Sage or Thyme Tea

Fresh sage leaves

by Cat, Oct 2017 (photo by Cat)

Sage, or sage and thyme mix, in a warm tea is also healing for a sore throat, as both herbs have antimicrobial properties. I add ⅛ – ¼ tsp unrefined sea salt  if treating a sore throat.

But illness isn’t the only reason to drink sage tea. I’ve been watching an online documentary series called Awakening from Alzheimers, and today watched the episode on helpful supplements. Sage (powdered in capsules, in a tincture, or as a warm tea) was mentioned to help improve focus and attention. I grow sage in my garden, so have decided to give the tea a try.

Sage or Thyme (or a mix of both) Tea

This recipe is adapted from one on Organic Facts (1). You can also add thyme to the tea, up to 1 tsp dried or 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves.

Ingredients & Equipment: 

  • 2 tsp chopped fresh sage and/or thyme leaves (or 1 tsp of dried sage and/or thyme leaves)
  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • Local honey, (optional, to taste)
  • Lemon or orange slices (optional, to taste)
  • ⅛ – ¼ tsp unrefined sea salt (optional, for sore throat)
  • Equipment:
  • small saucepan
  • mesh strainer
  • mug


  1. Bring water to a high simmer in saucepan, then remove from heat.
  2. Add sage and/or thyme leaves (fresh or dried) and allow them to steep in a warm spot such as on top of a gas-stove pilot light, for a minimum of 5 minutes, but 15 – 20 minutes is better.
  3. Strain to remove the herbal leaves.
  4. Pour tea into a mug, add honey and/or fresh-squeezed lemon/orange, as desired.



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