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Inhale the crisp, cool essence of a desert morning, and sip the clairvoyant qualities of white sage with Folk Tea’s Desert Spirit. Take a breath, and let hints of cinnamon, lavender, and peppermint round out your sipping experience. 


Brew for a minimum of 4 minutes

Use 1 tbsp of tea per 8 ounces of 212°F water


Want to know more about the ingredients? Here’s how some of them are traditionally used around the world:

White Sage has been used by many native tribes of the Americas for a very long time. It has been used for food (the seeds), basket weaving, postpartum healing, cold-fighting and cleansing (read more from Natural Resources Conservation Service). It is a sacred plant to a lot of folks, and the burning of sage as a cleansing act now exists both as a spiritual ceremony and - unfortunately - as a pop culture act of cultural appropriation. I try to be mindful about its use and its history. It is an incredible plant, and I always feel a sort of awe when handling it. I chose white sage for this tea, for its energetic purification and protection qualities, and (in another vernacular) the same, mirrored chemical constituents: it’s an antimicrobial disinfectant (hence the protectant), astringent, diuretic and diaphoretic (hence the cleansing), and antispasmodic (calming). Many of those qualities come from the high amount of terpenes and flavonoids - great for fighting inflammation and infection Read on about Salvia Apiana’s chemical properties in Dr. Pasqualle’s article The Many Faces of Salvia. Peppermint - a cross between watermint and spearmint - has menthol in it:  a component that has dry, cooling, antispasmodic components It’s said to have a relaxing effect on the muscles and digestive organs, and Dr. Marisa Marciano, ND, shares that it’s actually the volatile oil that acts as a mild anaesthetic to the stomach wall, helping with nausea. Another herb having a smooth-muscle-relaxing effect is cinnamon! Cinnamon balances peppermint with it’s own warming qualities, and according to the NCBI article Cinnamon: A Multifaceted Medicinal Plant, it has many “antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, anticancer, lipid-lowering, and cardiovascular-disease-lowering compound(s)”. Finally there’s lavender: Dr. Marciano writes that lavender is effective against stress headaches, works as a gentle strengthening tonic of the nervous system, helps with nervous debility and exhaustion, and can be used to soothe and promote natural sleep.


***Sage is an emmenagogue which could influence breastfeeding. 


Everything you put in your body has an effect on you. Folk Tea suggests that you consult with a qualified healthcare professional before using herbal products, particularly if you take other medications, or if you are nursing, pregnant, or expecting to become pregnant.  


This information is for education purposes, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration

desert spirit

  • cinnamon, lavender, white sage, peppermint