I just might make this a product review week, since I've been meaning to do a quick little post on something I've been enjoying a lot lately: The Republic of Tea's "get maternal" herb tea for pregnant and new moms:
It's a really lovely, caffeine free tea -- I've been having a cup every night and it's been so nice to sip something warm before bed. And the added "benefits" of this tea are great! Here's what it says on the front of the canister:
Baby, look at you glow. But with all the changes going on in your body, you could probably use a bit of personal pampering. So whether you're expecting, or your little bundle of joy has already arrived, kick back and enjoy a cup of this lovely caffeine-free herbal blend, based on organic rooibos and conceived just for you. To help tone uterine muscles, we've added raspberry leaf, a time-honored tonic. Nettles and horsetail, herbs with roots that reach deep into mother earth, provide essential nutrients like silica for growing strong bones. Parsley fights water retention and a snap of ginger staves off nausea. So sip and rock-a-bye "baby" yourself.
Ingredients: Organic Rooibos (leaf), Raspberry (leaf), Stinging Nettle (aerial parts), Ginger (root), Horsetail (aerial parts), Parsley (leaf), Natural Mango Flavor, Black Limon
It has a nice, fruity flavor -- not too strong. I can definitely taste the subtle hints of mango -- the tea reminds me a bit of their Mango Ceylon blend (comes in decaf, too!), which I LOVE. Don't fear the mango -- it's a really wonderful tea. Makes great iced tea, too.
I've been getting the Republic of Tea catalog for a while now (which, if you're interested, is great -- they send you a free sample tea bag with every catalog!) and I noticed the "get maternal" tea earlier this year, before I was pregnant. I made a mental note at the time, because I thought it would make a great new mom or newly pregnant mom gift.
Last week I was browsing the tea section at Whole Foods -- I was actually looking for a decaffeinated version of a British Breakfast blend (which I realize, seems like a contradiction in terms, but actually the Republic of Tea does have one!) -- when I came across the get maternal tea. I was very pleased to find it locally. It's a little more expensive than I'd like to pay for tea (about $10 for 36 tea bags), but it's such a nice little treat for myself. It's wonderful with a little bit of honey, but equally good just plain.
Very soothing -- I'm not sure if it's the ingredients, but I find it to be very relaxing. Seems great for sore muscles, too!
This would be a perfect stocking stuffer for new moms and moms-to-be -- but if you're looking for a little good-for-you indulgence, this is also ideal.