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Here’s how to make rosemary tea, a restorative herbal tea made with just boiling water and fresh rosemary! This easy brew takes just 5 minutes.

Rosemary tea

Did you know you can make herbal tea with fresh herbs? Try this tasty rosemary tea! In just 5 minutes, you have a cup of restorative herbal tea. This tea has a fresh, piney essence. Combine it with a touch of sweetener and a squeeze of lemon for the perfect flavor. It’s a fun way to make DIY tea, and it makes drinking your daily water much more interesting. Here’s what to do!

How to make rosemary tea

Not sure what to do with the fresh rosemary you have on hand? Tea is the perfect use! All you need is rosemary and boiling water. Then to balance the piney flavor, add a hint of fresh lemon juice and a little sweetener. We used honey but you can use agave syrup for a vegan tea. It’s got a wintery vibe in its flavor, but it’s also great in the summer when herbs are at their best. Here’s how to make rosemary tea:

  1. Boil: Boil a pot of water. We use an electric tea kettle (that we also use for our morning coffee).
  2. Harvest herbs: Add 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary.
  3. Steep: Fill up a mug with the boiling water. Allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Add sweetener & lemon: Add a hint of honey (or agave) and squeeze lemon juice from 1 wedge lemon. This step is required to get the best flavor, otherwise the rosemary is too overpowering.
Rosemary tea

Rosemary tea benefits

Fresh rosemary is known to have benefits such as improving your mood, lowering blood sugar, better digestion, and so forth. So, it’s possible rosemary tea does the same! Many people believe in the power of herbal tea. We can’t promise it will cure all your ailments, but it can’t be argued that it’s positively soothing to drink a cup! Read more about the Benefits of Rosemary Tea.

Grow your own rosemary

Rosemary is easy to grow at home! You don’t even need garden space: just a pot and a sunny ledge! It’s got the best flavor and you can use it in recipes all summer long (see below). Go to How to Grow Herbs for more on growing herbs at home.

Got lots of rosemary to use up? Go to How to Dry Rosemary.


More herbal teas

You can make tea with all sorts of herbs! Here are a few more herbal tea recipes to try:

Love tea recipes? Also try our Iced Tea, Sweet Tea and Cold Brew Tea.

How to make rosemary tea

More ways to use rosemary

Fresh rosemary has a beautiful pine-y flavor that adds depth and warmth to recipes! Here are some of our favorite rosemary recipes:

This rosemary tea recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Rosemary tea

Easy Rosemary Tea

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Here’s how to make rosemary tea, a restorative herbal tea made with just boiling water and fresh rosemary! This easy brew takes just 5 minutes.


  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Boiling water
  • Honey (or agave syrup for vegan)
  • 1 lemon wedge


  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Wash the rosemary thoroughly.
  3. Place the rosemary sprigs in a mug, and pour over the boiling water. Allow the herbs to steep for 5 minutes. (Alternate method: If you prefer, you can also chop the rosemary leaves and place them in a tea strainer before steeping.)
  4. Remove the rosemary. Stir in a drizzle of honey and a squeeze of lemon (required for the best flavor).
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Tea
  • Cuisine: Herbal
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Rosemary tea

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. I looked up ways to use fresh rosemary and found this!!! So delicious. I’m going to start buying more fresh rosemary, just to make this tea haha. Thanks for the idea!

  2. this tea was a total disaster never try this tea I have tried to make these peoples tea recipes but they have all failed!

  3. Thanks for your willingness to share this delicious recipe producing a five star tea. Lucky for me I have a few bushes WICH I would like to make benefishel to people who in need of regards Helmut