Autumn herbal teas warm, comfort and uplift from deep within
As summer’s warmth fades into a cool September breeze, we are invited to immerse ourselves in the world of herbal tea! Personally, nothing’s better than a warm beverage to bring in the new season. This time of year offers an abundance of herbal possibilities, and depending on the herbs combined, we can create delicious and flavorful worlds supporting healing for the mind and body.
As an herbalist and lifelong tea enthusiast, I’ve compiled a list with some of my favorites alongside some brewing suggestions and brief insight into their benefits. I’ll also share some tips for creating your own special tea infusions your palate will thank you for.
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CHAMOMILE: Its floral essence is a popular choice for unwinding the stress away. Rich in antioxidants, its pleasant aroma and taste offers anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties for all ages. Used chamomile tea bags are great for repurposing into eye compresses—just stick them in the freezer for one hour and rest on your eyes for 10 minutes to help reduce puffiness.
CINNAMON: This spice offers a treasure trove of health benefits. Its high levels of antioxidants support immune function and combat oxidative stress. Known for stabilizing blood sugar levels, it aids in managing diabetes. Additionally, cinnamon tea supports digestive health by reducing bloating and promoting gut health. Its antimicrobial nature contributes to fighting infections.
GINGER: This warm and spicy root has been used in health tonics for millennia. With more than 100 different bioactive compounds, Ginger boosts physical, behavioral, and immunological health. Peel and slice as desired, the larger the slice, the more potent the spice. Add to water, bring to boil, simmer for 5 – 10 minutes; strain. I like my ginger tea with a few heaps of brown sugar to juxtapose the spice.
HIBISCUS: Known as “sorrel” in the Caribbean, it’s a diuretic that helps to flush out toxins from the body. Due to its potential to inhibit the production of amylase, an enzyme that helps break down carbohydrates, it is a great aid for weight loss plans. Though there are many types of Hibiscus, Roselle is the flower you want to use for a sweet beverage. To me, hibiscus is best enjoyed sweetened with raw sugar, and a spritz of lemon. It’s delightful to sip and savor this tea when it’s warm, but when served cold, it is ever so irresistible. Try it out for your next gathering; bring one gallon of water to a boil and add in two cups of hibiscus with orange slices, a fresh cranberries, and a stick of cinnamon. Let simmer for 30-40 minutes and add desired sweetener to taste.
LEMON BALM: With its delicate citrus aroma and gentle flavor, this herb offers a range of soothing properties. Known for its calming effects, it can ease stress and anxiety, promoting relaxation and mental well-being. Its antiviral and antibacterial properties support the immune system, while its mild sedative nature aids in promoting restful sleep.
PEPPERMINT: Its antispasmodic properties are great for soothing muscle cramps, tension headaches, and congestion relief. With its naturally caffeine-free composition, it’s a perfect choice for relaxation. And its spritely taste keeps every sense alert and spirited.
Finally, one of the most magical ways to enjoy herbal teas is to combine different plants with mindful intentions for their natural qualities to play off each other. When artfully blended, your tea experience will be warm, comforting and good for the soul like a hug in a cup. ✨🤗
Two of my favorite autumn recipes were inspired by nostalgic flavors from my childhood, with herbal combinations passed onto me by my grandmother. These blends capture the spirit of homey warmth and are sure to transport one to more simpler times, and the feeling of being surrounded by love and generational wisdom.
- ZENFUL GOLD (formally Chamomile Ginger) The fiery essence of ginger with the calm embrace of chamomile. Anti-oxidant/nausea/fungal/inflammatory. Delicious hot or cold (when I find it particularly refreshing). Soaked tea bags can be applied to brighten skin and sooth acne blemishes; freeze overnight to press over eyes to reduce puffiness.
- MOMENTUM is more than a tea – it’s a voyage that unfolds with every sip. This is the quintessential tea blend that is beneficial year round, not just for the cold weather seasons. Its flavor profile is earthy, but fruity, and its primary ingredient, mullein aids in lung detoxification and expels mucus from the body. Some even take the extra measure of gargling with Momentum as a temporary relief for oral discomfort. People who deal with respiratory complications such as asthma, cold/flu, pneumonia, and those who smoke are likely to receive the bountiful benefits of this blend
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DID YOU KNOW…? Herbal tea is good for more than drinking! The teabags are great for natural fragrance and deodorizing around the home. Tuck some into the pockets of your winter coats to keep the whole closet fresh (some varieties like cinnamon & peppermint can ward off moths!). Try them also as sachets, where they add a touch of romance among linens, in lingerie/hosiery drawers and even under pillows. Add them to foot soaks, eye compresses, facial scrubs, homemade potpourri, and more. Pro Tip: don’t throw out that used tea bag, they are just as handy, as well!
Do you have favorite tea that feels like fall to you? Other thoughts and questions? Please share in the comments below.
Disclaimer: The author makes no guarantees as to the curative effect of any herb or tonic on this website, and no visitor should attempt to use any of the information herein provided as treatment for any illness, weakness, or disease without first consulting a physician or health care provider. Pregnant women should always consult first with a health care professional before taking any treatment.