10 Best Easy Herbal Teas to Make for ALL the Reasons (To Relax, for Energy, to Detox, to Sleep, and LOTS More!)
Before I started really learning about herbs seriously, I loved to drink those herbal teas you'd find in the stores---you know, the regular old tea bags. Little did I know they were filled with chemical flavorings and were not doing my body any favors. But then, I started dabbling. I started out small--like these really easy tea blends I'm sharing with you here! If you want to start making your own tea blends for all kinds of reasons, like digestion, sleep, energy, detoxifying and lots more---these will get you going on your path!
I love my herbs. I'm so grateful for the ability to learn about them and my growing knowledge of how plants can indeed be my medicine. I use herbs for just about everything. So...when I have an issue, I first turn to my plant medicine.
Now, every person's body is different. Some people run hot, some cold, some dry, and some are more moist, right? These things generally need to be taken into consideration, along with other factors before deciding which herbs to use for specific purposes.
However, there are certain common herbs that can be generalized to support just about everyone's body for a variety of general needs. Here is a helpful list of herbs you can easily combine to create some quick and easy herbal teas to enjoy!
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10 Easy Herbal Teas to Create for Health & Enjoyment
1) To Wake Up:
Yerba Mate, Peppermint, Matcha (optional)
Yerba Mate is a South American herb that contains caffeine. The biggest difference between the caffeine in Yerba Mate vs. coffee is that there is not quite as much of it, and it also acts differently on your body. The caffeine boost you get from yerba mate is actually more gentle, doesn't tend to spike, or give you the jitters.
Add a bit of Peppermint Leaves, and you have a delightful combo that will make you shine! (These links are for Amazon.)
2) To Detox:
Dandelion Root and Burdock Root
Two of my favorite herbs for supporting the liver and kidneys are Dandelion Root and Burdock Root. You can also add or substitute Nettle Leaf. All wonderful detoxifiers and blood purifiers!
(The above links are for Starwest Botanicals---my favorite place to buy bulk herbs.)
Here is a link to my own recipe for Detox Tea, if you like. It's great for supporting the health of your skin, liver, kidneys, blood---heck! Your whole body benefits.)
For some extra detox power, munch on a spoonful of Milk Thistle seeds too!
3) To Calm Down & De-Stress:
Chamomile and Ginseng
Chamomile and Ginseng are quite a wonderful pair for de-stressing and calming. Chamomile, in combination with Ginseng is just great for your adrenal glands.
(I found this excellent Chamomile/Ginseng blend ready to go on Amazon, and although I haven't tried it, the herbs in it are perfect. I'm going to give it a shot!)
If you want to make a more involved tea, here is my recipe for Relaxation Tea. I love this stuff!
4) For Constipation:
Senna and Clove
Senna has long been used and known for its gentle stimulating action on the intestines. That's why it's great for constipation! The clove adds flavor, plus enhances the stimulating action of the senna. It's a great pair!
But, if you don't want to blend your own, try this Senna Fitness Tea that includes White Tea from Amazon.
5) For the Vitamins & Nutrition:
One of my favorite reasons for drinking herbal teas, besides the medicinal actions, is that most herbs contain high levels of nutrients and minerals. Some are jam-packed with nutrition, and are almost like taking a daily multi-vitamin! This partnership is one of my favorites.
If you wanted to really power pack this twosome with even more nutrition (or cut back on the caffeine from the black tea), add or substitute Nettle Leaf.
(The links above are for Amazon, but you can get some great bulk herbs at Starwest Botanicals, and they also have tea blends ready made to choose from as well.)
6) For Energy:
Green Tea & Mint
Green Tea and Mint....Just delicious! This is a very refreshing pair, perfect for summer time, too. I've made iced tea with this combination, and WOW! It's really nice on a hot day. Cooling and yummy.
7) For Nausea:
Ginger & Fennel
Nobody likes an upset stomach. This herbal twosome will also help with flatulence and bloating too--so it's just nice to have around. Just in case. ;-)
Here's an Ayurvedic Antacid Stomach Relief Tea blend, if you don't want to DIY.
8) For Great Digestion:
Ginger, Mint, & Lemon
This lovely threesome work together to soothe any digestive distress or just help things flow right along. Ginger and Mint, especially are the two most helpful for aiding digestion, especially after a heavy meal.
And here is a similar blend from the Tea Republic of China.
9) For Early Cold Symptoms:
Echinacea & Elder Flower-- Plus White or Green Tea
I wrote about how to stop a cold or flu from getting started when you feel those first little signs....and this easy duo is simple and easy to make. I recommend getting them from Starwest Botanicals, but if you want a blend already made here is an option from Traditional Medicinals on Amazon you should keep on hand!
10) To Sleep:
Chamomile & Passion Flower:
Two great herbs with mildly sedating effects: If you have trouble falling asleep, this soothing partnership will help you out. You can also substitute Hops for the Passion Flower too.
Or, you can try this similar Sleep Tea blend all ready to go! (This blend contains Valerian too, so it should be REALLY strong, unless you are the 1 out of 10 people who react to Valerian differently.) It looks like a very good tea combination for sleep.
If you prefer a tincture to a tea, here is a link to my Sleeping Tincture. I use it nightly and LOVE it.
Final Thoughts on Easy Herbal Pairings for Helpful Teas:
When you get in the habit of making quick herbal tea blends for yourself, you are truly taking the first steps to natural wellness and being in control! Not to mention...you can create some pretty tasty blends this way!
Just start simple, with a couple of herbs. You may find yourself adding others and branching out into some creative tea-blending realms. You can also use these blends as a base for your Kombucha Tea, if you are interested in learning to make that delicious probiotic drink for yourself!
If you are ready to start learning more about herbalism for fun, to help your family, improve your own health, or want to take it to the next level, I recommend the Herbal Academy of New England. I've taken several courses from them, and have loved it!
Do you make your own blends? What kinds of herbs have you tried together? I'd love for you to share in the comments section with us all!
Hugs, Health, and Self-Reliance,
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Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor, and this article and anything else published by me is meant simply for educational purposes. In no manner, stated or implied, is any statement I say or write meant to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent any disease or health issue. Please be sure to seek advice from your medical professional before using herbs or essential oils.