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Unusual Eats: TEAshots

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It’s hard to categorize TEAshots Ache Ease. While it’s certainly edible or drinkable, it’s more like an Ohio produced pharmaceutical, except it’s all natural, and it has one of those labels that says, “This product has not been tested by the FDA…not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

As the season of colds and flus and their associated aches will soon be upon us, it seems like the right time to give something like TEAshots a try. Sure, ibuprofen is a wonder-drug, but if there’s something else out there…

So, what’s in the little jar of Ache Ease? Well, the first thing is (raw) honey, which is mostly what you taste. You’re supposed to mix a teaspoon of the stuff into two ounces of warm water and drink it, but straight-up spoonfuls are kinda good, and it has great potential as a toast topping*, as one of the ingredients is also cinnamon.

Although local honey is supposed to be good for allergies, there are a whole bunch of other things in there that make TEAshots promising as a homeopathic remedy for colds and flus. To wit: turmeric, which has been personally effective as an anti-inflamatory. The internet explains the usefulness of some of the other elements: celery seed is a pain-reliever, meadowsweet is another anti-inflammatory.

Anyway, the in-house test trials of the stuff were highly unscientific. It’s unclear whether it contributed to the end of an autumn cold. That said, TEAshots tastes a great deal better than cough syrup, so there’s that.

Made by Mockingbird Meadows Farms in Marysville, OH, it also comes in a range of flavors outside of Ache Ease: Sleepy, Happy, Calm (sort of like the seven dwarfs). The tested version was found at Weiland’s Market.

*The recommended dosage is “up to three times daily.” It’d be super-easy to over-do it when used as a sweetener, so we’re not necessarily endorsing that. Also, there’s a warning label that indicates raw honey is not to be given to infants, pregnant people, and those who are afflicted with various digestive disorders. You should read it before indulging.

For more information, visit mockingbirdmeadows.com

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