It’s easy for herbalists to rejoice with the turning of fall since cooler weather invites warm tea back into our daily routine. Whether you love to cozy up with a good book and a warm mug of tea, prepare an entire nourishing quart of tea to sip throughout the day, or enjoy a simple cup of tea as part of your morning ritual, herbal tea is a fall staple. In this article, I’m sharing four fresh, new, and flavorful fall herbal tea recipes to cozy up with soon.
4 Fall Herbal Tea Recipes To Cozy Up With
1. Vanilla Rooibos
The first of my fall herbal tea recipes is an herbal twist on a classic fall favorite. This vanilla rooibos herbal tea recipe brings in a couple new and tasty ingredients with no artificial or natural flavorings. The immune-boosting, floral aromatic of the elderflower (Sambucus nigra) is a surprisingly wonderful pairing with the naturally energizing and tannic red rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), (Hoffmann, 2003). The lightly toasted coconut flavor with the subtle sweetness of the vanilla (Vanilla spp.) extract makes for a delightful tea to cozy up with this fall.
1 teaspoon red rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) leaves
½ teaspoon vanilla (Vanilla spp.) extract or powder
1 teaspoon dried elder (Sambucus nigra) flower
1 teaspoon toasted shredded coconut
1 cup of freshly boiled water
- Add the rooibos, elderflower, and coconut together in a tea strainer over a heat-safe container.
- Pour freshly boiled water over dry ingredients and allow to steep for about 10 minutes.
- Strain the ingredients from the tea then stir in the vanilla extract. Sweeten if desired.
2. Goddess Drink
The next of my fall herbal tea recipes was spontaneously created years ago, and I jokingly called in my “goddess drink” since it felt so nourishing to yin energies and the entire quality of the tea reminded me of something a goddess herself would regularly drink. The name stuck, and the tea continues to provide a sense of “goddess-like” nourishment to all who have enjoyed it. White peony (Paeonia lactiflora) root and shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) root are both classic tonics for the female reproductive system while carrying a neutral flavor. The aromatic from the rose (Rosa spp.) buds offers a subtle floral note and a heart-relaxing effect while the nut milk creates a delightful creaminess.
- Add the water, peony root, and shatavari root to a small pot and place on the stove over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil then cover with a lid, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 40 minutes.
- Turn off the stove and remove the pot from the hot burner. Immediately add the rose buds to the pot of tea and cover with the lid. Allow the rose buds to infuse for about 5 minutes.
- Strain all of the herbs from the tea and pour into a heat-safe container. Add a splash of cashew or coconut milk and raw honey to taste (depending on how sweet you like your tea to taste).
- Relax, sip, and feel nourished.
3. Tulsi Sunrise
Another of my favorite fall herbal tea recipes is this part sweet, part spicy golden tea that truly feels like a warm cup of sunshine on a cool fall day. Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is considered a mild adaptogenic herb, helping boost our body’s ability to both defend against and adapt to the effects of stress (Hoffmann, 2003), making it an ideal herb to draw from as you transition seasons and in the morning to set the tone for the day ahead. The remaining herbs lend an inflammation-soothing, antioxidant-rich, and flavorful complement to the tulsi base. Feel free to play with the amount of lemon juice and honey you add depending on the amount of sour versus sweet you prefer.
1 teaspoon dried tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) aerial parts
¼ teaspoon turmeric (Curcuma longa) root powder
½ teaspoon dried lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) aerial parts
¼ teaspoon dried ginger (Zingiber officinalis) root
½ teaspoon dried orange (Citrus x aurantium var. sinensis) peel
1 cup freshly boiled water
½ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Raw honey to taste
- Add the tulsi, turmeric, lemongrass, ginger, and orange peel into a tea bag and place in a heat-safe container.
- Pour the freshly boiled water over the tea bag and allow to steep for about 10 minutes.
- Squeeze the excess tea from the tea bag and remove it from the mug.
- Add lemon juice and raw honey to taste. Stir well to combine.
- Sip and enjoy!
4. Cinnamon Oats
Sometimes a simple trio of herbs is all you need to make a delicious tea perfect to cozy up with this fall. The last of my fall herbal tea recipes combines cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.) and oatstraw (Avena sativa) — two of my go-to “comfort” herbs for their naturally sweet and soothing aromatics and flavors. This tea replicates the warming, cozy feeling of preparing a steaming bowl of oatmeal on a crisp fall day. Oatstraw is a wonderful herb to nourish the nervous system while the cinnamon chips provide a warming, circulatory boost (Hoffmann, 2003). Adding a pinch of licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) root helps tie the two together with a touch of sweetness.
- Add all of the herbs in a tea strainer and place in a heat-safe container.
- Pour freshly boiled water over the herbs and allow to steep for about 10 minutes.
- Strain, sweeten if desired, sip, and enjoy!
Time To Start Brewing
After learning 4 new fall herbal tea recipes to cozy up with, now it’s time to start brewing in the kitchen! Curious to learn more about which herbs are great to use during fall? Read my post on 5 Herbs To Help You Transition Seasons From Summer To Fall.
Hoffmann, D. (2003). Medical herbalism. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.