Algonquin Herbal Tea
100% certified organic, hand-picked, indigenous Canadian herbs and blended herbal teas. Caffeine-free.
AWAKENING – Balanced energy stimulant, ideal for when we want a boost to keep up running, dancing, playing working, sex—to get going any time of day. Blends nutritious and supportive herbs with stimulating herbs, producing a balanced, uplifting tea that energizes without the side-effects of caffeine. Traditional uses – These herbs have been used for a variety of disorders such as indigestion, to increase appetite, for headaches, arthritic and rheumatic pain, colds and fevers, circulation and blood tonic, menopausal and menstrual ailments, cancer, anti-spasmodic and as an aphrodisiac.
Labrador Tea: stomach ache, fever, bronchial ailments, liver-blood tonic
Mountain Mint: headaches, colds and fever, indigestion.
Alfalfa: synergistic and nutritive high in vitamins and minerals.
Nettle: kidney blood tonic, spleen, circulation, rheumatism.
Astragalus: stimulant, tonic for spleen, kidneys, lungs.
Angelica: colds, flatulence, appetizer, stimulant.
Joe-Pye: rheumatism, gall bladder urinary tract, impotence.
Calamus: stomach, fevers, colds, coughs, stimulant.
Ginseng: blood circulation, mental stimulant, adaptogenic.
HOMESTEAD – Cold and flu blend. Named for the pioneers who enjoyed these herbs for fighting colds, fevers and flu, as well as being a delicious and soothing drink. Great as an iced tea. Traditional uses – Flu, cold and cough relief, muscle relaxant, hormone balance, digestive aid.
Anise Hyssop (Agastache Foeniculum) – colds, fever, coughs, angina and weak heart.
Red Clover – blood purifier, expectorant, sedative, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, cancer.
Red Raspberry – blood tonic, back and stomach pains, diarrhea, dysentery, inflamed throat, menses, uterus tonic.
LUCID – Enhanced dream recall. Hand-picked by canoe in the Algonquin wilderness, Lucid Dream’s sweet gale is a light, flavourful herbal tea which is said to enable one to have more memorable dreams or to dream with others. Try a cup as you go to bed. Lucid dream tea is not a sedative but has an immediate calming effect. Traditional uses – Stomach ache, fever, bronchial ailments, liver-blood tonic.
Sweet Gale (Myrica Gale) – Leaves are used traditionally as a light flavourful green tea, and its seed nutlets as sage or bay like cooking spice. Sweet Gale leaves were dried to perfume linen and make candles because of its beautiful fragrance. Also used to allay thirst. Astringent, diuretic, and emetic properties have been scientifically recognized.
PEACE – Security, tranquility and sleep. Peace Tea instills the tranquility, patience and beauty of the earth. This rich, bittersweet blend grounds us in a flowing meadow of healing herbs. Traditional uses – ideal for calming down before, during or after any busy period. Acts as a sedative, anti-depressant, sleeping aid, fends off irritability and nervous exhaustion.
Blue Vervain: nerve tonic, spleen and liver, fever, circulation
Lemon Balm: insomnia, antibacterial-viral, menses, headache
Catnip: colds, restlessness, headaches, heavy menses, sedative
Oat Straw: physical and nervous fatigue, depression, thyroid
Red Bergamot: colds, fever, headache, insomnia, stomach ache
Chamomile: insomnia, indigestion, headaches, cramps
Hops: sedative, cramps, fevers, estrogenic, rheumatism
Motherwort: nerves, regulates heart, mood swings, menses
Valerian: nerve tonic, irritability, sedative, depression
Skullcap: sedative, nerve tonic, antispasmodic
St. Johns Wort: depression, inflammation, sedative, wounds
SACRED – Vision, Communion, Clarity. These three sacred herbs bless us with a healing sense of communion, tranquility and focus, for which the herbs are known by Native Americans. Among the traditional medicinal values of these herbs are decongestant, anti-inflammatory, for joint pain and cools fevers.
White Pine: rheumatism, lungs, kidneys, anti-inflammatory
Sweet Grass: coughs, bleeding, venereal infections, sore throat
Sage: headache, congestion, inflammation, infections
SWEETFERN – Daily immune booster. This delicious and healthy gentle tonic can be enjoyed daily. Sweetfern Tonic is carefully formulated to assist every organ in the elimination of toxins. It tastes like black tea. It helps clear lymph, blood and skin. Many health providers recommend our Sweetfern Tonic for arthritis and cancer patients. Delicious daily tonic formulated to assist every major organ in the cleansing of toxins. Great as iced tea.
INGREDIENTS: Sweetfern, Red Clover, Raspberry Leaves, Roots of Burdock, Echinacea, Yellow Dock, Dandelion
- Our herbs are picked at the optimum time and dried naturally in dark drying rooms.
- Bleach-free tea bags
- 100% recycled packaging with Double Aqua Coat
- Sealed, reusable, plastic pouches are guaranteed to seal herbs fully for two years
- These herbs are safe for children and pregnant women.
- These teas are are mild enough to use everyday, the way one would a mint tea. However all plants, especially wild ones have a strong physiological character and energy which may under some conditions not agree with you.
- All of the herbs used in the teas are naturalized Canadian–Algonquin plants.
- Wildcrafting does not endanger wild plants when harvested sustainably by a professional who understands their cycles.
The Algonquin Tea Company is a collective of dedicated Earth lovers who had a vision of sharing the healing medicine of plants from the Algonquin area. In 1996 when we started, we sold over one hundred of the region’s herbs, seeds and three tea blends—which we put into tea bags. Lucid Dream, Homestead Blend, Sweetfern Tonic were instantly recognized in the market place for their beautiful boxes, their ‘wild’ taste and as a ‘new’ type of product. Herbs exclusively from the Algonquin land where we live, were reverently hand picked and naturally dried. The first bio-regional company in North America, we were a decade ahead of the “Local Food” movement. With the teas’ great success, we were soon too busy to offer all the herbal products and seeds, and focused on the sustainable harvest of herbs for the teas. A couple of years later, we brought out three more varieties: Awakening, Peace, and Sacred Blend.
At this point we had gained control over all aspects of production, because of our mistrust of the regular commercial processes. We made a custom grinder that cut the herbs instead of hammering them to bits. We bought a 5000-pound tea-bagging machine, circa 1940, from the in the Bronx, New York. Kim, Steven and Jack, as well as countless other dedicated Earth lovers (in the form of seasonal workers and enthusiastic sales reps) helped us get through the next five years. Eventually, there came a time where we were too big to do it all ourselves, but we have found other great people and Earth lovers to contract as growers, harvesters and processors.
We are a non-native company, named after the spirit of the Algonquin land where these beautiful plant beings grow and offer their medicines. The images that grace our boxes were offered by our friend and artist, Ritchie Stardreamer Sinclair, apprentice to Norval Morriseau, as an honouring of those same plant spirits. The black line that surrounds the images, represents the spirit of the land, that unites us all in her love and blessings.
To date, we’ve sold millions of cups of tea and educated hundreds of apprentices and workshop participants in the ways of living with the Earth. We invite you to join us in our love of the Earth as you relax with a cup of tea, knowing not only that the tea is good for you, but that the Earth gives you Her blessings.
Algonquin Tea Crops and Teas are Organically Certified (Pro-cert)
We have growing and harvesting areas in Whitney, located at the east gate of Algonquin Park on the Madawaska River, where we practice Permaculture Forest gardening, and in Golden Lake on a 200-acre homestead where we are growing certified organic herbs, as well as many other locations. All of our herbs are wild-crafted (handpicked in the wild) in a sustainable manner (picking amounts that a deer would graze). Those herbs which are more rare are grown organically using non-mechanical, ecologically integrated and perma-cultural methods. No fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides are used in or anywhere near where the herbs are grown or picked for the Algonquin Tea Co.
(All plants, especially wild ones, have a strong physiological character and energy which may, under some conditions, not agree with you.)
Our Name – We only use plants that are naturally occurring (indigenous) to the Algonquin Bio-region. Like Algonquin Park, we are named after these Algonquin lands, that those of us in the Ottawa Valley call home, which is unceded territory, belonging to the Algonquin/Omàmiwinini peoples. We are not a native owned company.
Blessing – Algonquin Spiritual Elder Grandfather William Commanda enjoyed Sacred Blend tea and would say with a smile “that’s really good tea.” In his generosity, he offered this quote to put into the tea boxes: “We must come together with one heart, one mind, and one determination, and respect mother earth.”