Brewing hemp leaves and flowers as a tea is a gentle, traditional way to develop a love of hemp. For those interested in supporting homeostasis and general wellness, a warm cup of herbal hemp tea is especially relaxing at bedtime.

Hemptealicious tea is a superfood that boasts many health benefits. With a flavor reminiscent of an earthy green tea, our non-GMO hemp adds a grounding, soothing balance to your favorite herbal tea flavors. Rich in antioxidants, hemp has been cultivated for thousands of years for a wide variety of uses, including overall health and promoting wellness.

Hemptealicious teas are unprocessed herbal teas made from hand-picked hemp leaves. We grow the plants organically, indoors in greenhouses for the purest, and best, raw leaves. After we pick the young leaves, we remove stems, and dry the leaves in the fresh Colorado air and sunlight. Bagging and packaging is next, and that’s all there is to it. No chemical processes, no sprayed-on CBD oil.

How is an Herbal Tea Different from “Tea?”

Herbal tea is the most commonly used term for a beverage brewed, typically, from plants other than black or green tea plants. Fresh or dried flowers, fruit, leaves, seeds or roots are used to brew herbal teas. Another word, “tisane,” derived from French (and ultimately from ancient Greek for a barley beverage,) is less common but also refers to infusions made from herbs and spices, other than green or black teas. (1)  Most, but not all, tisanes have no caffeine, and some infusions have sedating properties.

In the CBD industry, many hemp teas are actually green or black teas with CBD oil sprayed on them to boost CBD content. Black and green teas do have caffeine, and this can affect sleep quality if enjoyed too close to bedtime. If you’d like the natural boost of Hemptealicious but need a CBD boost, we recommend adding a dose of tincture to your teacup and consuming it that way. Try a 25 mg dropper of Pure Hemp Botanicals Pure Balance full spectrum tincture in your cup, either hot or iced for the summer. The addition of Pure Hemp tincture will boost the soothing and healthful properties of the teas. CBD affects the body’s endocannabinoid system which controls many of the body’s key systems, like the nervous and digestive systems. CBD indirectly helps restore homeostasis to these systems to boost overall health via our endocannabinoid system.

Traditional Use of Herbs in Tisanes

Cannabis beverages have been used on the Indian subcontinent for at least 3,000 years, but other herbs can boost the soothing effects of hemp-based cannabinoids. Many of these herbs are found in Hemptealicious:

  • Chamomile: Besides having a delicious floral aroma, chamomile tea is a herbal infusion made from dried flowers and hot water, that may improve sleep quality, according to the National Institutes of Health. (2) 
  • Lemongrass: In India, lemongrass is used as a medical herb and in perfumes, and as a tea for anxiety in Brazilian folk medicine. In the Caribbean, the tea is brewed to boost immunity, and Filipinos believe that it benefits the liver and the kidneys.  Sidenote: According to Wikipedia, lemongrass is used in the folk magic, Hoodoo. There, lemongrass is the primary ingredient ofvan van oil,” one of the most popular oils used in conjure. Lemongrass is used in this preparation and on its own in hoodoo to protect against evil, to spiritually clean a house, and to bring good luck in love affairs. (3) 
  • Lavender: Recently German scientists found that traditional uses of lavender flower included restlessness or insomnia, Roemheld syndrome, intestinal discomfort, and cardiovascular diseases, among others.(4) 

We use these and other organic herbs and spices in Hemptealicious, partly for flavor and partly for their beneficial effects. But not for voodoo reasons. Honestly. Nope. But we wish you a house clear of spirits, and luck in love affairs, anyway.

What’s the Best Way to Enjoy Hemptealicious in the Summertime?

Chill out with these two delicious recipes that include not only healthful herbs, but also summery fresh fruits and herbs:

Sweet Life: Raspberry Lime Hibiscus Hemp Cooler

What you need:

  • 4 cups of hot water
  • 3 tea bags: Apple Hibiscus Hemptealicious
  • ½ cup of fresh organic raspberries
  • 1 organic lime. Thinly slice ½ of the lime and save the juice of the other half.
  • 1 Tablespoon of local raw honey
  • Ice cubes for serving
Herbal Tea Recipe

Directions:  Pour boiling water over teabags in a glass pitcher or heatproof vessel. Steep for 5 minutes and discard the tea bags. Stir in honey and wait for it to chill before adding fruit. Once the tea has cooled off, add fresh fruit, fresh lime juice, and lime slices. Let sit for at least 4 hours for the fruits to infuse. Pour over ice and enjoy.

Refreshed: Double Mint Hemp Cooler

What you need:

  • 4 cups of hot water
  • 3 tea bags: Spearmint Lemongrass Hemp Tea
  • A handful of crushed spearmint leaves
  • 5 Basil leaves shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon of local raw honey
  • Ice cubes for serving

Directions:  Pour boiling water over teabags in a glass pitcher or heatproof vessel. Steep for 5 minutes and discard the tea bags. Stir in honey, wait an hour or so for the tea to cool down to room temperature. Add herbs and let it sit to infuse for at least 4 hours. Pour over ice and enjoy. Top with a garnish of mint and basil.

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Footnotes:

(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbal_tea 

(2) NIH  “Chamomile”. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, US National Institutes of Health. September 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2018.

(3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymbopogon

(4)  “Expanded Commission E monograph: Lavender flower”. cms.herbalgram.org. Integrative Medicine Communications, Germany; from the American Botanical Council. 2000. Retrieved 18 October 2018.