Hello, 2018! I welcomed the new year with my family in Ontario, Canada and what a unique experience that was. The cold was extreme and although the sight of snow was welcoming at first it soon became dreary because of the seemingly endless bout of cough, cold and the flu. I and my youngest son suffered the most of it.
When there I did get to try out some new tea blends. It was on a visit to a friends place that I was introduced to this brand of tea. It is called Throat Coat from the brand Traditional Medicinals. We had such a great time at their place and my kids loved their two cats Satan and Oliver. So I had a stubborn cough and it was then that they made me a cup of this tea. Seeing how sick I was they gave me their entire batch of tea bags. How kind and adorable a way to care for another through a simple offering of tea.
Slippery elm or Ulmus rubra (Latin for “red elm,” so called for its lovely reddish bark) is a beautiful, native North American elm tree. It’s the inner bark of this tree that is actually called “slippery elm” due to its, yes, slippery, smooth, and slimy-in-a-good-way properties. Combined with licorice and marshmallow root, we think this tea blend is like taking your voice to the spa—because we all need a little comfort sometimes so we can get back to being our best.
Helps you sing it loud, say it proud, stand up and be heard.
Suggested brewing tips
Pour 240 mL freshly boiled water over 1 tea bag and allow to steep, covered, for 10-15 minutes. Gently squeeze tea bag, to release the remaining extract.
The tea is exactly as appears on the package, ‘Throat coat’. Each sip of the tea leaves a slick coat on your throat. The coat to me tasted strongly of licorice and there was a good hint of fennel. Throughout the tasting, there was a lingering sweetness as well. It did give me some relief from my cough but of course wasn’t a cure.
It was very comforting because every sip was focussed on providing relief and the ingredients in the blend provided some much-needed warmth.
I liked the main box that the tea came in because it was very informative. It gives a detailed list of the medicinal and non-medicinal ingredients present in the tea and special mention to the fact that the tea is created by herbalists.
One thing that I notice every time I drink the tea is a headache that occurs a little after I am done with my tea. I don’t know for sure if it is the tea or my sensitivity to a particular ingredient in the blend. But I thought it was important to mention it here.
“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson