Fall Tea Guide

There is a lot to fall in love with this season. The trees delight us with their joyful display of color, and the autumn harvest in Connecticut yields an abundance of squash, root vegetables, apples, and more. As the days gradually become crisp and cool, we seek warming and nourishing food and welcome the return of recipes using familiar seasonal spices. This change in weather also causes us to gravitate towards bold teas that warm the body and spirit.

Keep reading to see some of our fall tea staples.

Delicious & Warming Teas for Fall

After the warmth and abundant energy of summer, the transition to autumn’s cooler temperatures and quieter days challenges us on many levels. Seasonal wellness tips from a traditional Chinese medicine perspective can help you align with the energetic and environmental changes that fall brings. Drinking tea is one way to defeat fall dryness, boost your inner reserves, and warm yourself up from the inside out.

Tea blends using classic fall spices, including ginger, cayenne, turmeric, fennel, and black pepper, can help promote warmth and digestive vitality, while immune-boosting teas combine potent herbs to help ward off sickness and fortify your system.

FALL TEA GUIDE

 

Classic Fall Flavors

For many, autumn is synonymous with the pumpkin spice latte, aka the PSL. Chai tea blends feature similar spices, typically combining a full-bodied black tea with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and star anise. Chai spice blends can also include peppercorns, coriander, fennel, and nutmeg. Warming, earthy, and spicy-yet-sweet, these autumn spices can help ward off chilly temperatures and add a touch of festive fall spirit to any beverage or dish.

If you are looking for a change from your go-to fall teas, try some of our creative chai blends. Mushroom Chai tea powder includes a number of adaptogenic mushrooms and Vanilla Turmeric balances the warmth of chai with fruity and floral accents.

AROGYA CHAI

Black Tea  • High Caffeine

A true fall classic, Arogya Chai is a full-bodied organic black tea expertly blended with classic Indian spices.

Add a dash of honey and milk for a smooth and spicy beverage that is perfect for cool fall mornings. Black teas are some of the most highly caffeinated teas, making them ideal to sip first thing in the morning. Learn how to make creamy masala chai on our blog.

100% Organic Ingredients: Black Tea Leaves, Ginger, Cloves, Cinnamon, and Cardamom

MUSHROOM CHAI

Mushroom Blend  • Caffeine-Free

Mushroom Chai tea powder offers numerous health benefits and a delicious, spicy chai taste. This blend of functional, adaptogenic mushrooms can help alleviate stress and promote vitality for the whole body. All mushrooms contain polysaccharides called beta-glucans which have been shown to strengthen and stimulate the immune system. Read more about the benefits of adaptogens on our blog.

Dissolve in water or add your choice of milk to make a calming chai latte-style brew.

Ingredients: Reishi, Maitake, Cordyceps, Shiitake, Lion’s Mane, Turkey Tail, Chaga Mushroom Powder, Cinnamon, Ginger, and Nutmeg

VANILLA TURMERIC

Herbal Tea • Caffeine-Free

Vanilla Turmeric may include common chai spices like ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon, but it does not offer a traditional chai flavor profile. Instead, this delicious blend is enhanced with earthy, floral, and fruit accents.

Coconut, vanilla, and sarsaparilla bring a certain sweetness; ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon add a hearty, warming energy; turmeric adds a touch of earthiness; and black pepper gives this blend a bit of bite.

100% Organic Ingredients: Turmeric, Coconut, Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Sarsaparilla, Black Pepper, Vanilla and Rose Extract

GOLDEN CHAI

Black Tea  • High Caffeine

A twist on our classic Arogya Chai, Golden Chai includes an additional warming spice – turmeric. Celebrated for its powerful anti-inflammatory and detoxing properties, turmeric has been used in the Indian Ayurvedic medicine system for thousands of years.

Turmeric compliments the richness and warmth of the chai spices, adding slightly savory and earthy notes to this blend.

100% Organic Ingredients: Black Tea Leaves, Turmeric, Ginger, Cloves, Cinnamon, Cardamom

INSPIRATION BLEND

Green Tea  • Medium Caffeine

A warm, spicy, invigorating green tea blend with a hint of mint and a touch of sweetness.

This uplifting blend helps to encourage mental clarity and clear the lungs while soothing the stomach. A wonderful tonic for an upset stomach, cold, or fatigue.

100% Organic Ingredients: Green Tea Leaves, Cinnamon, Cardamom Seed, Clove, Peppermint, Ginger

ROOIBOS CHAI

Herbal Tea • Caffeine-Free

Rooibos is a naturally caffeine-free herb from the mountains of South Africa with a delicious full-bodied flavor, rich aroma, and sweet finish. Rooibos blends perfectly with chai spices to create a well-balanced brew.

Antioxidant and vitamin-rich, rooibos tea can help boost your immune system and promote overall wellness. A superb tea for any time of day or night.

Ingredients: Organic Rooibos, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Cardamom, Organic Ginger, Organic Vanilla

 

Fall Wellness Support

The arrival of fall marks the start of cold and flu season. At this time of year, fortifying our immune systems is essential for tackling the chilly weather to come. If we take care to anticipate the colds and ills that often emerge around this time, more of the season can be spent enjoying the golden sun and vibrant colors of autumn.

Whether you’re in need of a pick-me-up or are feeling the onset of a tickly throat or runny nose, these restorative blends offer numerous health benefits and overall wellness support.

COLD SUPPORT TEA

Healing Blend • Caffeine-Free

As soon as you feel your immune system weakening, brew a strong pot of Cold & Flu Tea and drink it throughout the day. Although this blend is definitely medicinal, its taste is sweet, soothing, and pleasant.

This tea strengthens your reserves with a powerful blend of immune-boosting, antimicrobial, and congestion fighting herbs. While elder flowers, licorice root, fennel, and cinnamon combine to battle congestion, calendula eases fever, lime blossoms calm the stomach, and echinacea boosts the immune system to help you ward off and battle infection.

Ingredients: Licorice Root, Elder Flower, Echinacea Root, Calendula, Fennel, Cinnamon

LUNG WELLNESS

Healing Blend • Caffeine-Free

Based on the healing principles of Eastern and Western herbal medicine, this is a great tonic to cleanse, coat, and repair the lungs and respiratory tract. A wonderful tea for coughing, bronchial congestion, and asthma.

As the lungs are connected to the emotion of grief, this remedy may also help to heal the heart while uplifting the spirit.

Available as a pack of 20 teabags.

Ingredients: Organic Eucalyptus Leaf, Organic Peppermint, Cinnamon Twig, Honeysuckle, Organic Elecampane

ESSENTIAL WELLNESS

Healing Blend • Caffeine-Free

Promote vitality for your whole being with this soothing blend of powerful anti-inflammatory herbs and botanicals.

The potent adaptogens in Essential Wellness help restore balance by counteracting the harmful effects of stress in the body. Astragalus has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine for invigorating qi and boosting immunity, and Siberian Ginseng may help counteract fatigue and stimulate the immune system.

Available as a pack of 20 teabags.

100% Organic Ingredients: Astragalus Root, Siberian Ginseng, Turmeric, Licorice, Ginger, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus Leaves, Orange Peel, Coconut

LIANHUA QINGWEN

Healing Blend • Caffeine-Free

Lianhua Qingwen granules combine potent herbs and roots commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine to support respiratory function, inhibit inflammation, and boost the immune system.

This medicinal blend offers broad-spectrum anti-viral benefits, helping the body defend against respiratory diseases and soothing mild symptoms, such as fever, cough, and fatigue.

Ingredients: Lian Qiao (Forsythia Fruit), Jin Yin Hua (Honeysuckle Flower), Yu Xing Cao (Herba Houttuyniae), Da Huang (Rhubarb Root And Rhizome), Hong Jing Tian (Rhodiola Rosea), Ban Lan Gen (Isatis Root), Xing Ren (Apricot Kernel), Huo Xiang (Patchouli), Bo He (Peppermint)

 

Bonus Picks

If you’re looking for a change from the typical seasonal flavors, we picked some of our favorite fall teas without a single spice in sight! Brew one of these delicious, hearty teas and get lost in the relaxation that you can only find in a warm cup of tea.

ADRENAL SUPPORT

Healing Blend • Caffeine-Free

This smooth, earthy, and slightly bitter blend of adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms is a delicious coffee alternative. Reishi and maitake mushrooms are blended with chicory, dandelion root, and cacao nibs to create a dark, coffee-like infusion. Add milk and sweetener to create your own caffeine-free latte.

Adrenal Support can help to detoxify stress, strengthen the immune system, and promote vitality for the whole body.

100% Organic Ingredients: Chicory, Dandelion Root, Reishi Mushroom, Maitake Mushroom, Cocoa Nibs, Astragalus, and Licorice Root

BANCHA HOJICHA

Green Tea  • Low Caffeine

Bancha Hojicha is a green tea made with the leaves and twigs of autumn and winter harvests. It undergoes a careful roasting process that leaves it with little to no bitterness and a low caffeine content.

With its wonderfully rich, nutty, and caramel taste, this tea evokes the feeling of wrapping yourself in a warm blanket on a brisk morning. Bancha Hojicha has the least caffeine of all our green teas and is considered an excellent digestive.

Ingredients: Organic Roasted Green Tea Leaves and Twigs

DA HONG PAO

Oolong Tea  • Medium Caffeine

A truly regal incarnation of Cliff oolong tea, Da Hong Pao is a hand-rolled, large leaf tea that is well-oxidized and smooth, with great body. This tea is known for its strong aroma, roasted flavor, and lingering sweetness.

Brew loosely in glass for a full infusion and to enjoy the unfurling of these artisan-crafted tea leaves. Try brewing this tea as an Oolong Bomb – a robust, espresso-like infusion for oolong enthusiasts.

Ingredients: Premium Cliff Oolong Tea Leaves

DIAN HONG

Black Tea  • High Caffeine

Dian Hong is one of the finest Chinese black teas and is also known as Yunnan Gold. Savor its nutty aroma and smooth, honey-flavored infusion.

This rare tea is native to Fengqing Village, in the Yunnan Province. Fine tea leaf buds, or “golden tips,” are processed with ancient techniques developed during the Han Dynasty.

Ingredients: Organic Black Tea Leaves

 

Wishing you all a happy, healthy autumn!

By Nicole Briel

 

 


 

 

Disclaimer

This information in our blog is intended only as a general reference for further exploration and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner.