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3 Healthy Homemade Teas and Their Health Benefits

Updated on November 28, 2018
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Thelma Alberts is fond of gardening. She is a health-conscious person and is fond of making teas out of the flowers and leaves of plants.

3 Healthy Homemade Teas

  1. Hibiscus or Gumamela Tea
  2. Guava Leaves Tea
  3. Moringa Oleifera / Malunggay / Miracle Tree Tea


1. Hibiscus or Gumamela tea is made of fresh or dried hibiscus flowers. It should be the red hibiscus for making this healthy tea.

Having a garden in my home country allows me to enjoy the red hibiscus flowers for my tea. I have planted this flower a few years ago when I visited my Philippines home. Every time I long for a mug of hibiscus tea, I just harvest a red hibiscus flower in my garden and put it in a boiling water, added with honey and lemon or calamansi juice before drinking.

2. Guava leaves tea is made of a few leaves of a guava tree which we also have in our garden. I use the light young green leaves of a guava when making this tea and just drink it without any sugar or honey. I love it real.

3. Moringa Oleifera / Malunggay / Miracle tree tea is made of the leaves of this super healthy plant. We had a miracle tree before in our garden but due to too much rain, it died. Now I have to buy Moringa leaves in the supermarket or in an open market in our town to make this super healthy tea.

Here is the link to my Moringa Oleifera hub https://hubpages.com/living/What-Is-Moringa-Tree

Hibiscus/Gumamela tea.
Hibiscus/Gumamela tea. | Source

Every time I long for a mug of hibiscus tea, I just harvest a red hibiscus flower in my garden and put it in a boiling water, added with honey and lemon or calamansi juice before drinking.

How to Make Hibiscus Tea

From fresh hibiscus flower:

1 red hibiscus flower (if dried, 1 teaspoon)

1 teaspoon of honey

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

1 mug of boiling water


  • Put the washed fresh (or dried) hibiscus flower in a mug.
  • Add the boiling water. The red flower turns a bit brown.
  • Add a lemon juice in it and the flower will have its color again.
  • Let the flower stay in the mug of boiling water for at least 5 minutes before getting it out from the mug.
  • Add the honey or any sweetener you want to enjoy your tea.

Tip: If you have red hibiscus in your garden, you can dry some of the hibiscus flowers when there are many to harvest. Just wash them and let them dry in the air for a few days and keep them in an airtight container or a jar.

Hibiscus flower from my tropical garden.
Hibiscus flower from my tropical garden. | Source

I put hibiscus flower in every tea that I have. It's sweet, sexy and cleansing.

— Mario Batali
Homemade Guava leaves tea.
Homemade Guava leaves tea. | Source

How to Make a Guava Leaves Tea

From Fresh Guava Leaves:

2 young Guava leaves
1 mug of boiling water

a teaspoon of sugar (optional)

a teaspoon of lemon juice (optional)


This is a very simple way of making a guava tea. Just wash the young guava leaves and put them in the mug. Add a fresh boiling water. Let it stay for at least 5 minutes. The longer you let the leaves stay in the mug, the bitter it will get. Drink this tea the way you like it by adding sugar or honey. I love this tea without sweetener and lemon. This is the very healthy taste that I love. Guava tea is loaded with vitamin C and other vitamins.

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Guava leaves for making tea.This was the guava tea I have made for 1 liter of boiling water. Just boiled the water and add the washed guava leaves and boiled it in a moderate heat for 5 minutes.
Guava leaves for making tea.
Guava leaves for making tea. | Source
This was the guava tea I have made for 1 liter of boiling water. Just boiled the water and add the washed guava leaves and boiled it in a moderate heat for 5 minutes.
This was the guava tea I have made for 1 liter of boiling water. Just boiled the water and add the washed guava leaves and boiled it in a moderate heat for 5 minutes. | Source

How to Make Moringa Leaves Tea

1 teaspoon Moringa leaves powder

1 mug of boiling water

honey for your taste, optional

a teaspoon of lemon juice, optional


  • Put a teaspoon of Moringa leaves powder in a mug.
  • Add boiling water to the mug. Let this stay for a few minutes or at least 3 minutes. Depends on how long you like it. Keep on tasting.
  • Sieve the tea before drinking.
  • Add honey and lemon juice if you want.

Unsieved Moringa/Miracle tree tea.
Unsieved Moringa/Miracle tree tea. | Source

Health Benefits of Hibiscus, Moringa and Guava Leaves Teas

Hibiscus/Gumamela Tea
Guava Leaves Tea
Moringa / Malunggay/ Miracle Tree Tea
it can reduce high blood pressure
it helps in treating diarrhea
lots of Vitamins A,B,C,E,K
it has anti-inflamatory properties
it helps in treating cold and cough
it contains iron, calcium, potassium and protein
it helps lowers cholesterol
it has a lot of vitamins C, antioxidants and lycopene
it contains selenium and is rich in amino acids
it has an antioxidant properties that helps in treating liver illnesses
it helps in normalising blood pressure due to the potassium in it
it helps in treating urinary tract infections, rheuma and gout
it is rich in Vitamin C
it is rich in fibers which helps in losing weight
it increase the milk production of lactating mothers
it gives relief when having a menstrual cramps
it helps in regulating blood sugar after eating meals
it helps in losing weight
Sources: Wikipedia https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/moringa.html https://www.guavatea.com.au/how-it-works/
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Homemade Moringa tea powder.Moringa Oleifera / Malunggay / Miracle Tree leavesMoringa Oleifera / Malunggay / Miracle Tree Leaves, dried.Moringa Oleifera before grinding with nuts grinder.Moringa Oleifera/ Malunggay / Miracle tree powder.
Homemade Moringa tea powder.
Homemade Moringa tea powder. | Source
Moringa Oleifera / Malunggay / Miracle Tree leaves
Moringa Oleifera / Malunggay / Miracle Tree leaves | Source
Moringa Oleifera / Malunggay / Miracle Tree Leaves, dried.
Moringa Oleifera / Malunggay / Miracle Tree Leaves, dried. | Source
Moringa Oleifera before grinding with nuts grinder.
Moringa Oleifera before grinding with nuts grinder. | Source
Moringa Oleifera/ Malunggay / Miracle tree powder.
Moringa Oleifera/ Malunggay / Miracle tree powder. | Source

How To Make a Homemade Moringa Powder

Moringa powder is very expensive in Europe and so I decided to make my own homemade Moringa leaves tea while I have access to this plant here in the Philippines. I bought a package of Moringa leaves in the market which included a piece of lemongrass. I used the lemongrass for my soup and dried the Moringa leaves for making moringa powder for my tea. Here's how I made it.

  1. Getting of the small Moringa leaves from its branches before washing the leaves in a strainer under the flowing tap water. This is to get rid of the dust.
  2. Arrange the leaves on a tray and let them air dry for about 3 days but not under the heat of the sun.
  3. Then I made the leaves into powder by grinding them with a nut grinder.
  4. Store them in a clean glass container or a small tupperware.

Live a Healthy Life

Live a healthy life by drinking healthy herbal teas like Moringa, hibiscus and guava teas. Enjoying them give me the feeling that I do something good not only to make me relax but also for my well being and to take the needed liquid that I should drink to keep me hydrated.


Thank you very much for reading and I hope you will try drinking at least one of these herbal teas.


© 2018 Thelma Alberts

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    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 months ago from Germany and Philippines

      Thank you Chitrangada. I did not know before I did the research that Mallungay, is called Moringa tree in English. It was also the time I knew that it is called drumstick tree in other countries.

      Thanks for your wonderful comment.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent article about herbal teas.

      While I do make Hibiscus tea and I pick up the flowers from my garden, I would love to try the other two.

      Guava tree is easily available here, so I can make it. I was curious to know, what is miracle tree, which you mentioned above. It’s known as drumstick tree here and it has immense medicinal properties.

      Thanks for sharing the useful information .

      Merry Christmas Thelma to you and your family.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 months ago from The Caribbean

      The hibiscus is one of my favorite flowers but I never knew I could drink it. I have guava leaves in my yard; will try that too. Done the moringa from tea bags. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 months ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi Linda! Guava leaves have many uses and one of them is making tea. The guava leaves were the common medicine my late grandparents used for healing many illnesses here in the Philippines. Thanks for your nice comment. Have a lovely day!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 months ago from Germany and Philippines

      Yes, it is always nice for me to be in my home in the Philippines especially that I have a garden where I can make some teas from my plants. It is good that you have herbs in your garden Peggy. Yes, it is good to learn the health benefits of the teas we are drinking. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 months ago from Houston, Texas

      It is so nice that you are able to pick your hibiscus flowers and more to make your own teas when in the Philippines. I have some fresh herbs in my garden from which I can make fresh teas. It is also good to learn of health benefits from drinking the various types of teas.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 months ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi Poppy! I love Yorkshire tea. It's very delicious with fresh milk. Maybe you can find these teas sold in Japans supermarket. I think green tea is the best in Japan. I love green tea, too. Thanks for your dropping by. Have a great day!

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the idea of using plants from my garden to make herbal teas. Thanks for sharing how you make the teas, Thelma. I especially like the thought of making a drink from guava leaves.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 months ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi Liz! Fresh mint tea is better than a store bought mint tea. I always buy a pot of mint tea plant in the supermarket. It is very handy not only for cooking but also for making tea. Thanks for your nice comment. Have a lovely day!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 months ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi Lisa! I have discovered these teas a few years ago when I was searching for the English names of the plants in my garden and if they they were poisonous. Gladfully they are not. Thanks for your comment. Have a nice day!

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      Poppy 

      7 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      These all look incredibly healthy! I might have a go at making some of these. I usually drink Yorkshire tea, but of course, that just comes in a ready teabag. There are so many different kinds of teas out there. Thank you for sharing this article with us.

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      Liz Westwood 

      7 months ago from UK

      These are great ideas for tea. I had not thought of making my own until recently when a friend took a mint leaf from her garden to make my husband mint tea.

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      Lisa Bean 

      7 months ago from Nevada

      I enjoy drinking tea but I've never had any of the above mentioned teas before! I have only ever had dried tea leaves in my tea so this idea is super cool to me to pick from your own surroundings to make into a tea!

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