When I took this teabag out of the pouch I could smell the anise and I wondered if this would end up being the same as the previously reviewed HELPS Organic Easy Digestion. But, while most of the ingredients are similar, there is one difference: The easy digestion blend contains mint, while this HELPS Kids for Little Tummies contains lemon balm.
And this really does make a difference, flavor wise. The Organic Easy Digestion blend has a very strong anise flavor, and while the anise is fairly strong here too, it isn’t nearly as strong. I can taste the subtle hint of citrus-like flavor from the lemon balm, and I taste more of the chamomile here than in the Easy Digestion blend.
Both smell a bit different, as well. Here, I really smell the chamomile notes, while with the other blend, the anise dominated, while the mint seemed to mingle in the background. Both teas do have a similar goal, however: help to soothe the stomach and aid in digestion. The flavor here is a bit gentler overall, and I think that is good considering that this tea is intended for “little tummies,” although I think adults can benefit from the calming properties of this tisane as well.
HELPS Tea describes this tisane as
ORGANIC HERBS FOR TUMMY ACHE
HELPS KIDS FOR LITTLE TUMMIES is a gentle mixture of chamomile flowers, anise, lemon balm and a few sunbeams that have sneaked in for extra warmth. A safe and effective blend with beneficial effects to encourage healthy digestion and to facilitate reduction of gas and flatulence.* In addition, its pleasant taste is especially intended for child’s palate.
The chamomile is a naturally light flavor, and here that is no exception. It has a delicate floral and apple-like flavor that is appealing, and I like the sweet licorice-y flavor that the anise adds to the cup. The lemon balm’s presence provides a very soft citrus-like taste, and I find that that subtle hint of citrus really brightens up the cup. Because the flavors are not particularly strong, it is a tisane that kids can enjoy without thinking they’re drinking something medicinal (and if you’re a parent, you know how difficult it can be to get the kids to take their medicine!)
A very calming and tasty cup.