Sage Tea

Here’s how to make sage tea, a restorative herbal tea made with just boiling water and fresh sage! It’s easy to make with a beautiful flavor.

Sage tea

Got fresh sage? Let’s make sage tea! Did you know you can make herbal tea with just fresh herbs and boiling water? It takes just 5 minutes, and this steaming cup is positively restorative. The flavor of sage tea is just as you would expect: cozy and pine-forward! Add a hint of sweetener and lemon to round out the flavors, and it’s positively delicious. 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 sage tea

Sage tea is so easy to make: all you need is the herb and boiling water. But to balance out that strong piney flavor, add a hint of fresh lemon juice and a little sweetener. Use a little drizzle of honey (or agave syrup for vegan). While it’s got a cozy fall and winter vibe, it also works in the summer when you’ve got lots of herbs on hand. Here’s how to make sagetea:

  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 sage.
  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 sage is overpowering.
How to make sage tea

Sage tea benefits

Fresh sage is known to have benefits such as anti-cancer properties and improvement of memory, brain and skin health. So, it’s possible sage 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 Sage Tea.

Grow your own sage

If you’re not growing sage: now’s the time to start! It’s easy to grow at home: and you don’t even need garden space. Just get a few pots and a sunny ledge! The flavor is fantastic, especially for fall and winter recipes (it lasts well into the fall). It’s a perennial, so it will come back every year. Go to How to Grow Herbs for more.

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More herbal teas

You can make tea with all sorts of herbs! Here are a few more of the herbal tea recipes we’ve made, each with their own distinct flavor:

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

More ways to use sage

Fresh sage has a pine-forward flavor that’s common for winter and fall recipes. Here are some of our favorite ways to use it:

Sage tea

This sage tea recipe is…

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

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Sage tea

Easy Sage Tea


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

Description

Here’s how to make sage tea, a restorative herbal tea made with just boiling water and fresh sage! It’s easy to make with a beautiful flavor.


Ingredients

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  • 6 fresh sage leaves, left on stem
  • Boiling water
  • Honey (or agave syrup for vegan)
  • 1 lemon wedge

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Wash the sage thoroughly.
  3. Place the sage 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 sage leaves and place them in a tea strainer before steeping.)
  4. Remove the sage. Stir in a drizzle of honey and a squeeze of lemon (required for the best flavor).
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Tea
  • Cuisine: Herbal

Keywords: Sage tea

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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