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Zhena's Gypsy Tea Egyptian Mint - Review

A Satisfying Sattvic Tea


Zhena's Gypsy Tea Egyptian Mint is fair trade certified and 100 per cent organic

Zhena's Gypsy Tea deserves high marks for all of its humanitarian efforts, from its devotion to sustainability and environmental responsibility to its commitment to offering 100 per cent organic and 100 per cent fair trade certified teas, grown on "socially just" gardens and hand-selected. But what we love most about the artisan tea brand from the lovely small California town of Ojai is its foundation in aromatherapy and the principles of Ayurveda.

Zhena, who dates her ancestry back to Ukrainian gypsies and who founded the company in 2000 in response to a family health crisis, has a degree in aromatherapy, and our tea order came with a little wheel chart that listed the aromatherapeutic effects of 30 ingredients, from acai berry (energizing) to ambrosia plum (sensual) to Italian chamomile (soothing). The Egyptian Mint Tea we enjoyed is listed as soothing, which seemed odd at first. Typically, mint has an energizing effect. But from Zhena's website, we learned that mint is soothing to the digestive system. In the end, after finishing a cup, we found that Zhena's Gypsy Egyptian Mint does have both a calming and uplifting effect. While sipping it and contemplating Zhena's devotion to the Indian health philosophy, the Ayurvedic term (learned in a yoga class) "sattvic" came to mind. This word can best be explained by what it is not, meaning it's neither "rajassic" (fiery and energizing) nor "tamassic" (calming or even dull). Translating this to Egyptian Mint, it is neither too strong-tasting nor too mild, neither too sweet nor too grassy or bitter. It's just right, sattvic. With its base of Ceylon green tea it is also a great "gateway" tea for people just learning to love the distinct grassy taste of green tea.

Rating: 14.5/20

Price: $6.99 for a tin of 22 sachets (also available as loose leaf)

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by Sylvie Greil

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(Updated: 05/13/11 BH)

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