Pros: Great for cleansing, stimulating and regulating the GI system
Cons: The cramps and possibly the taste.
I don't remember when or where I first heard about 3 Ballerina Tea, but the name stuck in the back of my mind and I initially associated it with narcissistic dancers trying to stay skinny. It provided little more than a chuckle at the thought at that time, as I am a dancer and I have heard of so many different products and techniques my dancer friends use to lose weight quickly, flatten their stomachs before a show, regulate their appetites, etc. From diet regimens to pills to colonic procedures, there were so many different methods that worked for some and failed for others, and I chalked 3 Ballerina up as just another one of them. I didn't actually try the product until years after I'd first heard about it, and I have to say, my experiences have been pretty positive.
3 Ballerina Tea comes in an easy to spot green box with ballerinas on the front. You can find it pretty much anywhere you buy teas, from your local grocer to a health food store. The tea has the standard mesh tea bag look, save for the string and flag that most tea bags have attached. There are no special instructions to make it, just add boiling water and let it steep for a few minutes before drinking. The taste isn't terrible, perhaps somewhat bitter and may take some getting used to. Adding a little lemon, sugar, or honey may improve the taste for you and wouldn't take away from the tea's potency. The taste doesn't bother me but sometimes I add a tea bag of a different tea I like just to play around with the flavor a little.
I will say this, and I will try to put it delicately.... Upon first trying this tea, make sure you can stay near a comfortable bathroom for the next 12 hours or until the tea "works". It may be an hour or five before you feel anything, but you'll know it's working when the stomach cramps hit. Painful, definitely, but not the worst pain I've felt and they don't tend to last long. I would say within 15 minutes of the onset of stomach cramps, you will make a B-line for the bathroom to let the magic happen. You will feel so much better and lighter after the trip, and in my experience, it's a one time trip instead of a back and forth all day thing. Obviously, you have to figure out how the tea works with your body, so give yourself a decent window of time to deal with any effects that may come. You can also dilute it so you are not getting the full strength of the tea on the first try, or even dilute with other teas such as chamomile, which may help lessen or even eliminate the cramps.
The tea is great for a cleanse, and for gastrointestinal issues like constipation, hard stools, or other difficulties with "going". I personally feel that after using the tea, I can go more regularly and have less stomach discomfort and gas resulting from different foods that don't agree with me. I only use the tea about once a month, and on certain occasions where I've either eaten an overabundance of the wrong things (vacation, for example) or I want to get back into a regular pattern of "going". I try to drink it either the night before or the morning of a day off so I don't find myself in a bad situation when it starts to work. I like the fact that it is a natural herbal laxative so there is little worry of overuse. I've heard of people drinking it everyday, but I don't find that necessary or favorable.