loose Herbs – Herbal Tea selections
We offer one of the largest selection of loose herbs and herbal teas in Nashville as well as a variety of herbal blends. Some are used for their historical medicinal benefits, while others can be used for a wide variety of herb crafting such as: making herbal wraps, sachets, tinctures, for cooking, and for making herbal incense. Herbal teas can be made with fresh or dried flowers, leaves, seeds or roots, generally by pouring boiling water over the plant parts and letting them steep for a few minutes. Seeds and roots can also be boiled on a stove. The herbal tea is then strained, sweetened if so desired, and served.
Buy Herbs and herbal tea below or drop by our Nashville tea shop.
$4.95 – 1/3 cup herbs (around 10 teaspoons, approximately)
Herbal tea, or tisane, is any beverage made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant material in hot water, and usually does not contain caffeine. These drinks are distinguished from caffeinated true teas (black, green, white, yellow, oolong, etc., which are prepared from the cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis), as well as from decaffeinated tea, in which the caffeine has been removed. In addition to serving as a beverage, many herbal teas are also consumed for their perceived medicinal benefits.
Like beverages made from true teas, herbal teas can be served hot or cold. Herbal teas have been used for nearly as long as written history extends. Documents have been recovered dating back to Ancient Egypt and Ancient China that discuss the enjoyment and uses of herbal teas.
Tisanes are a major part of the tea world, even though they’re not technically tea. What is normally referred to as herbal tea is actually a decoction or infusion made from a plant other than Camellia sinensis . For this reason, there is a trend toward the use of terms like “tisane” (pronounced tea- zahn ), ” botanical ” or ” infusion .”
you can find the following herbs in our Nashville store or buy them right here, online:
Alfalfa – a power-house plant that is rich in vitamin and minerals. It has the highest chlorophyll content of any plant and essential amino acids. Commonly used for its antifungal, laxative, diuretic, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory / anti arthritic.
Blessed Thistle – reported to stimulate the appetite. increases acid secretion in the stomach and aids in bloating and flatulence. Use in small amounts.
Black Walnut* – used in tinctures, a powerful detergent agent to fight infections, microorganisms, fungus, and parasites. It also has iodine to strengthen the thyroid gland. Should be used only as needed and not on a regular basis. Not for tea, best for making tinctures.
Butchers Broom (organic) – good for circulatory ailments as well as varicose veins, hemorrhoids, edema, and dysmenorrheal. Very high in iron. Use sparingly and no more than 2x per days. Always consult a naturopathic physician before starting an herbal therapy.
Bilberry – often used for weight loss, bilberry helps to kill cravings during dinnertime. Its savory sweet flavor balances blood sugar. also contains antioxidants. drink 1 cup before dinner.
Burdock Root – has often been used to purify the blood by removing toxins that can build up in the blood. It can be taken orally or used topically as a remedy for skin disorders. Can be used as a diuretic or soothe aching joints.
Calendula – also known as pot marigold. Is said to help with gastrointestinal issues. Can be applied to the skin for bruises and is said to increase collagen.
Cinnamon Chips – spice for blends. widely used to prevent infection and aid digestion. Helps to break down fats during digestion. Said to help with lowering blood sugars.
Catnip – (a natural anti-acid and anti-stress herb) Often used to treat cold and insomnia, helps lower fever, dries up postnasal drip, gets rid of bad headaches and relieves sore aching bones due to colds and flu.
Chaste Tree Berries (organic) – at one time used for aphrodisiac qualities, it is a natural flavonoid that has a progesterone-like effect. Can help regulate menstrual flow and mood changes associated with hormone production.
Chickweed – used for weight loss, it reduces bloating by helping you lose water weight. It contains potassium and magnesium and flushes out “stuff” in your bowels. For maximum benefits, drink 1 cup in the afternoon.
Chicory Root, roasted – Used as coffee substitute or blended with coffee to reduce caffeine intake or complement its flavor. Often blended 50/50 with dark roasted coffee.
Chamomile – known for its calming effect on smooth muscle tissue, good for nervous stomach, menstrual cramps, and other common problems related to stress.
Cornsilk (organic) – potent diuretic to relieve water retention and tissue swelling from PMS, kidney disease, cystitis, and urinary infections. It is a rich source of vitamin K. Some have used it for prostate disorders and bed wetting.
Comfrey* – has been called knitbone for its ability to repair fractures and restore muscles and tissues. The tea can be used as a warm compress for sprains, fractures, and arthritic joints. Not for internal use.
Dandelion Leaf – nourishes the liver and contains vital nutrients. Used to purify the blood, benefits the circulatory and glandular systems.
Damiana – (the love potion.) Used to regulate the female cycles. It is also used to stimulate the sexual appetite. Good for urinary problems and nervous conditions such as hypertention.
Elder Flowers – used to “break” a fever by bringing on sweating. It is used especially for situations in which he feverish person feels chilled, and the tea is drunk as hot. A cooled infusion has traditionally been used as a gargle for a sore throat. Elder flowers are believed to have a mild diuretic action. (no pregnancy/nursing)
Elder Berries – the berries contain large amounts of vitamins A, B, and C, as well as flavonoids, sugar, tannins, carotenoids and amino acids. Considered a remedy for sore throat, influenza, and is an old fashioned cure for colds. also said to relieve asthma and bronchitis.
Echinacea Purpurea – Helps to fight infection and known as one of natura antiobiotics. It is a powerful immune booster and stimulates cells responsible for fighting infections. Use with other herbals such as rosehips and elderberries to drink as a tea or make into a tincture.
Fennel Seeds – known as a spice and as a tea. Used for digestive issues: mild, spastic gastrointestinal afflictions, fullness, flatulence, and indigestion. Acts as an antispasmodic. Stimulates milk flow in women.
Feverfew – traditonally used in treatment of migraine headaches, as well as reducing fever and relieving arthritic pain. May help to relieve pain of menstrual cramps. Tea may also help treatment of psoriasis. (no pregnancy/nursing)
Ginseng – many studies have shown the ginseng can help reduce stress levels in men and women. also known to help reduce fatigue, enhance memory, and help fight off colds and flu. Everyday use can reduce its effectiveness.
Ginkgo Leaf – (life enhancer) effective in nutrionally supporting the body’s systems through its antioxidant properties. A very potent free radical scavenger.
Ginger root – (the hot root) arthritis, rheumatism, osteoporosis, gout, cold and chills, cold hands and feet, heart health, nausea, motion sickness, weight control, and digestion.
Hawthorn Berries (organic) – an herb of the heart to help regulate blood pressure, irregular pulse, and strengthening to the heart muscle. Use with meals. Always consult a naturopathic physician before starting an herbal therapy.
Hyssop – hyssop is primarily used to treat respiratory and lung problems. Is used in ritual baths to cleanse the spirit.
Hops – Good for the nerves in relieving tension and anxiety. Also helpful as a sleep aid. As an added benefit, hops is good for digestive function, aiding the liver and the secretion of digestive juices.
Horsetail (organic) – contains the highest amounts of silcon among herbs which is important in building collagen. It givens elasticity to the skin, contributes to flexability and strangthens bones, nails, and hair. Also known as shavegrass.
Hibiscus Flower – member of the mallow family with a mellow, sweet taste and vitamin C, enhances the flavor and brings harmony to a tea blend. It has a calming nature.
Lemon Peel – dried rinds of lemons. Adds flavoring and high in vitamin C.
Lemongrass – known to be good for stomach cramps, flatulence and colic, easing arthritic pain, and as a general digestive aid.
Lavender Buds (culinary grade) – lavender is grown organically and can be drank as a tea or is most often used in cooking,added to a variety of dishes such as lavender cakes, cookies, ice cream, and grilled meats and fish.
Lemon Balm – (nature’s antihistamine) used to treat fever, cold, flu, headaches, depression, menstrual cramps, insomnia, nervous stomach, herpes simplex, hyperthydroidism, and indigestion.
Licorice Root – many uses such as: sore throat relief, cough suppression, expectorant, mild laxative, adrenal support, enhancement of immune system. Is good to add to blends and aid in masking undesirable tastes.
Marshmallow root – helps soothe inflamed areas of the body. Helps with inflammation of the throat, larynx, laryngitis, bronchitis, and muscle aches and pain sinews. Works well for poor kidneys and bladder and reported to help with blood sugar levels.
Mugwort* – long considered antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, diuretic, and haemostatic. In Native American folklore the leaves were rubbed on the body to keep ghosts away. also used for dream pillows. (no pregnancy, nursing). Not usually consumed.
Nettle Leaf – energy builder, blood tonic and circulatory stimulant. Good for respiratory weakness, helps regulate moods, high blood pressure, Gout, PMS, and good for fever and colds.
Oatstraw – strengthens the body and tones the nerves. Has been used as an herbal treatment for anxiety, nerve disorders, MS, ADHD. It has been purported to aid in the lowering of cholesterol and is suggested for people recovering from a long illness to build strength.
Juniper Berries – You probably know the piney flavor of juniper berries from their use in flavoring gin, but you may not know that they have a wide variety of medicinal benefits. To obtain these benefits, it’s best to take juniper in tincture form or use it in cooking to flavor meats and sauces.
Olive Leaf – can be enjoued daily as a tea for preventative purposes or directly to combat ailments. It is a natural antibiotic and antioxidant and supports the immune system.
Passion Flower – has been used for anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, and other conditions of hyperactivity, as well as high blood pressure.
Pau D’Arco – (the divine bark) antifungal, digestive, antibacterial, used to treat autoimmune diseases, provides energy and strengthen to the body, build and protect the immune system, and a natural blood builder and cleanser.
Peppermint – pure peppermint leaf. This herb promotes healthy digestions by soothing and comforting the stomach.
Orange Peel – good to add to blends. In Chinese medicine, used as a diuretic, for digestive properties, and is high in vitamin C.
Plantain – used to clear mucus from the body, to neutralize poisons, treat lung problems, help with stomach ulcers, diarrhea, and bladder infections.
Raspberry Leaf – known as the “woman’s friend.” Said to strengthen the wall of the uterus and regulate menstrual flow. Nourishes reproductive organs, soothing agent.
Red Clover Tops – one of the richest sources of isoflavones and loaded with calciium, magnesium, potassium, thiamine, vitamin C. It is used for hot flashes, PMS, lowering cholesterol, and helping with osteoporosis by slowing bone loss and boosting bone mineral density.
Rosemary – for stomach upsets, digestive disorders and headaches. Free-radical fighter and antioxidant. Great for hair care.
Rose Petals – makes a delightful addition to any tea, can also mix with season fruit for a unique treat. The oil from the petals is used for headache relief, insomnia, and to calm the nerves. A symbol of love.
Rose Hips – the rose hip (or rose haw) is the pomaceous fruit of the rose plant and is high in vitamin C.
Sarsaparilla Root – contains vitamins A, B-complex, C, and D along with the minerals: iron, manganese, sulphur, copper, zinc, and iodine. Traditionally used in cordials and tonics as a blood purifiere and detox agent. also thought to build muscle mass. Helps with hair growth.
Stevia – a natural, non-caloric sweet tasting herb. also known as “sweet leaf.” Many people use it as a replacement for sugar in tea. !/4 teaspoon per cup of tea.
Saw Palmetto Berry – used to treat urinary symptoms that are associated with an enlarged prostate. Saw Palmetto is also used to treat chronic pelvis pain, bladder disorders, low libido, hair loss, and hormonal imbalances.
Senna Leaf – (cassia officinalis) also known as Alexandrian senna and Egyptian senna. Most often used for constipation. (do not overuse)
Schizandra Berry – known in Chinese mediicine as Wu Wei Zi ( five flavored herb) for its taste of bitter, sweet, salt, sour, and acrid. The berry helps fight fatigue, boost immunity, and improves the look and feel of the skin. Anti-aging benefits.
Slippery Elm Bark powder – a gentle herb that is said to heal inflammed tissues and used in a variety of treaments from gastrointestinal issues (reflux, ulcers, IBS, Crohns) to respiratory problems (cough, sore throat, bronchitis.) Used topically for skin issues such as burns, wounds, and boils.
Spearmint – (the flavoring mint.) aids in colds, flu, gas, colic, and easing morning sickness during pregnancy.
St. Johns Wort – useful for bronchitis, healing wounds, eases depression, heachaches, hysteria, neuralgia, shingles, as well as symptoms that occur during menopause. Useful in swellings, abscesses, and bad insect stings.
White Willow Bark – Willow bark is the bark from several varieties of the willow tree, including white willow or European willow, black willow or pussy willow, crack willow, purple willow, and others. The bark is used to make medicine.Willow bark acts a lot like aspirin, so it is used for pain, including headache, muscle pain, menstrual cramps, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis, gout, and a disease of the spine called ankylosing spondylitis. Should be used in small amounts. Consult an herbalist when in doubt.
Wild Cherry Bark – is classified as a “relaxing expectorant” because it thins mucus secretions and coats irritaed respiratory tissue. also has mild sedative properties. Use as a tea or to make tinctures.
Yarrow Flowers (organic) – a “go to” for the flu and fevers. Use abundantly at the onset of a cold to minimize duration and intensity. Especially good for fevers as it promotes perspiration.
Yellowdock Root – High in vatmin A, C, calcium, and iron. It is one of the best blood builders and good for all skin issues. A good herb for anemia.
Valerian Root – commonly used for sleep disorders, especially the inability to sleep (insomnia). It is frequently combined with hops, lemon balm, or other herbs that also cause drowsiness. Valerian is also used for conditions connected to anxiety and psychological stress including nervous asthma, hysterical states, excitability, fear of illness (hypochondria), headaches, migraine, and stomach upset.