These are the herbs you need to make your own tea blend. Once you're familiar with the flavors and properties, feel free to mix and match!
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The following herbs are well-known for their effectiveness, versatility, and safety. Together, they make a wonderful apothecary for any budding herbalist. As you'll begin to realize, most herbs are multitaskers; getting to know just a handful can open up a world of remedies. If you are pregnant or nursing, are taking medication, or have a chronic or serious condition, check with your health-care practitioner before using herbs medicinally.


Verbascum thapsus

Parts Used: Leaf, flower

Properties: Expectorant, astringent, demulcent (soothing), antispasmodic

Used For: Infections of the respiratory system, coughs, colds, congestion. Wound healing, and as a topical herb for infections. Mullein flowers infused in olive oil are used as drops to treat ear infections.

Flavor: Mild; blends well with other flavors


Glycyrrhiza glabra

Part Used: Root

Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antiviral, demulcent (soothing)

Used For: Primary herb for adrenal support. Respiratory- and reproductive-system support.

Flavor: Very sweet. Blends well with other herbs; considered the "great harmonizer" in traditional Chinese medicine.

Safety Notes: Use only with supervision if you take heart medication or diuretics or have high blood pressure.


Zingiber officinale

Part Used: Root

Properties: Warming, decongestant, mild stimulant

Used For: Digestive problems, including motion sickness. Respiratory, circulatory, and reproductive problems. Often used as a catalyst herb in medicinal blends.

Flavor: Spicy-hot, pungent

Safety Notes: Avoid taking large doses if you are taking blood-thinning medication.


Angelica sinensis

Part Used: Root

Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, analgesic, antibiotic, antimicrobial, immune support

Used For: Nourishing tonic. Blood tonic. Reproductive tonic for women; useful for PMS and other menstrual difficulties.

Flavor: Sweet, pungent

Safety Note: Not recommended for use during menstruation.


Avena sativa, A. fatua

Part Used: Milky green tops of grain; stems (called oatstraw)

Properties: Antidepressant, nutritive, demulcent (soothing)

Used For: Prevention and treatment for nervous exhaustion, depression, decreased vitality. Adjunct therapy for nerve regeneration in MS and for neurological pain. Skin problems such as acne. Often used as a supportive herb in formulas.

Flavor: Sweet, soothing


Sambucus nigra

Part Used: Berries, flowers

Properties: Diaphoretic (increases sweating), diuretic, anti-inflammatory, immune-enhancing

Used For: Colds and flus; syrup famous for sore throat. Skin problems.

Flavor: Berries are tart but delicious when sweetened. Flowers are mildly sweet.

Safety Note: Do not confuse with red elder (Sambucus racemosa),which is toxic.


Chamomilla recutita, C nobile

Part Used: Mainly flowers

Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, carminative (anti-gas), mild bitter, relaxant

Used For: Gentle nervous-system tonic; useful for stress. Digestive aid; useful for indigestion and "nervous stomach." Skin problems.

Flavor: Mildly bitter with sweet undertones

Safety Note: Can cause allergies in people allergic to plants of the same family

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Crataegus spp.

Part Used: Leaf, flower, berry

Properties: Bioflavonoid-rich, antioxidant, antidepressant

Used For: Cardiac problems; used as a cardiac tonic and for congestive heart failure. Enhances memory. Gentle remedy for depression; uplifts the spirits.

Flavor: Pleasantly fruity; both sweet and tart

Safety Note: Consult your health-care practitioner if you are taking heart medication.


Melissa officinalis

Part Used: Leaf, flower

Properties: Antispasmodic, antiviral, diaphoretic (increases sweating), antidepressant

Used For: Stress, anxiety, depression; is relaxing, calming, somewhat uplifting. Digestive aid for "nervous stomach."

Flavor: Sweet, aromatic; blends well with other herbs

Safety Note: Use only with supervision if you have thyroid dysfunction.


Cinnamomum verum, C. zeylanicum, C. spp.

Part Used: Bark

Properties: Warming, decongestive, carminative (anti-gas), stimulant, antiseptic, antiviral

Used For: Treating colds and coughs. Digestive problems. Often used as a catalyst herb in medicinal blends.

Flavor: Warming, pungent, sweet. Helps to blend the flavors of other herbs.


Vitex Agnus castus

Part Used: Berry

Properties: Hormonal regulator; stimulant and normalizer of pituitary-gland function; restores balance of estrogen and progesterone.

Used For: Women's hormonal imbalances, such as PMS, irregular menstrual cycle, symptoms of menopause, infertility, acne associated with menstrual cycle.

Flavor: Spicy-hot, warming


Mentha piperita

Part Used: Leaf and flower

Properties: Stimulant, carminative (anti-gas), antimicrobial, antibacterial, antispasmodic, cooling, flavonoid-rich

Used For: Migraines and headaches. Indigestion. Used in creams for muscle spasms.

Flavor: Minty, uplifting, highly aromatic


Achillea millefolium

Part Used: Leaf and flower

Properties: Astringent, diaphoretic (increases sweating), antispasmodic, fever-reducing

Used For: Wound healing; helps reduce internal and external bleeding. Helps lower blood pressure. Helps regulate menstrual cycle.

Flavor: Bitter

Safety Note: May trigger allergic reactions in those sensitive to ragweed.


Echinacea purpurea, E angustifolia

Part Used: Root, leaf, flower, seed

Properties: Immune-enhancing, antimicrobial, antibacterial, wound healing, antibiotic

Used For: Prevention and treatment of respiratory infections. Treats toothaches, insect bites, topical wounds.

Flavor: Sweet, bitter, tingling

Safety Note: People allergic to the family may develop a rash. Those with auto-immune disorders should consult their health-care practitioner.


Urtica dioica. U. urens, U. pilulifer

Part Used: Mostly leaf

Properties: Anti-allergenic, anti-arthritic, mild diuretic, galatagogue (increases breast milk), nutritive

Used For: Famous tonic herb: supports liver health; supports reproductive system; increases iron levels. Root used for benign prostate hypertrophy.

Flavor: Rich "green" flavor

Safety Note: Fresh nettle has a nasty sting; harvest only with gloves.


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