Loose Herbal Tea by Benefit

Put back some pep or calm and soothe your nerves with an astonishing array of delicious Herbal Teas.

Explore our catagories to discover the benefits of Loose Leaf Herbal teas, with tradional use stretching back for thousands of years. All our Herbal teas are 100% pure, loose and dried leaves, roots, barks, seeds and flowers. A single ingredient can be effective alone, however blended together multiple ingredients can enhance the flavour of the tea, as well as its beneficial qualities.

Find out more about How To Make A Herbal Tea here. Loose leaf Herbal Teas are a wonderful way to ingest the beneficial properties of herbs, additionally taking time to enjoy a loose leaf herbal tea making ritual is a great way to take time out and unwind.

 

Astragalus

(Astragalus membranaceus)
De-Stress, Get Well, Long Life, Men
Astragalus Benefits

De-Stress

Astragalus root is considered an adaptogen – it helps to build and restore overall health to the body. It is especially used for cases of adrenal fatigue brought about by stress. 

Get Well

Astragalus has a long and enduring history as a potent immune boosting herb and disease fighter. It is an immunostimulant (an agent that stimulates the immune system) that it is known to increase the count of white blood cells and stimulate the production of antibodies.

Long Life

Astragalus has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine for longevity, to invigorate qi (vital energy) and to strengthen the body.

Men

Astragalus is extremely supportive of male hormones, by balancing glucose levels it can optimise testosterone and growth hormone levels. 

1- 2 teaspoons of root per 1 cup of boiling water, infuse for 10-15 minutes.

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Get Well, Long Life, Men
 

Black Cohosh

(Actaea Racemosa)
Women
Black Cohosh Benefits

Menopause

Having been extensively studied, many results show that Black Cohosh does indeed alleviate symptoms of the menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety and mood swings.

Women

Black Cohosh Root Tea can be useful in managing erratic periods and/or easing cramps and uterine tension. It can also stimulate menstrual bleeding and improve uterine tone. Additionally it can have an impact on the hormonal balance of the body, making it useful to combat mood swings and stress brought about by PMS or the menopause.

1 - 2 teaspoons of root in water. Set in pan over heat for 15 minutes to make a decoction.

Tea benefits... Menopause, Women
 

Blessed Thistle

(Cnicus benedictus)
Childbearing Years, Women
Blessed Thistle Benefits

Childbearing Years

Blessed Thistle has the ability to act a galactagogue (to increase milk supply). In one particular study it was concluded that the most effective of the herbal galactagogues were Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle taken together. It not only stimulates the production of breast milk, it improves the quality too.

Women

It is also a well known herb as a remedy for other female problems, helping to alleviate PMS symptoms such as painful menstruation and PMS related headaches. 

1- 2 teaspoon of cut herb or powder per 1 cup of boiling water, infuse for 10-15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Childbearing Years, Women
 

Burdock Root

(Arctium lappa)
Burdock Root Benefits

Detox

Burdock Root Tea is incredibly cleansing and detoxifying. It supports the lymphatic system - stimulating lymphatic drainage and detoxification. It is also powerfully diuretic, by increasing the rate of urination, Burdock can help to remove waste from the blood and body.

Digestive Health

Burdock Root contains inulin, a soluble and prebiotic fibre that helps improve digestion. Acting as food for healthy gut bacteria, inulin helps regulate inflammation and remove toxins from the body.

Skin and Beauty

 As a natural detoxifier, Burdock Root can help to clear the body of harmful toxins that can damage the skin.

To make Burdock Root Tea use 1-2 teaspoons per cup of boiling water and steep for 3-10 minutes.

Tea benefits... Detox, Digestive, Skin and Beauty
 

Catnip

(Nepeta cataria)
Catnip Benefits

Blues

Used by herbalists for centuries to treat anxiety and other nervous disorders, Catnip works particularly well against tension headaches and can induce a sense of relaxation, triggering relief from stress and anxiety.

Digestive Health

Catnip is particularly effective in aiding digestive issues, especially constipation, excess flatulence, cramping, and bloating. 

Peace and Wellbeing

The sedative nature of this wonderfully calming herb helps to induce a fitful and restful sleep. Drinking a cup of soothing Catnip tea before bed can be incredibly beneficial if you suffer from insomnia or any other sleep related problems.

1-2 teaspoons of loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Blues, Digestive
 

Cats Claw

(Uncaria tomentosa)
Digestive, Get Well, Children,Peace and Wellbeing
Cat's Claw

Digestive Health

Cat's Claw is extremely helpful in detoxification of the intestinal tract, whilst replenishing the friendly bacteria in the intestines. It is also used by herbalists to treat a wide range of other digestive disorders including; IBS, IBD, colitis, gastritis and peptic ulcers.

Get Well

Cat's Claw is known as an "immunomodulator" - a herb with the ability to either up-regulate or down-regulate the immune system depending on what is needed. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can bring relief from arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. 

Children

The antiviral and immune boosting qualities of Cat's Claw might be of use when children come down with a cough or cold. It has also been known to help with problems of the bowels and colon.

Peace and Wellbeing

Cats Claw has many varying phytochemicals which contribute to it's multifaceted uses. Used as a tonic, Cats Claw has the ability to rebalance the body, bringing it into a natural state of wellbeing. 

Tea benefits... Children, Digestive, Get Well, Peace and Wellbeing
 

Catuaba Bark

(Erythroxylum catuaba)
Catuaba Benefits

Aphrodisiac

Meaning “what gives strength to an Indian”, Catuaba bark is categorised as a stimulant and is renowned in South America as a powerful aphrodisiac. Catuaba contains 3 specific alkaloids believed to support libido, including “yohimbe”, which seems to be the most active compound that produces a stimulatory effect on the libido of both men and women. These alkaloids are thought to enhance sexual function by stimulating the nervous system.

Men

Research shows that Catuaba bark may enhance erectile strength by widening blood vessels, allowing more blood to flow to the penis.

Make tea with 1-2 teaspoons of the bark per cup of hot water, steep for 15 - 20 mins. Drink before sexual activity. Can be sweetened with a little honey or Agave syrup.mins. 

Tea benefits... Aphrodisiacs, Men
 

Celery Seed

(Apium graveolens)
Detox, De-Stress, Digestive, Women
Celery Seeds Benefits

De-Stress

Celery Seeds have calming and sedative properties due to the presence of the phytochemical limonene which acts as a mild tranquiliser. Celery Seed Tea can be very beneficial for treating anxiety, nervousness, mental stress and insomnia.

Detox

Celery seeds are rich in the diuretic oils 3-n-Butylpthalide (3nB), which give celery its distinctive smell and taste. These powerful diuretics cleanse the system of excess fluids and stimulate the kidneys to flush out waste from the body.

Digestive Health

Celery Seeds are one of nature's best anti-bloating herbs. Benefits of Celery Seed Tea include promoting healthy bowel regularity and reducing gas and flatulence.

Women

Celery Seeds can be effective against menstrual discomfort, abnormal menstrual flow and irregular menstrual cycles.

To make Celery Seed Tea use 1 – 2 teaspoons of seeds, cover with hot water and leave to steep for 10 minutes.

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Detox, Digestive, Women
 

Chaga Mushroom

(Inonotus obliquus)
Get Well, Long Life
Chaga Mushroom Benefits

Get Well

Chaga is rich in beta-glucans – one of the most potent and healing polysaccharides known. It is a powerful immune system activator and can reduce the blood sugar of people who have abnormal blood sugar peaks.

Long Life

The Siberians used Chaga Mushroom to boost physical stamina and attain a long life. In comparison to their close neighbours the Inuits (who did not use Chaga), their average life span was 40 – 50 years in contrast to the people from Siberian tribes who regularly lived to be 90 – 110 years old.

Chaga chunks can be brewed into a tea. Heat in water over a low heat(160°F or 75°C) to extract the phyto-chemicals of this medicinal mushroom. Brew for up to an hour, (will turn a deep brown colour, then drink). The same chunk can be re-used until the water extracted from the chunk is pale in colour.

Tea benefits... Get Well, Long Life
 

Chamomile

(Matricaria Chamomilla )
Chamomile Benefits

De-Stress/Relax and Sleep

As a relaxant, Chamomile depresses the central nervous system, reducing anxiety and promoting restful sleep while not disrupting normal performance or function. This is due to the active principles of chamomile including flavonoids, glycosides, and essential oils. 

Digestive Health

Chamomile contains a complex collage of phytochemicals that work individually and collectively on all aspects of the digestive system. Often the root of digestive upset, nervousness can also be calmed by this mildly sedative herb.

1-2 teaspoons of loose flowers in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Digestive, Relax and Sleep
 

Cinnamon

(Cinnamon zeylanicum)
Cinnamon

Children

For children, Cinnamon can help release nervous tension, regulate blood sugar levels, help with feelings of nausea and has antibacterial properties.

Digestive Health

Cinnamon aids the digestive system in different ways such as soothing the stomach, increasing metabolism, increasing appetite, and relieving flatulence. Cinnamon is known as a carminative because it contains an agent that assists in breaking up intestinal gas. For people with heartburn, it can be used as a post-meal digestive aid and to stimulate a weak digestive tract.

Cinnamon bark can be broken up in a pestle and mortar, and used in beverages. Add ½ to 2 teaspoons of powdered cinnamon or broken up pices of bark, to 1 cup of boiling water, steep for 10 -15 mins. To make an Indian Chai Tea with black tea, cinnamom, cardamom, ginger, fennel seeds, vanilla and milk.

 

Tea benefits... Children, Digestive, Tastes Good
 

Coltsfoot

(Tussilago farfara)
Coltsfoot plant

Get Well

Coltsfoot Tea has a slightly bitter taste which can be sweetened with a little Coconut Sugar, Agave Syrup or Honey. The main benefit of the Coltsfoot herb is its ability to sooth the throat from the high content of mucilage found in the leaves and flowers. This plant can be of great benefit to those suffering from sore throat, dry hacking cough and throat irritation.

Having a very long history in Europe and China, Coltsfoot has remained a plant that has always been associated with helping heal problems of the respiratory tract. It is commonly mistaken for Dandelion because of the similarity of the flower heads.

Tea benefits... Get Well
 

Damiana

(Turnera diffusa)
Damiana Benefits

Aphrodisiac

Damiana has an ancient, erotic reputation, particularly amongst Mexican Indians. A male and female sexual stimulant, this is the Aphrodisiac to use when sexual dysfunction is attached to strong emotions such as anxiety, stress and mild depression.

Men

For men, Damiana is especially indicated for alleviating problems of achieving and maintaining erections.

Blues/Peace and Wellbeing

One of the active constituents of this herb is thymol, and it is this compound that is responsible for Damiana’s life enhancing and stimulating effect on the mind and body.

Damiana Tea is brought to you all the way from South American rainforests. With an amazingly pungent aroma and unique taste, Damiana Tea is a great blending herb to go with other loose leaf teas.

1 - 2 teaspoons of bark in water. Set in pan over heat for 15 minutes to make a decoction.

Tea benefits... Aphrodisiacs, Blues, Men, Peace and Wellbeing
 

Dandelion

(Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelion Benefits

Detox

The Dandelion herb is especially indicated in detoxification of the liver, restoring hydration along with electrolyte balance. Dandelion root contains a bitter compound, "taraxacerin" that increases the level of bile secreted by the gallbladder, helping the liver to detoxify more efficiently. It is also diuretic, aiding the liver and kidneys to flush away excess water and waste, supporting the body as it eliminates harmful toxins. 

Digestive Health

Dandelion supports the detoxification and cleansing of the digestive tract. Known as a “bitter tonic”, it stimulates digestion and acts as a mild laxative by softening stools, thus aiding in constipation. Dandelion root also supports gut flora as it contains constituents such as inulin that act as a prebiotic – a specialised plant fibre that promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the gut.

1-2 teaspoons of Loose Leaf or Root in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Detox, Digestive
 

Echinacea

(Echinacea Purpurea)
Echinacea Benefits

Detox

Echinacea is a wonderfully supportive herb to assist the body both during and after a detox. It can stimulate and modulate immune response, reducing sore throats and raised lymph glands (common detox symptoms). It also increases the body's overall ability to dispose of bacteria, infected and damaged cells, toxins and other harmful chemicals.

Get Well

Echinacea has been proven to cut the chances of catching the common cold by up to 58%, and if suffering from a cold it can reduce its duration by 1 - 2 days. 

Leaf: 1-2 teaspoons of Loose Leaf in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Cut Root: 1-2 teaspoon of loose root per one cup of water. Set in pan over a heat for 15 - 20 minutes to make a decoction. Serve with honey to taste.

Tea benefits... Detox, Get Well
 

Elderberry

(Sambucus)
Elderberry Benefits

Get Well

Elderberries are particularly rich in flavonoids, especially anthocyanins which are responsible for their deep purple (almost black) colouring. These powerful antioxidants work to keep the immune system strong and resilient. There is much research that points to the effectiveness of these tiny berries against colds and flu, including prevention and shorter duration of the virus. 

Tea Powder - ½ - 2 teaspoons per 1 cup of hot water, per person

Tea benefits... Get Well
 

Eyebright

(Euphrasia)
Get Well
Eyebright Benefits

Get Well

Working against allergies, colds, sinusitis and general respiratory discomfort, Eyebright contains naturally astringent tannins that can help to reduce catarrh and mucus discharge.

1-2 teaspoons of leaves per 1 cup of boiling water, steep for 5 - 10 minutes.

Tea benefits... Get Well
 

Fennel Seed

(Foeniculum vulgare)
Children, Detox, Digestive, Menopause, Women
Fennel Benefits

Children

It is important to note that it is pure Fennel Tea that is helpful to children’s health, not herbal supplements. Fennel tea is excellent for children with colic and digestive weakness, enhancing digestion and assimilation of food. It helps in reducing colic symptoms by relaxing the gastrointestinal tract and releasing trapped gas.

Detox

Fennel is a wonderfully supportive herb to the liver, it contributes to liver enzyme function and helps detoxify and cleanse through this important organ. Drinking Fennel Tea regularly helps to flush out excess fluids as it works as a diuretic, thereby helping the removal of toxic substances.

Digestive Health

Fennel Seed Tea helps to relax the smooth muscles of the digestive system, which stimulates bile flow and reduces pain associated with digestive problems.

Menopause

Fennel is a powerful herb to assist women undergoing changes due to the menopause. Many studies have found it helps to minimise symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats.

Women

Fennel Seed Tea has been used by women in the Mediterranean area for many years to alleviate the symptoms of PMS and menstrual cramps.

1-2 teaspoons of Loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Children, Detox, Digestive, Menopause, Women
 

Feverfew

(Tanacetum parthenium)
Feverfew Benefits

Women

Feverfew has been shown to help reduce pain from menstrual cramps by reducing prostaglandin production. 

According to the National Headache Foundation, nearly three times as many women as men experience migraines. Feverfew may help relieve the nausea and vomiting associated with these debilitating headaches or reduce the need for preventive drugs.

Use 1-2 teaspoons of Feverfew Leaf Tea per cup of boiling water and steep for 3-10 minutes depending on taste. 

Tea benefits... Women
 

Ginger

(Zingiber officinale (Roscoe))
Ginger Benefits

Detox

A staple ingredient in many detox and cleanse protocols, Ginger stimulates digestion, circulation and perspiration. Containing over 25 antioxidant compounds, this zingy spice scavenges free radicals whilst stimulating antioxidant pathways.

Digestive Health

When it comes to digestion Ginger reigns supreme as the go to spice for almost all digestive complaints. Ginger contains many natural enzymes that improve digestion and the absorption of nutrients. 

1-2 tsp of powder in 1 cup boiling water, steep for 15 mins, drink with honey or agave. Good as part of a tea blend.

Tea benefits... Detox, Digestive, Tastes Good
 

Ginkgo Biloba

(Ginkgo biloba, Salisburia adiantifolia, Salisburia macrophylla)
Aphrodisiacs, Blues, Memory, Men, Women
Ginkgo Biloba Benefits

Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Tea Has several positive effects that all stem from increased blood flow and circulation.

Aphrodisiac

Ginkgo Biloba is seen as an aphrodisiac because of its capacity to boost circulation and increase blood flow to the genitals.

Blues

Ginkgo Biloba is an excellent herb when taken for both the physical and emotional effects of depression and anxiety. Poor blood flow to the brain is linked with depression, anxiety, poor focus and low energy levels, and a condition known as "cerebrovascular insufficiency". Research indicates that Ginkgo Biloba can improve symptoms linked to cerebrovascular insufficiency, supporting healthy circulation to the brain thus reducing feelings of depression and anxiety.

Men

Ginkgo also lowers the stress hormone cortisol  and enhances the production of all-important testosterone, making this an excellent herb to use for performance related anxiety. By lowering sex related inhibitions and easing stress, Ginkgo Biloba can help to create the right mood for love. 

Memory

Ginkgo improves memory and concentration by allowing more blood to flow freely around the brain. 

Women

Ginkgo Biloba has been shown to be of great benefit to PMS in several clinical trials. It not only improves the psychological symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome, it also helps to alleviate some physical issues.

Overall a very pleasant tea - works well with Sencha Green Tea. 1-2 teaspoons of Loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Aphrodisiacs, Blues, Memory, Men, Women
 

Green Tea

(Camellia sinensis)
Memory, Peace and Wellbeing

Memory

Green tea contains caffeine which stimulates the mind improving memory but also a very important amino acid that crosses the protective blood membrane of the brain.

This amino acid, L-theanine, works with caffeine to stimulate the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA which leads to increased levels of dopamine and effectively calms the mind.

Peace and Wellbeing

Additionally, L-theanine has a relaxing (although not sedative) effect, able to bring about a state of "calm attentiveness". It can sharpen focus and concentration whilst reducing stress and enhancing overall wellbeing.

1-2 teaspoons per 1 cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Memory, Peace and Wellbeing
 

Gynostemma

(Gynostemma pentaphyllum)
Long Life
Gynostemma Benefits

Long Life

People in the original local region of China where Gynostemma was traditionally taken are found to have longer life spans, less disease and greater vitality than just about any other people in the world. You too can reap the same longevity benefits from just 1 - 2 cups of Gynostemma Tea per day. 

Add ½ - ¾ teaspoon of leaf per 1 cup of hot water, leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Goes well with a herbal tea blend.

Tea benefits... Long Life
 

Hawthorn Berries

(Crataegus laevigata)

Digestive Health

Hawthorn Berries stimulate bile and gastric secretions, aiding in the digestion of stagnant food in the GI tract, especially that which is rich in fats or protein.They also contain various organic compounds that interact with gut flora to improve the digestion of nutrients.

1 teaspoon of berries in water. Set in pan over heat for 15 minutes to make a decoction.

 

Tea benefits... Digestive
 

Hibiscus Flower

(Hibiscus sabdariffa)
Get Well, Tastes Good

Get Well

Having a good amount of vitamin C, Hibiscus Flowers Tea can be used to provide a natural boost to the immune system while also lowering blood pressure. There are also certain chemicals in Hibiscus that have been proven to cleanse the intestine of foreign bacteria making the immune system more effective.

Hibiscus Flowers Tea is a very interesting mix of sweet and astringent flavours.

Use 1-2 teaspoons per cup of boiling water and steep for 3-10 minutes depending on taste.

Tea benefits... Get Well, Tastes Good
 

Horny Goat Weed

(Epimedium sagittatum)
Aphrodisiacs, Men, Menopause, Women
Horny Goat Weed Benefits

Horny Goat Weed has been used for centuries as an aid for both men and women to evoke amorous feelings.

Aphrodisiac

Behind its comical name, Horny Goat Weed stands as a time tested aphrodisiac that increases libido and improves erectile function in men. It increases blood circulation, thus improving blood flow to the genital area of women too, this herb is excellent for stimulating female libido and decreasing sexual dysfunction.

Men

Horny Goat Weed can also benefit men in the gym, increasing lean muscle mass, improving muscular “pump” and enhancing levels of stamina and endurance.

Women/Menopause

Several studies have found that the active constituents of Horny Goat Weed balance oestrogen and estradiol levels in women. This can alleviate many uncomfortable symptoms of menopause including low libido and vaginal dryness.

1-2 desertspoons of loose leaf herbs per cup of water. Steep for 15 minutes.
 

Tea benefits... Aphrodisiacs, Men, Menopause, Women
 

Hyssop

(Hyssopus officinalis)

1- 2 teaspoon of cut herb or powder per 1 cup of boiling water, infuse for 10-15 minutes.

 

 

Jasmine

Jasmine

Peace and Wellbeing

This herbal tea has the power to calm and arouse making it great anytime of the day.

Skin and Beauty

Jasmine flowers have an age old tradition of being associated with beauty. Their fragrance intoxicates and enhances the senses.

Traditionalists might like to mix Jasmin Flowers with Sencha Green Tea or you could mix it with other blends to add aroma and taste. A highly enjoyable cup of tea.

Tea benefits... Peace and Wellbeing, Skin and Beauty, Tastes Good
 

Lavender

(Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender Benefits

Blues

Lavender has been used for centuries as a remedy for anxiety and depression. Studies show that Lavender can be as effective at treating anxiety as its pharmaceutical counterparts.

Relax and Sleep 

If you suffer from restless nights then Lavender has been proven to increase the time to awaken after first falling asleep. A soothing cup of Lavender tea before bedtime can promote a restful night's sleep.

1-2 teaspoons of loose flowers in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

 

Tea benefits... Blues, Peace and Wellbeing, Relax and Sleep
 

Lemon Balm

(Melissa officinalis)
Lemon Balm Benefits

De-Stress

Lemon Balm is an anti-anxiety nootropic (a herb used to enhance cognitive function), used since the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety.

Digestive Health

Lemon Balm is what's known as a "carminative herb", meaning it can relieve stagnant digestion, ease abdominal cramping, and promote the overall digestive process.

Relax and Sleep

The difference between Lemon Balm being an effective anti-anxiety herb and a sleep aid is dosage. It combines extremely well with the herb Valerian, with several studies showing that these two herbs combined can induce a deep and restful night’s sleep.

1-2 teaspoons of Loose Leaf in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

 

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Digestive, Relax and Sleep
 

Lemon Peel

(Citrus Limonum)

1-2 teaspoons of loose peel in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

 

Tea benefits... Tastes Good
 

Lime Flowers

(Tilia cordata)
Lime Flowers Benefits

De-Stress

Linden Flowers are classed as a nervine and have a long history of use as a folk remedy for improving mental function, moods and sleep. One of the active ingredients in Linden is an essential oil called farnesol, a sedative which helps relax the cardiovascular system, which in turn helps to curb stress.

Digestive Health

Lime Flowers are known as a “carminative” herb, an aromatic bitter tonic that can be used to aid in digestive upset. The blend of phytonutrients found in Lime Flowers can stimulate proper digestion whilst reducing gastrointestinal discomfort. The mucilagous substance produced by this herb lines the digestive tract, allowing food to move through the body more easily.

 

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Digestive
 

Liquorice

(Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Blues, De-Stress, Digestive, Tastes Good
Liquorice Benefits

Blues

Liquorice is known to have 8 different anti-depressant compounds, known as MOA (monoamine oxidase) inhibitors. These inhibitors are capable of potent anti-depressant activity and show significant improvement for all types of depression.

De-Stress

Research shows that Liquorice is a powerful adaptogenic herb, able to help the body to manage the stress hormone “cortisol” more efficiently.

Digestive Health

Liquorice root is a natural antacid that helps to relieve heartburn, indigestion, gastric and stomach ulcers, acid reflux and symptoms of GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).

Cut root: 1 - 2 teaspoons of bark in water. Set in pan over heat for 15 minutes to make a decoction.

Powder: 1-2 tsp of powder in 1 cup boiling water, steep for 15 mins, drink with honey or agave. Good as part of a tea blend.

Tea benefits... Blues, De-Stress, Digestive, Tastes Good
 

Marigold

(Calendula officinalis)
Get Well
Marigold Benefits

Get Well

Due to its anti-microbial and antiseptic qualities, Marigold is an effective remedy for sore throats, gingivitis, tonsillitis and mouth ulcers. Gargling with Marigold tea will help to soothe the mucus membranes of the throat whilst easing the pain.

1-2 teaspoons of loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Get Well
 

Marshmallow

(Althaea afficinalis)

1-2 teaspoons of Loose Leaf in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

 

Tea benefits... Tastes Good
 

Meadowsweet

(Filipendula ulmaria)
Digestive, Get Well
Meadowsweet Benefits

Digestive Health

Meadowsweet soothes and protects the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and stomach lining whilst reducing acidity. It is used in the treatment of heartburn, hyperacidity, gastritis and peptic ulceration. A soothing cup of aromatic Meadowsweet Tea helps to support optimum digestion. 

Get Well

As well as containing aspirin like properties for pain relief, Meadowsweet Tea can bring down fevers and is often used as a remedy for colds and flu.

1-2 teaspoons of loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Digestive, Get Well
 

Mistletoe

(Viscum alba loranthaceae)
De-Stress, Relax and Sleep

De-Stress

Mistletoe is a powerful nervine - a herb that strengthens and feeds the nervous system. For anxiety, Mistletoe acts to lower the stress hormone cortisol, bringing the nerves down to a more manageable level. 

Relax and Sleep

Mistletoe has been used traditionally as a relaxant and herbal remedy for sleep for centuries. The chemical components of this herb impact the release of neurotransmitters that calm down and soothe the nervous system - this in turn will allow for a healthy and restful sleep.

1-2 teaspoons of loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

 

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Relax and Sleep
 

Motherwort

(Leonurus cardiaca)
Blues, Childbearing Years, Relax and Sleep, Women
Motherwort Benefits

Blues

When depression, anxiety and panic attacks are the result of grief and/or heartbreak, Motherwort is the herb to heal your heart. Motherwort soothes the nervous system and acts as a powerful vasodilator, regulating heart rhythm and minimising palpitations.

Childbearing Years

Though it is not to be used until labour, Motherwort can ease early labour pains if they begin prematurely. It can also alleviate the restlessness, anxiety, tension and insomnia some women experience during labour. Postnatally, it is given to help the uterus relax and return to normal.

Relax and Sleep

In higher doses, Motherwort can also act as a sedative, greatly aiding restfulness and sleep quality.

Women

Motherwort acts as a uterine tonic which helps to regulate menstruation, bring on delayed periods and can reduce smooth muscle cramping – particularly menstrual cramps. It can also help relieve premenstrual tension and discomfort.

1-2 teaspoons of loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Blues, Childbearing Years, Relax and Sleep, Women
 

Mugwort

(Artemisia Vulgaris)
Digestive, Women
Mugwort Benefits

Digestive Health

Mugwort is known as a bitter digestive that can relieve stomach acidity, dyspepsia, travel sickness and acute bowel and stomach pain.

Women

Mugwort is a uterine tonic and an emmenagogue (a substance that stimulates or increases menstrual flow). The uterus depends on healthy circulation to the pelvic region and strong uterine muscles to function properly. A toned uterus that is receiving good blood circulation allows for healthy monthly periods.

Use 1-3 teaspoon of the leaves to 1 cup of boiling water. Infuse for 10-15 minutes then strain.

Tea benefits... Digestive, Women
 

Nettle

(Urtica dioica)
Nettle Benefits

Detox

Nettles are potent detoxifiers, well known to have properties that cleanse the blood and flush out harmful toxins. As a diuretic, Nettle can ensure any toxins that have been neutralised in the body are eliminated quickly. 

Men

Nettle supports free testosterone in the body – free testosterone is usable testosterone (as opposed to bound), Nettle Root can work with the sex hormone binding globulin, making testosterone more available for the body to use. A good balance of free testosterone in the body is known to foster better overall health. 

Additionally, many studies have shown that Nettle Root is effective in reducing the size of an enlarged prostate as well as alleviating the symptoms associated with it. Nettle leaf works well for inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis).

1 - 3 tsp Nettle Leaf or Root per 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Detox, Men
 

Passion Flower

(Passiflora incarnate)
Blues, Relax and Sleep
Passion Flower Benefits

Blues/Relax and Sleep

If depression is related to the menopause then Passion Flower could be the most effective herb. If symptoms are causing sleep disruption and insomnia, Passion Flower's tranquilising effect can induce a restful and fitful sleep. Passion Flower is known to be a muscle relaxant, easing away tension that can make it more difficult to drift off to sleep.

1-2 teaspoons of loose leaf in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Blues, Relax and Sleep
 

Pau D'arco

(Tabebuia Avellanedae or Tabebuia Impetiginosa)
Detox, Digestive, Get Well
Pau d'arco Benefits

Detox

Pau D'arco is an incredibly supportive herb during a detox and cleanse. It contains some powerful antioxidant compounds including; quercetin, flavonoids and carnosol. It is essential to support the body with antioxidants before, during and after a detox and cleanse as this will speed up the removal of released toxins and other harmful substances.

Digestive Health

Pau D'Arco stimulates the digestive system to keep food moving through the body – especially the colon, which can be likened to the sewage tank of the body – needing to be cleaned, emptied and maintained to function properly.

Get Well

Pau D’arcos antiviral properties are legendary in its native South America with it being used as such for 1000’s of years. Viruses stopped in their tracks by Pau D’arco tea range from the common cold to more serious viruses that can cause life threatening diseases.

1 - 2 teaspoons of bark in water. Set in pan over heat for 15 minutes to make a decoction.

 

Tea benefits... Detox, Digestive, Get Well
 

Raspberry

(Rubus idaeus)

Childbearing Years

Raspberry Leaf is perhaps most famous for its use in matters of fertility, childbirth and postnatal care. High in antioxidant vitamins, it helps to clear toxins from the system that might be preventing pregnancy. It also strengthens the uterine wall which may increase the chances of embryo implatation whilst reducing the risk of early miscarriage.

There are anecdotal accounts of women experiencing shorter and less painful labours that are attributed to the use of Raspberry Leaf Tea. It is reported to be especially beneficial to women who what a vaginal birth after a caesarian section because it strengthens both the uterine wall and the round ligaments surrounding the uterus.

Post-natally, Raspberry Leaf Tea can help the uterus return to pre-pregnancy size and help to reduce post-natal depression. It is also commonly used to stimulate the production of breast milk. 

1- 2 teaspoon of cut herb or powder per 1 cup of boiling water, infuse for 10-15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Childbearing Years, Women
 

Red Clover

(Trifolium pretense)
Red Clover Benefits

Menopause

Red Clover has been found to contain estrogen mimicking flavonoids, known as phytoestrogens these substances can contribute to maintaining normal estrogen levels during the menopause. This is especially helpful in reducing hot flashes and night sweats – two of the most common symptoms experienced by women in this change of life.

Skin and Beauty

Red Clover can retard the process of skin aging due to its estrogen-like effects, helping to maintain youthful and vibrant skin.

1-2 teaspoons of loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

 

Tea benefits... Menopause, Skin and Beauty
 

Rose

(It is impractical to try and list all the myriad varieties of rose that have been developed by now. A common one used in herbalism where many petalled heads are required is Rosa centifolia or the hundred petalled rose)

1-2 teaspoons of rose petals in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes.

A middle eastern recipe for a sweet rose decoction is as follows; To serve 4, place 1.5 cups of rose petals in a saucepan. Cover with 3 cups of water and boil for 5 minutes, or until the petals become discoloured. Strain into teacups and add honey to taste.
 
A traditional Royal Victorian recipe is to blend rose petals with China black tea. Perfect served in fine China cups for kings, queens, friends and loved ones.

 

Tea benefits... Tastes Good
 

Rosehip

(Rosa canina)
Get Well, Skin and Beauty
Rosehip

Get Well

Aside from the huge amount of immune boosting vitamin C, the carotenoids, flavonoids, and polyphenols found in Rose Hips are very powerful antioxidants which keep the body healthy and the immune system strong.

Skin and Beauty

The astringent quality of Rose Hips can maintain skin elasticity, thus preventing wrinkles and keeping the skin looking young and vibrant.

1 - 4 grams per serving, steep for 5 - 10 minutes.

 

Tea benefits... Get Well, Skin and Beauty
 

Sage

(Salvia officinalis)
Memory, Menopause
Sage Benefits

Memory

Used for centuries to clear the mind and improve memory, Sage has now been extensively studied and science agrees with the old wives tales. One study found that even the smallest amount of Sage significantly improved memory in comparison with the placebo group.

Menopause

It has been well documented for centuries that the use of Sage in the alleviation of night sweats and hot flushes has considerable effect. 

1-2 teaspoons of Loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Memory, Menopause
 

Sassafras

(Sassafras officinale)

1-2 tsp of powder in 1 cup boiling water, steep for 15 mins, drink with honey or agave. Good as part of a tea blend.

 

 

Schizandra

(Schisandra chinensis)
De-Stress, Long Life, Skin and Beauty
Schisandra Benefits

De-Stress

It has been found that Schizandra reduces cortisol levels in the body (the stress hormone) and is effective in controlling changes in serotonin and adrenaline caused by stress. This adaptogenic berry also fights the adrenal fatigue that is linked to stress. 

Long Life

Often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine longevity formulas, the Schizandra Berry has long been known to maintain vitality and support healthy cellular function.

Skin and Beauty

The Schizandra berry was cherished by Chinese royalty for its beauty and anti-aging qualities. Packed with antioxidants, including key vitamins C and E, Schisandra’s strong astringent qualities enable the skin to hold in moisture for more fullness.

1-2 tsp of berries or powder in 1 cup boiling water, steep for 15 mins, drink with honey or agave. Good as part of a tea blend.

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Long Life, Skin and Beauty
 

Skullcap

(Scutellaria lateriflora)
De-Stress, Relax and Sleep, Women
Skullcap Benefits

Blues/De-Stress

Before the advent of pharmaceutical tranquilisers, Skullcap was the go to herb for the relief of anxiety and nervous tension. Studies have since shown it exhibits “anxiolytic activity” in animals and humans – meaning it inhibits anxiety.

Relax and Sleep

If an overactive, restless mind is preventing you from getting a good night's sleep then Skullcap is the herb for you. While many remedies, both traditional and herbal, can lull you to sleep like skullcap, most leave you groggy in the morning. A cup of Skullcap tea before bedtime promotes sound sleep without the unwanted side effects, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalised in the morning.

Women

The delicate balance of phytochemicals in Skullcap exhibit strong antispasmodic activity, making it an extremely effective herb for menstrual cramps and its calming action aids PMT symptoms.

1- 2 teaspoon of cut herb or powder per 1 cup of boiling water, infuse for 10-15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Blues, De-Stress, Relax and Sleep, Women
 

St John's Wort

(Hypericum perforatum)
St John's Wort Benefits

Blues

The most famous use of St John’s Wort is as a remedy for mild to moderate depression. Many studies have found the herb to be equally as effective as traditional antidepressants, but with fewer side effects in mild to moderately depressed patients.

Relax and Sleep

St John's Wort aids in enhancing metabolism and the internal body clock to combat irritability, anxiety and insomnia. 

1-2 teaspoons of loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Blues, Relax and Sleep
 

Thyme

(Thymus vulgaris)

1-2 teaspoons of Loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

 

 

Tulsi (Holy Basil)

(Ocimum tenuiflorum)
Tulsi

De-Stress

Stress leads to elevated cortisol levels which can cause havoc in the body if not kept in check. Holy Basil has the ability to regulate cortisol levels and balance hormone levels naturally.

Peace and Wellbeing

The complex combination of phytonutrients in Tulsi work synergistically to create a general sense of wellbeing, working to boost energy and enhance focus in order to deal with the stresses and strains of daily life. 

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Peace and Wellbeing
 

Valerian

(Valeriana officinalis)
De-Stress, Relax and Sleep
Valerian Benefits

De-Stress

The valerenic acid and valerenol contained in the Valerian root act as anti-anxiety agents, stabilising the central nervous system.Valerian root can also help to keep your stress levels down – significantly helping with daily stress management.

Relax and Sleep

Valerian root  has been shown to increase GABA levels in the brain which can in turn not only reduce the amount of time taken to fall asleep, it can also improve the quality of sleep too.

1- 2 teaspoon of cut herb or powder per 1 cup of boiling water, infuse for 10-15 minutes.
 

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Relax and Sleep
 

Vanilla

(Vanilla planifolia)
Vanilla

1/2 tsp of powder in 1 cup boiling water, steep for 15 mins, drink with honey or agave. Good as part of a tea blend.

Tea benefits... Tastes Good
 

Wild Lettuce

(Lactuca virosa)
Relax and Sleep
Wild Lettuce Benefits

Relax and Sleep

Wild lettuce is a natural sedative, useful in the treatment of insomnia and anxiety. It is said to produce a euphoric, dreamy effect making it much easier to drop off to sleep.

1-2 teaspoons of Loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Relax and Sleep
 

Wormwood

(Artemisia absinthum)
Wormwood Benefits

Digestive Health

Wormwood is a bitter herb affecting the bitter sensing tastebuds that send signals to the brain to stimulate the entire digestive system, (salivation, stomach acid production, intestinal tract movement). It also stimulates the release of bile from the liver, the storage of bile in the gallbladder and other secretions from the intestinal glands, which will enhance the body’s ability to digest food.

A common cause of weak digestion is too little stomach acid (not too much) – acid reflux is the result of weak stomach acid that is unable to properly digest food. Hydrochloric acid (HCL) production is stimulated by Wormwood, and it will optimise bowel flora whilst killing off dangerous organisms such as Helicobacter Pylori which can lead to duodenal ulcers if left untreated. It can also help the recovery from long term illness by improving the uptake of nutrients.

Take ½  - 1 teaspoons of the herb per cup of boiling hot water. Do not exceed 1 cup of Wormwood tea per day. 

Tea benefits... Digestive

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