Autumn Wellness Tea

Autumn Wellness Tea

 uses all 5 herbal flavors

Autumn is here.

Cold and flu season is upon us, and it’s best to start gathering your wellness herbs and recipes now.

How about a cup of PERFECT Autumn Wellness Tea?

And it uses all 5 herbal flavors: 

pungent, sour, salty,
sweet and bitter tastes

We found the recipe in Learning Herbs.

Do you have a game plan for staying healthy this
autumn and winter? Preventive wellness isn’t always all that sexy, but avoiding
the endless cycle of sickness that can keep you down during these colder months
is truly priceless! I’m fond of saying that the best herbs for colds and the
flu are the ones that help you prevent them! Luckily, with herbs and spices in
your kitchen, staying healthy can be fun, delicious and easy. I know that it’s
the herbal habits and traditions you do every day that will be the most
impactful for your health. With that in mind, I’ve formulated a delicious
herbal wellness tea recipe that is perfect for savoring these crisp autumn
months. This tea isn’t just a pretty taste! In fact, it contains all five
flavors of herbal medicine and can be used to support your immune system,
provide deep nourishment and enhance your digestion. Let’s take a look at
what’s in this wellness tea recipe.

Pungent Taste:
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum, C. burmanni) The pungent taste is full of aromatic
herbs that tend to be spicy and stimulating. We use them to promote healthy
digestion and get things moving. Cinnamon is a deliciously aromatic spice that
does all this wonderfully! It can improve digestion, regulate blood sugar, and
is commonly used to treat various symptoms of both colds and the flu.

Salty Taste:
Oatstraw (Avena sativa) The salty taste often contains herbs that are deeply
nourishing as these herbs are high in vitamins and minerals. While some salty
herbs can taste like table salt (i.e., seaweed), most of these herbs have a
dense mineral taste, kind of like kale. Oatstraw is one of my favorite
nourishing herbs for the nervous system. Research has shown that chronic stress
leads to inflammation, which is believed to make you more susceptible to
illness, including the common cold.1 Regularly using herbs, like oatstraw, that
nourish the nervous system can be one way to address chronic stress in your

Sour Taste: Rose Hips (Rosa spp.)
Sour herbs are wonderful protectors. Often filled with antioxidants and
flavonoids, these herbs are trusted allies for countering systemic inflammation
and oxidative stress. Remember how chronic inflammation can lead you to getting
more colds? Regularly eating herbs high in antioxidants can play an important
role in modulating inflammation. Rose hips have been the focus of several
studies demonstrating their ability to modulate inflammation and decrease
pain.2 To date, several studies have shown that the daily consumption of rose
hips can reduce pain and improve general well-being in patients with
osteoarthritis in the hips and knees and also benefit patients with rheumatoid

Bitter Taste:
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) The bitter taste is cooling and draining and
is often used to stimulate digestion. Dandelion roots are both bitter and
nourishing, something herbalist jim mcdonald calls a nutritive bitter.
Dandelion root has a special affinity for the liver, helping to nourish and
strengthen it. Considering the thousands of tasks your liver performs every
day, keeping it happy is a powerful way to stay healthy.

Sweet Taste: Astragalus (Astragalus
propinquus) Our sweet tasting herbs rarely taste like honey, but often have
just a hint of sweetness hiding within their complexity. Sweet herbs are often
adaptogens and immunomodulators. Astragalus is one of my favorite examples!
This rooty wonder broadly supports immune system function, helping you to be
stronger and more resilient. I used to get colds and the flu every year, but
once I started regularly using astragalus, my frequent illnesses have been a
thing of the past. Astragalus is also a wonderful herb for addressing long-standing
fatigue. You get the best results with astragalus when you use it regularly and
in food-like quantities.

Five Flavored Autumn
Wellness Tea Recipe

The seasons are changing, school is starting up and it’s
time to take the reins of your health to prevent the colds and flu that are
common in the winter months. This wellness tea recipe is a tasty way to provide
deep nourishment, soothe your nervous system and broadly support your immune
system. For best results, enjoy regularly.

What you’ll need…

15 grams dried astragalus (or small handful of
sliced roots)

10 grams dried oatstraw (1/3 cup finely sifted)

10 grams dried de-seeded rosehips (1 tablespoon)

10 grams dried roasted dandelion root (1

3 grams dried cinnamon chips or 1 cinnamon stick
broken into pieces

4 cups water

1 cup apple juice


Place the herbs and water into a medium saucepan

Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 30
minutes, covered.

Turn off the heat and add the apple juice. Let stand 5


Drink warm or cold as desired. Drink within 48 hours.

Yield: 4 cups


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