Sage Herbal Tea Recipe

Sage tea in a glass mug next to sage leaves and lemon wedge

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Yield: 3 to 4 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
27 Calories
0g Fat
7g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 24mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Herbal teas are easy to buy in the grocery store, but there's so much reward in making your own tea at home, using the freshest ingredients possible—maybe even with fresh sage from your own garden?

A basic sage tea is easy to make. Simply pour about 1 cup boiling water over about 1 tablespoon of sage leaves and steep to the desired strength before straining out the leaves. However, you also can make a more refined (and surprisingly delightful) version of sage tea with the recipe below. It combines fresh sage leaves with lemon and a bit of sugar. You can, of course, customize the strength of the herbal taste to your liking, increasing the amount of sage while maintaining the same amount of water, if you would like the flavor to be more robust.

A naturally caffeine-free drink, sage tea can be enjoyed hot or iced anytime day or night, without causing the wakefulness that caffeinated drinks can induce. It can be a relaxing way to end your day, or a calm way to start your morning.

This recipe works well with any of the popular culinary sages including garden sage, dwarf garden sage, pineapple sage, Greek sage, golden garden sage, tricolor garden sage, window box sage, grape sage, and Spanish sage.


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"Herbaceous, simple, and relaxing. The perfect herbal tea." —Renae Wilson

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  • 4 cups water

  • 1/2 ounce fresh sage leaves (roughly 45 leaves)

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for herbal sage tea recipe gathered

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  2. Bring the water to a boil.

    Water in a saucepan

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  3. Keep water at a simmer and add the sage leaves, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Stir well.

    Sages leaves added to water in the saucepan

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  4. Allow to steep for 20 to 30 minutes, or to taste, stirring occasionally. Then strain out the sage leaves and lemon zest. 

    Faded sage leaves in a wire mesh strainer

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  5. Serve hot or chilled with ice.

    Sage tea in a glass mug with sage leaves scattered around

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Sage pairs well with many other herbs and natural sweeteners, too.

  • Try lavender for a floral note, or mint to play up the refreshing aspect of sage.
  • Rosemary will accentuate the earthy pine taste of sage.
  • Maple syrup will bring a sweet complexity, and honey will offer a bright sweetness along with a floral aroma.
  • Fresh grated ginger will bring a little bit of heat and a zing to the tea.
  • Make the tea iced instead—chill it after steeping—and infuse some fresh blackberries or blueberries instead of the raspberries in this recipe.


If at all possible, seek out herbs that are organic from reputable growers. The best herbal teas are those made with herbs that are homegrown and have not been subjected to insecticides or fertilizers.