When Teabox Detox got in touch, it was hard to choose a specific tea to try. So we each tried one instead! As tea lovers (especially herbal), any excuse for a warming cuppa is a good one. These 14 day detoxes are aimed at improving certain conditions and there are 5 different options: Detox, Fit Box, Complexion, Immunity and Zen. They’re all rather self-explanatory.
Here’s what we thought:
As someone whose skin is hugely affected by stress, I often get what looks like eczema on my face and arms – this seems to flare up with a mind of its own. So the Complexion Box seemed like a good choice! Containing Calendula, Burdock Root, Dandelions Root, Cleavers and Chamomile, each of these has a special purpose to help aid the skin. The ingredients have healing properties, including being anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, cleansing, a diuretic and more. It claims to remove toxins and impurities from the body but unfortunately doesn’t explain what those are – I was under the impression the body sorted itself out in terms of cleansing the body.
Taste-wise, it’s subtle. I initially left the tea bag in the first cup I made for less than a minute and it was naturally rather weak. So the next time I left it in for around 5 minutes. The taste was still quite weak but I quite like my teas like that so it wasn’t a problem for me. Like all herbal teas, it’s hard to say what it actually tastes like but it’s certainly not unpleasant.
Eliza’s Verdict: I’ve not seen any improvement in my skin but I don’t know if a tea can help with the skin problems that I have. However, it is calming just to make a tea for yourself and sit with it – in today’s busy life, it’s all to easy to drink on the go so it’s nice for a change to stop and BREATHE.
Recently I have felt a bit like a headless chicken, running about here, there and everywhere so the idea of the detox box really appealed to me. I have to point out that nobody is claiming that by drinking this tea you are going to fully detox your body, but the contents of the tea, will basically aid the natural detoxification processes your body goes through. The tea contains milk thistle, cleavers, couch grass, coleus, dandelion root and goji berry. Dandelion root is well known to help your digestion and milk thistle is specifically linked to helping your liver, your 2nd biggest organ (skin is the biggest) and its job is sifting the toxins from your body. Therefore, looking after for liver is a high priority when you want to detox!
It is recommended on the packet that you leave the teabag for up to 8 minutes, which should give you some idea of how subtle this tea is, it really does need this amount of time to obtain much flavour and when it does it is a nice, gentle…..well…herbal flavour. I can’t say it had any specific distinct notes that stood out but I did notice that it did not obtain any bitterness that can happen very quickly in lesser quality teas. I often forget to take my tea bag out so this is essential for me!
Amy’s Verdict: I like the tea, although maybe a little too unspecific for my tastes. I will definitely try other flavours in the range though as it is clear to me that the quality of the tea is good and that is the most important thing in my mind…the flavour is all a matter of personal taste.
When you hear the word ‘Zen’ you think of peace and meditation. Buddhists practice the art of Zen and incorporate it into their daily lives for the benefit of themselves and each other. So, with my life currently extremely hectic and upside down (I’m doing home renovations) I thought the ‘Zen Box’ not only to be the perfect medicine for my stress levels, but for those around me!
The ‘Zen Box’ contains lavender, skull cap, lemon balm and chamomile, all of which suggest calming and soothing aromas, perfect for relaxation. The directions tell you to infuse the teabag for 8 minutes and to consume three times a day. However, the tricky part is to remember to consume at least 30 minutes before or after meals.
Hannah’s Verdict: The tea is warming and calming, perfect for bath time relaxation. The taste is subtle and reminds me of a mixture of green tea and chamomile. I have found it hard to stick to the timings accurately, but think it will be easier to follow when my house has been unpacked and the furniture doesn’t look like a giant game of Jenga! I am still stressed and my anxiety levels are high, but I am enjoying the moment of serenity when sitting down for a cup of ‘Zen’.
Where to buy: Online at TeaboxDetox.com
How much? £15 for 14 days’ worth
Who are they for? Tea-lovers and those who want to try and address specific health problems*
*Although teas are by no means a replacement for proper medical advice. If you are worried about your health, please see your GP.