24 June 2011

Review: Mama Tea Herbal Teas


I drink a hell of a lot of tea and to be honest it's not the best thing when you're pregnant (I'm not pregnant btw but just to put into context) because of the caffeine so it's always best to drink decaf or herbal teas during pregnancy. This is where Mama Tea come into their own, Mama Tea is a range of natural caffeine-free herbal tea that has been specifically blended to taste fantastic and is suitable for all, including pregnant and nursing women.

Mama Tea was founded by Anna Louise Simpson who is a busy mum of two young children. She says: "I discovered herbal tea during my first pregnancy. However, I struggled to find tasty herbal teas for the different stages of pregnancy, therefore I wanted to create my own range for others to enjoy."


And what a brilliant range of teas she has created! I've been testing them out over the last month and they are superb. Full of flavour and very tasty you'll probably never go back to your usual tea again! There really is something for everyone in this range from Morning Mama, which contains ginger and camomile to help with morning sickness, to Ready Mama which contains raspberry leaf and rose petal to prepare you for labour. The midwives love to recommend raspberry leaf tea but it can only be used from 38 weeks of pregnancy to help prepare for labour so get a few cups down your neck when you're "ready" - see what I did there!


So what types of tea does Mama Tea have to offer and what is in them? Read on for details;

Morning Mama


About this tea
This is a warming blend to enjoy in the morning (the afternoon and the evening)... We have blended beautiful whole chamomile flower heads with spicy ginger root, lemon balm and finished it off with some lemon peel and orange peel. Delicious. Why keep it just for the morning? Perfect for anyone wanting a gingery tea, including mums-to-be that are suffering from morning sickness.

Tasting notes

Warm ginger bursts into life like a ray of sunshine first thing in the morning, gently coaxed along by gentle chamomile which settles with a hint of citrus. Leaves an after-taste of wellness on the palate.

Drink

Drink this lovely brew hot when it is a bit chilly in the mornings or iced when feeling over-heated and in need of refreshment.
 
Glowing Mama


About this tea
An earthy, all-round blend to enjoy whenever you want a little glow. We have blended the earthy richness of rooibos with the delicate white blossom of elderflowers, boosted with echinacea leaf and dandelion to give a sunny, caffeine-free tea. Rooibos is a traditional South African tea and comes from the leaves of the rooibos plant which is grown in the Cedarburg mountains in South Africa and contains powerful antioxidants. It is very popular in South Africa and has been used by pregnant and nursing women throughout pregnancy.

Tasting notes

Earthy rooibos builds to the dizzy heights of echinacea elderflowers and dandelion, glowing with taste which lingers on the palate.

Drink

Enjoy this tea in the same way as you would black tea, sometimes with milk, a slice of lemon or some honey. As it is a lot less bitter than black tea, the sweet flavour means that those of you with a sweet tooth can enjoy this. It can also be served as an iced drink for warm summer evenings. 

Cool Mama

About this tea
This is a refreshing, minty tea that cools with gentle chamomile flower heads blended with whole spearmint leaves and marshmallow leaves. A gentle tea for anyone who likes minty brews including mums-to-be with a mint craving. Spearmint, chamomile and marshmallow leaves are all very good for pregnancy heartburn. Chamomile is also very good at relaxing the nervous system, so a perfect tea to drink in the evening, before bed.

Tasting notes

A burst of refreshing spearmint, calmed instantly by delicate chamomile, soothing the palate like a gentle breeze. Memories of spearmint are left as a cleansing aftertaste.

Drink

Enjoy this hot after dinner as a caffeine-free alternative to coffee or iced as a summer spritzer.


Ready Mama (Only to be used after 38 weeks of pregnancy)


About this tea

Traditional raspberry leaf and motherwort are blended with fruity hibiscus and rosehip to provide a powerful, fruity blend to prepare you for the day ahead. Great for anyone who likes fruity teas and perfect for pregnant women (after 38 weeks). Raspberry leaf and motherwort are both herbs that stimulate the uterus and help to cause contractions. The main point to make about this tea is that it tastes really lovely. Need we say more? Oh yes... it looks gorgeous as well!

Tasting notes

The fresh, fruitiness of hibiscus blended with rosehip kicks hard to let you know it is there. Then mighty raspberry leaf sweeps a strong wave of flavour over the palate, leaving you with a glimpse of bright pink rose petals.

New Mama (Not to be used during Pregnancy)


About this tea

This gorgeous blend celebrates all things new. We have used liquorice root to sweeten up this lovely tea, so perfect for those of you who have a sweet tooth and normally find herbal teas a bit bitter. This tea is flowing with other goodies such as fennel and fenugreek seeds, lemon balm, red clover and nettle leaf. Perfect to enjoy if you like fennel teas, sweet things or are a new mother (get someone else to make it for you though – you deserve it!) All mums-to-be will have to wait for this one though, as we don’t recommend this one during pregnancy. Fennel, fenugreek and nettle are all galactagogues, which are herbs which help to promote milk production and flow. And if you like liquorice, you will love the taste of this tea!

Tasting notes

Sweet liquorice instantly provides blessed relief, like a nap in the afternoon. This gives way to fennel and fenugreek, which swell to provide a warm, milky taste that leaves the palate full and satisfied.

The tea which I enjoyed the most had to be Cool Mama. It is brilliantly refreshing and full of taste. The smell was amazing too and I have to admit I did have a good sniff every time I took a drink! The only tea which I wasn't too keen on was the New Mama tea. My sense of smell just couldn't take the fennel. I could drink the tea fine as it tasted lovely but the smell of the fennel put me off which is a shame. I guess I'm just not cut out to love fennel!

You can purchase your very own Mama Tea in boxes of 20 or as loose-leaf tea. The boxes of 20 tea bags Retail for £2.95 which is very reasonable for herbal teas plus you can purchase them direct from the Mama Tea online shop
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Overall I would highly recommend these teas to all expecting mother and new mothers. Great care has been taken to establish could quality tasty tea and if you're a tea-a-holic like me then these are definitely for you. The New Mama tea would also make an excellent gift for a new breastfeeding mother. Pricing is great and very reasonable what more can I say? Just go and buy the stuff, you'll thank me for it later!

Mummies rating - 9.5/10

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2 comments on "Review: Mama Tea Herbal Teas"

loveinthenest on 25 June 2011 at 14:36 said...

These sound lovely! Could have done with them when I was pregnant :)

Laura Nelson on 26 June 2011 at 20:25 said...

I know they're fab! I wish I had known about them when I was pregnant too!

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