Birch Moon Wellness Co.’s Siberian Digestif

Siberian Digestif by Birch Moon Wellness Co.
Herbal Tisane / Flavoured
$12.50 for 30g (20 sachets)

Birch Moon Wellness Co. has provided me with Siberian Digestif for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

This is the third of my reviews of Birch Moon’s Wellness Trio – Discovery Bundle (the first two being: Sweet Zzz’s and Cha-Cha Chaga). Siberian Digestif comes in a colourful cardstock box, much like the other two in the bundle. This one with peach and reds for the motifs. Called a “herbal infusion digestive blend”, I opened up the box and found – like the other two blends – Siberian Digestif comes portioned into tea sachets in a resealable zip top bag.

Siberian Digestif has a savoury aroma to it – it reminds me of oregano and thyme. Siberian Digestif consists of: wild strawberry leaves, senna leaves, rosa canina, immortelle flowers, cowberry leaves, corn silk, oregano herbs, and calendula flowers.

For those who are unfamiliar with some of the ingredients, senna leaves is the primary ingredient in medication like sennaside and is used as a laxative. Rosa canina is otherwise known as dog rose, which is a flower, and allegedly has gastro-protective properties (which was discovered in a study with rats), immortelle is another flower that is thought to have properties that help with upset stomachs, and oregano is thought to help with upset stomachs as well. A lot of these herbal ingredients have been used over time, but a lot of them haven’t been properly studied for efficacy in humans.

Preparation

Birch Moon recommends steeping Siberian Digestif in boiling water (100°C/212°F) for 10 to 15 minutes. I opted for an initial steep of 15 minutes.

First Taste

Siberian Digestif steeps to a lovely orange colour. There’s a slightly sweet aroma to it, I think in part to do with all of the floral ingredients. There’s a bit of a medicinal quality to the flavour – I can’t quite place it. I don’t find it unpleasant like I do rooibos, so that’s a plus. There’s a thickened mouthfeel to the tisane, and I find it easy to drink. I think it helps that it’s slightly sweet and has some floral notes as well.

A Second Cup?

Resteeping Siberian Digestif resulted in a cup that wasn’t nearly as pleasant as the initial steep – it was more medicinal with less sweet. I wouldn’t have a second steep of it for that reason alone.

My Overall Impression

I liked Birch Moon Wellness Co.’s Siberian Digestif. I think if I was having GI issues and suffering from constipation, having a tummy time tea would be a lot easier on the system than taking pills (or worse, a suppository). Luckily, I’m not suffering from such issues at this time, so I can really only comment on the flavour. There is a slight medicinal quality to it, but it’s not off-putting, and it has some nice sweet notes to it. It makes for a pleasantly blended tisane but because I don’t require some of those herbal qualities in my life at the moment, it won’t make for a regularly consumed drink.

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