Lattes are fabulous whether hot or iced and serve as tasty treats from the local coffee shop.
Sadly (and completely unfairly, if you ask me), as with so many other treats in life, most café lattes aren’t very good for us. Many café lattes are loaded with heavy dairy that’s tough for our bodies to process and sugary sweeteners that make the drinks resemble a dessert more than morning coffee.
Tea lattes can be used as a healthier alternative, and can be beneficial to the mind and body when made with herbal tea. Swap out the caffeine-heavy black tea in favor or herbal tea, replace sugar with honey or a bit of maple syrup, and exchange dairy for soy or almond milk for a healthier latte drink you can feel good about.
Herbal tea lattes can be made at home quite easily to cut down on costs (Starbucks can get expensive fast if you’re a regular patron). If you have a french press, immersion blender, some spices, and a stockpile of herbal teas, you’re good to go!
Many natural herbs have properties that boost or suppress different hormones, which can result in some fantastic health benefits. Today we’re focusing on 10 delicious herbal tea lattes to try that will also help you balance your hormone levels!
A quick reminder – if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or are taking any hormone-related medications, check with your doctor before taking anything that could affect your hormones.
10 Herbal Tea Lattes to Balance Hormones
We’ll start with one tea that nearly everyone is familiar with: chamomile.
Chamomile has long been known to have a calming affect. It’s great for soothing an active mind and helping drinkers get a better night’s sleep.
Chamomile also reduces adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels, which in turn reduces cortisol (the “stress hormone”) production. It also helps sooth menstrual cramps by increasing levels of glycine – an amino acid that calms uterine spasms.
Try this flavorful and soothing chamomile tea latte recipe to get started. Consider using almond or soy milk for an even healthier drink.
Peppermint lattes are just the thing for warming you up in the winter. Peppermint is powerful stuff too – it’s a handy ingredient for increasing estrogen.
Peppermint is particularly helpful in reducing hormonal acne and clearing up skin problems. It can also reduce testosterone, and is used as a treatment for hirsutism (excessive hair) in women.
Peppermint is such a lovely simple herb, and making peppermint tea latte is easy and delicious!
Rooibos is a very popular tea from South Africa. Caffeine-free and low in tannin levels, it has a similar mouth feel to black tea, without the caffeine rush.
In addition to being high in anti-inflammatory properties, rooibos lowers appetite by increasing leptin (the “satiety hormone”) production. Rooibos can make you feel more full and stop you from over-indulging.
Try this amazing Rooibos-Nettle Chai recipe. As an added bonus, it contains stinging nettle leaves, which help relieve adrenal fatigue.
4. Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Holy basil is widespread in India and is frequently found growing around Hindu temples (which explains the “holy” aspect of the name).
As a hormone balancer, holy basil is a big one – it suppresses estrogen production and supports progesterone development. It is also helpful for thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism and helps reduce adrenal fatigue.
Try this tulsi tea latte recipe along with cardamom, cloves, and cumin.
5. Rhodiola (Arctic Root, Golden Root, Roseroot)
Rhodiola grows in the northern regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. Its roots have long been used in herbal medicine in Russia and Scandinavia to cope with the stress of living in a cold climate.
Rhodiola suppresses the production of cortisol, enhances the transport of serotonin, and improves the protein levels responsible for resisting stress.
To add it to your tea latte, follow the directions for this Rhodiola tea but at step 5, simply add two tablespoons to your regular tea latte recipe.
Ginseng has a multitude of benefits associated with it, but in terms of hormone balance, there are three main effects: it reduces cortisol levels, thereby reducing stress, and it also increases both testosterone – improving sperm production, and estrogen – making it particularly useful during menopause when estrogen production decreases.
Try this spicy, earthy, and very healthy Ginseng-Chocolate Chai. To make it a latte, bring the milk and honey to a boil on the stove.
Remove from heat and use an immersion blender to make it frothy before adding to your tea.
Ashwagandha is another Indian herb that is often used in traditional medicine. It stimulates the thyroid gland, increasing the production of thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) – the primary thyroid hormones. These hormones affect almost every process in the body from heart rate and body temperature to metabolism.
This healing chai latte has ginger, honey, dates, and ashwagandha – a warm and delicious combination.
8. Maca Root
Maca root comes from a Peruvian plant and is a hormone production “supporter”.
Instead of boosting any specific hormone, maca root helps to nourish the pituitary and hypothalamus glands, which regulate natural hormone production.
Here’s a different twist on a latte – this Matcha Maca Latte giving you the added bonus of the powerful antioxidants in matcha, along with the wonders of the maca root.
Dandelion leaf and root are big liver supporters. They improve the production of bile, which in turn helps the liver remove excess hormones from the bloodstream.
Try this decadent dandelion tea latte with vanilla. Vanilla is another great hormone balancer, as it helps in increasing the secretion of estrogen and testosterone resulting in increased libido, regular menstruation, and reduced premenstrual symptoms.
The astragalus root is different from many of the other hormone balancers on our list – it may actually increase growth hormones, which could mean that it affects cell reproduction and regeneration.
Astragalus also stimulates the adrenal glands, making it effective against adrenal fatigue.
Here’s an excellent tea recipe using both astragalus root and Echinacea. To turn it into a latte, just use your immersion blender on the warmed milk before adding it to the tea.
Do you have any favorite tea latte recipes you have in mind? Share your own top picks in the comments!