Medicinal Herbs for Teas

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I have compiled a list of herbal teas, most from Nature’s Creation Book. The majority can be grown in herb pots and used fresh. I live in a sub-tropical area of Australia and I’m able to grow Turmeric and Ginger outside but both Turmeric and Ginger can be grown inside in pots. 

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Parts Used: leaves

Digestive, calmative, soothes dry coughs, good for colic, breath freshener.

Side Effects: Can aggravate high blood pressure, and have a negative effect if taking iron supplements.


Parts Used: seeds within pods

Tonic for digestive system, relieves nausea, congestion, stress reducer, breath freshener.

Side Effects: None known.

Cleavers (Sticky Weed)

Parts Used: leaves/stems

Considered one of the best herbal cleansing tonics known…purifies the blood, lymphatic system and kidneys, as well as remove toxins from the body. Clears skin conditions.

Side Effects:  None known.

Chamomile (German)

Parts Used: flowers

Calming, soothing…calms nervous and digestive systems, anti-inflammatory. 

Side Effects: None known.


Parts Used: Sticks

Awakens the 5 senses allowing full enjoyment of meals, clears a path to the intuition, warming…fights off winter chills, anti-inflammatory, digestive, antibacterial, antifungal.

Side Effects: Considered safe.


Considered by Pacific Islanders as a cure for all illnesses.

Side Effects: Ripened coconut not recommended for those suffering from diarrhea, dysentery and colic disorders. Should not be given to people suffering from liver disorders and higher cholesterol.


Numbs pain (good for toothache), kills bacteria, good for viral infections, upset stomach and as an expectorant. Clove oil can be used for intestinal gas, nausea, and vomiting.

Side Effects: Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take clove in medicinal doses.


Parts Used: Seeds, root, essential oil.

Properties very similar to Anise.  Digestive, breath freshener, expectorant, good for chronic coughs. Specifically effects the digestive, urinary, and nervous systems.

Side Effects: Excess amount fennel can disrupt the nervous system. May produce contact dermatitis.


Parts used: leaves and flowers

An effective remedy in preventing migraines, headaches, nervousness or pain.

Side Effects: Allergic reactions to feverfew are rare. May effect some prescription and non-prescription medications.


Parts Used: Fresh or dried rhizome

The Ginger rhizome contains the constituent gingerol, found to inhibit the production of prostaglandins, which induce inflammation and considered a successful herbal alternative to many arthritis drugs. It is also excellent in the treatment of nausea and extremely effective when taken for travel/motion sickness, morning sickness and postoperative and chemotherapy-induced nausea. Ginger is known to stimulate the circulatory system and activate and warm the body.

Side effects: Rare


Parts Used: flowers

The flowers contain high levels of the volatile oil that produce a soothing and calming effect physically, mentally and emotionally. Has the ability to cure headaches and relieve anxiety associated with the nervous system.  Balances emotions.

Side Effects: Side effects are rare but some people may develop an allergic reaction.

Lemon Balm

Parts Used: leaves

Tonic to the heart, nervous system and digestive system…anti-allergenic, anti-asthmatic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-microbial, antiviral and antiseptic.  It is carminative, digestive, sedative and anti-spasmodic.

Especially useful for those who have mild anxiety, tension, insomnia and feeling depleted of energy physically, mentally and emotionally.

Side Effects: Rare

Lemon Verbena

Parts Used: leaves

Soothes stomach spasms, calms nerves, reduces fevers, calmative, antispasmodic.

Side Effects: Rare


Parts Used: leaves

Helps hypertension, anxiety, insomnia, warming and good for colds.

Side Effects: None known


Parts Used: leaves

Soothing effect on the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract, easing the discomforts of indigestion, including heartburn, flatulence, abdominal cramping, bloating. Calms a queasy stomach and is good for nausea and vomiting and is especially calming for the lower bowel and helpful in relieving diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.

Side Effects: Rare


Parts Used: leaves

Medicinally, Nettle is used (in the form of infusion) as a cleansing tonic and blood purifier for hay fever, arthritis, and anemia. It is also excellent in the treatment of excessive menstruation, hemorrhoids, arthritis, rheumatism and skin conditions, especially eczema and burns.

Side Effects: Rare


Part Used: Seed

Sedative, stimulant, relaxant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bactericide. helpful remedy for many digestive problems, especially gastroenteritis…relieves stomach pain.

Side Effects: Safe in low medicinal doses and culinary amounts. Can cause toxicity at high dosages

Red Clover

Parts Used: seed heads

A remedy for respiratory conditions, excellent blood purifier, treatment for coughs and bronchial ailments, skin conditioner.

Side Effects: None

Rooibos (Red Bush)

Parts Used: leaves

Rooibos tea is used for its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. Beneficial in the treatment of high blood pressure, insomnia, nervous tension, mild depression, diabetes, skin problems, liver diseases and cataracts.

Side Effects: Can slow down the absorption of iron in consumed foods.


Parts Used: leaves

Increases circulation, improves memory, alleviates headaches, soothes and nourishes skin conditions, stimulates the liver, gall bladder and intestinal tract and possesses marked anti-bacteria, antiviral and antifungal properties.  An effective nerve tonic, anti-inflammatory, carminative and stimulates the central nervous system and circulation.

Side Effects: People with high blood pressure, ulcers, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis should not take rosemary. May interact with certain drugs.


Parts Used: leaves

Safe natural disinfectant. antimicrobial properties, astringent, antiseptic, tonic herb. Effective laryngitis and sore throat cure. Sage tea can also be used to relieve the discomfort of measles, dizziness, colds, fever, and headaches.

White Sage: Sacred to Native Americans

Side Effects: Should not be used by people with epilepsy or other seizure disorders. Not recommended for stomach problems.

No drug interactions have been noted with sage use.


Parts Used: rhizome

Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. 

The principal organs it deals with are the skin, heart, liver and lungs. It also nurtures the entire gastrointestinal system and generates healthy digestion. Modern science has recognised the amazing healing qualities of Turmeric and much research is currently being conducted. Ayurvedic doctors use Turmeric as a medicine in the form of fresh juice, tea, tinctures or powder.

Side Effects: Rare


Parts Used: leaves

Warming herb that is astringent, aromatic, antiseptic, and anti-fungal. It helps to improve digestion, relax spasms and controls coughing.

Side Effects: Side effects are uncommon with thyme teas and tinctures.