10 Health Boosting Herbal Teas

Herbal teas are a delicious and easy way to increase your fluid intake and sneak in some extra nutrients. Unlike coffee (whose health benefits are highly debated) herbal teas offer the benefits and nutrients without the caffeine (and pesticides in non-organic coffee).

There are literally thousands of combinations of herbal teas, so there is one for every palate. Herbal teas can be very inexpensive if you buy the ingredients in bulk and you can mix up your own combinations!

If you aren’t already an avid herbal tea drinker, here are some delicious combinations to break you in gently….


Chamomile flower tea is one of the most consumed teas in the world behind regular black tea. Chamomile flowers have a naturally sweet taste with a hint of an apple flavor. Chamomile is a good herbal source of  Magnesium, and is known as a soothing and relaxing herb.

It makes an excellent in the evening or in times of stress because of its mildly sedative and soothing properties. It is an excellent herb for children and can even be an effective remedy for pink eye.

Chamomile can be made into a tincture for a more potent effect and to extend shelf life.


Mint tea is probably second to Chamomile in popularity among herbal teas. Peppermint tea soothes the digestive track and is helpful for heartburn, nausea and indigestion. I drink it daily in early pregnancy to help alleviate nausea and use it in a homemade digestive tincture.

While it is especially helpful during illness, Peppermint is a delicious tea anytime and can be consumed alone or with other herbs to help increase their effectiveness.

Raspberry Leaf

Raspberry leaf is my favorite tea and I drink it daily. It is highly nutritious and especially beneficial for women as it helps balance hormones and is good for the skin. It is often consumed during pregnancy as it can strengthen the uterus and is a good source of Magnesium, Potassium, and B-Vitamins (all important during pregnancy).

Raspberry Leaf Tea has a taste similar to regular black tea and can be combined with Stevia leaf to make a naturally sweet tea. I drink it hot in the winer and cold during the summer months and my kids like it iced (and sometimes with chia seeds in it).  Herbalists often recommend Raspberry Leaf tea or tincture to women suffering from infertility, PCOS, endometriosis, or painful menses.

Sleep Easy Blend

My go-to tea when I am having trouble sleeping is an equal mixture of Chamomile, Mint, and Catnip herbs. Catnip has natural relaxing and soothing properties. It is one of the ingredients in my Sweet Dreams Sleep Tincture, which is great at helping kids relax and sleep better, especially during illness.

I mix a teaspoon each of ChamomileMint, and Catnip herbs in a glass of water for a relaxing nighttime tea that is also great during illness. This same mixture can be used to fill a homemade eye pillow to aid in sleep as well.

Lavender Tea

Lavender is my favorite scent and essential oil but it is too strong to be used alone in a tea. My favorite Lavender Tea recipe is:

Mix all and store in an air-tight container. Use 1-2 tsp per cup of water to make hot or iced tea.

Chai Tea

Chai tea is a favorite around our house and we usually make it with Raspberry Leaf tea instead of black tea and with coconut milk instead of regular milk. There are many variations of chai tea recipes and with a little experimenting, you can find the one that you like best. Here is my basic recipe to give you some ideas.

When I don’t feel like making my own, I love this caffeine free Firefly Chai that is slightly sweeter than regular Chai and is great for nighttime. If you add a little chamomile and catnip to it, it is a delicious evening drink for kids.

Herbal Coffee

Have trouble kicking the coffee habit? While I still love coffee once in a while, an herbal coffee is a great alternative without the caffeine. My favorite one packs a powerful nutritional punch too with Maca powder and dandelion root!

Stomach Soother

For stomach aches or for those prone to digestive troubles, this tea is very calming. The recipe is also very easy:

  • 2 teaspoons mint leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Pinch of dried ginger (optional)

Pour 1 cup of boiling water over it, steep, covered for 5 minutes and consume. You can also add some grass-fed gelatin powder (about a tablespoon) for a long-lasting soothing effect.


During pregnancy I drink a special tea that helps keep nausea and digestive troubles at bay and also helps strengthen the uterus. The nettle also provides Vitamin K, an essential nutrient for pregnancy and birth to help with clotting.

Many women report having easier and faster labors from using this tea, though my labors are typically 24+ hours even though I go natural, so I may not be the best example! This tea is delicious anytime, but especially during pregnancy.

What you need:

Mix and use 1 tablespoon to brew by the glass or 1 cup to brew by the gallon. Add more or less Stevia to taste. Enjoy!

Kombucha Tea

This herbal tea is consumed cold and requires a culture to make but it is packed with vitamins and probiotics. It is made with regular black tea, though I’m experimenting with making it with coffee as well. Kombucha is a slightly sweet, slightly tangy drink that can be made fizzy like soda if a secondary fermentation is done.

Here is how I make Kombucha Soda and there are endless flavor variations. Many people report extra energy and more mental clarity from drinking Kombucha.

What is your favorite herbal tea? Do you make any of your own? Share below!

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Reader Comments

  1. says

    Katie … I’m going to try the chamomile tea … question on the ones that have the flower/leaves and then they have the powder also like the stevia and also chamomile flower powder.  Your opinion on those?

    • says

      As long as herbs are the only ingredient, the powders are fine. It will actually make a stronger tea but if you are making the tea yourself from loose leaf, you will need a finer strainer to keep the powder from staying in the cup.

  2. Barbara says

    I am really interested in the Pregnancy Tea. We are trying to start a family and I have been having a cup of Red Raspberry tea everyday. Once I am pregnant how often can I drink the Pregnancy tea? I am buying the book, Making Babies by Shoshanna Easling. Hoping it will give me more info on what herbs are safe during pregnancy. I am really new to herbs and really want to start using them.

  3. says

    I just blended a huge batch of my Sweet Dreams Tea–mint from my grove, wild roses from my walks, bachelor button petals from my garden, lavender and chamomile.  I usually add lemon balm as well, but I haven’t pick any this year.
    I love this tea and enjoy how pretty it looks.

  4. says

    Oh… Tea! I love tea! Peppermint is great, and I love it except that I always get a bit hungry afterwards, it stimulates my appetite. And I love fennel, and green tea with lemon. That I cannot do without. But now… I’m heading for the kitchen to make myself a cup of chamomile. Been sitting in front of the laptop all day, it’ll be wonderful to relax a bit. Thank you for the inspiration. :)

  5. Randa says

    I’ve been enjoying iced Raspberry Leaf tea (mixed w/ honey while still hot). Question: is there any harm to men if they drink it regularly? My husband has been enjoying a glass with me daily.

  6. says

    How do you boil water for your tea? I drink tea at work and am trying to find a safe way to boil. My kettle at home is lined with aluminum I believe, and the one at work appears to be hard plastic :(

    • Elissa says

      I used to boil water on the stove in a stainless steel pot… it takes a bit longer and can be a bit more fiddly, but it’s an option…

  7. says

    Love these delightful recipes. I linked this post up in my Homemade Gifts-in-a-Jar guest post over at Keeper of the Home! Hope it brings some new friends your way! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! :) Kelly

  8. Debbie says

    Can I drink store bought Kombucha whilst pregnant, bottle says not for pregnant women???? I’ve never drank it before will this make a difference.

  9. Jenni says

    I was reading over your tea recipes and noticed you only steep them for a few minutes. To get the full benefit from teas, you should steep for 20 to 45 minutes. This goes for herbal teas. And use 1 tablespoon per cup. Also, using raspberry tea during early pregnancy should be watched. Only 1 cup a day because it can start contractions. Also, watch out for peppermint during pregnancy and breast feeding. It’s a strong herb for babies. I make up my own teas and people buy them from me. And teas with seeds in them need to be decocted before adding the leaves of other herbs. That means slowly simmering them for 30-45 minutes. Leaves, flowers and delicate parts can be infused. Woody parts and roots….seeds, hard berries need to be decocted first. I love your blog!!! It must take a lot of your time. lol I have a life similar to yours, but no time for blogging. Keep up the good work!

  10. Ally says

    Your advice regarding mint tea for pregnant people is incorrect and actually dangerous. For the same reason mint tea is great for menstrual cramps it can cause miscarriages. Ginger is safer for nausea.

  11. Rachel says

    Just purchased some Raspberry Tea, and I’m looking forward to balancing some of my “female” hormones. Thanks so much for this post and for the good advice!

  12. Alan says

    are you aware that you cannot add Maca root powder to hot beverages as the heat will break down the very fragile amino acid chain ?

  13. Stephanie says

    After years of being on birth control I came off a year ago. Since then it has been a struggle to balance my wrecked hormones. The last 2 months I have had a cup of raspberry leaf tea everyday and it has helped tremendously. It is one herb I will always keep on hand for tea.

  14. Christa says

    I’m very excited coming across your website as I search for answers to improve my health due to recurrent pregnancy loss.
    Is there a tea that is safe during pregnancy for someone who has a blood clotting issue?
    I wouldn’t be able to take the pregnan-tea because my blood clots too much.
    Thanks :)

    • Melissa W. says

      Christa, my doctor has me on one baby aspirin (81 mg) per day during pregnancy to prevent blood clotting problems. Is this an option for you? I generally don’t embrace pharmaceuticals, but natural blood thinners like Vitamin E aren’t great options in pregnancy because they bioaccumulate and don’t break down fast enough for the blood to adequately clot at delivery. Aspirin is ideal because once you stop taking it at 35 weeks, it leaves the system really quickly.

  15. Rita says

    I love using herbal teas, there are way more to use than these. Natural medicine that works great. But I have some concerns…

    Raspberry leaf tea is only safe in the last 6 weeks of pregnancy, it can cause contractions.

    Peppermint is reducing lactation, careful while breastfeeding. It also is more awaking than soothing and not perfect for before bed.

  16. Melissa W. says

    I have a few thoughts on red raspberry leaf tea that I’d like to share.

    First of all, I give it a lot of the credit for regulating my basal body temps and making it clear when I was ovulating. You should have seen how all-over-the-boards my morning temps were before I started taking it, and once I added it to my diet, my chart looked like a perfect example of a healthy BBT chart (and we conceived right away, presumably in part because we could perfectly time intercourse for optimal chances at conception; cheaper than ovulation predictor kits, eh?) Anyway, I wish I could upload a picture of the two charts next to each other!

    Second, I go easy on it during early pregnancy. No more than one cup per day. Some women have taken it in much higher quantities with no problems, but I’ve had two miscarriage at 10 weeks, so I prefer to be conservative. After the first trimester, I slowly increase my daily intake. By my third trimester, I’ll drink as much as a quart per day.

    Third, I use red raspberry leaf tea to brew my kombucha. That way I’m getting in my RRLT and some of my probiotics in one fell swoop, and the taste is delicious. Most herbal teas don’t work for kombucha, but RRLT does. I’m currently in my third trimester, so I have to brew a lot of it to keep up with the demand! :)

    Last, since it would get really pricey to purchase it in already-bagged form, I buy it in bulk from BulkHerbStore.com and it lasts a long time!

  17. Nina says

    In the winter I cannot get enough Rosehip tea!!!
    Also I drink Yogi Tea brand: Echinacea tea to keep my immune system up.

    I read you drank Raspberry leaf while pregnant!!! That is actually what one drinks to start labour! Be careful! It makes contractions!

    • Melissa W. says

      Some women do think that drinking RRLT will help start labor, but they are quite surely disappointed when they try. RRLT tones and strengthens the uterus, and yes, it can cause contractions, but that does not mean that it will cause a woman not ready to have a baby to spontaneously start labor. Women have contractions throughout the duration of pregnancy (Braxton Hicks) as the uterus prepares for the task ahead, but I have never seen any research supporting the idea that RRLT can bring on labor prematurely.

  18. Tammy says

    Raspberry leaf it’s a must for heartburn! My go to remedy. Can be combined with hibiscus and rosehips for a fruity drink.

  19. Darcie says

    Hi! I love your posts! I used to drink black tea all day. After visiting a doctor for persistent UTIs, he told me how bad black tea was for your bladder. It was #1 on the list of irritates. I asked if herbal teas were ok. Thank goodness he said yes! It opened my eyes to new teas. I drink raspberry leaves and red clover everyday now. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!

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