, will help to dilute the pungent, dank aroma and taste of the passionflower... but then, the actual therapeutic benefits won't really shine through.
Usually a daily single cup of tea is a very peaceful, therapeutic experience in itself, but it takes a few cups of herbal tea for your body to actually absorb its real health benefits.
So tossing in a pinch of passionflower won't be able to do much for me, other than the knowledge of its existence and the hope that it WILL help calm me enough for bedtime.
It's really up to you guys. I would recommend not starting out with a big, bulk 1 lb. bag, but that's just me. Just to clarify, I don't necessarily believe this product to be of bad or stale quality, but I would've been okay with just trying a single oz. of it instead of 4.
Who knows, I may change my mind later.
But for now I'm going to go for some passionflower capsules. Meanwhile, I'll try this herb in larger blends to see how it works out.
Good luck to you, if you decide to get this! ♡
The bad thing: this passion flower gives me a hangover the next day, that is similar to what I get from unisom and benadryl. I was using this passion flower leaf for about a week, and every morning I had the same very strong side effect that would last for almost whole day. I had to stop using it and I switched to lavender flower instead to help me relax. Everyone is different, so it means that you may not get unpleasant feelings the next day, like I did. This is the reason I don't give this product bad review. I just wish I could use it.