Skip to content
Fast & Free Delivery over $45 How fast will I receive my order? ZIP Code: - Receive it More Info

Stock Your Summer Apothecary

5 Min Read
Stock Your Summer Apothecary
Updated on June 17, 2021

The smell of night-blooming jasmine, the sticky, moist air before an afternoon storm, the energizing midday sun, these are the quintessential signs of summertime. It’s the boldest of the seasons, bringing the brightest of blooms, lightning bugs, and late-night celebrations.

While the rise in heat enlivens the spirit, it can also bring its own set of challenges, which is why we like to infuse soothing and cooling herbs into our everyday rituals. From seasonal books to restorative beverages, discover how our herbalists stay vibrant throughout the sunniest season.


Herbal Rituals for Summer Health

The summer season is just as much a time for celebration as it is a time for rest and restoration. These rituals will bring you back into your body and give you a sense of renewal after all your fun outdoor adventures.

After-Sun Herbal Skincare

After a long day in the sun, cooling herb-forward lotions and oils are some of our favorite ways to soothe and restore. Simply rub the fleshy inner filet of aloe onto red skin or cool off with an herb-infused body oil. Salves made with fresh green herbs like yarrow and plantain are also a great way to mend minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises collected from a long day of adventure. Another way to soothe the skin is by using our Chamomile tea, once cooled, as a topical compress. Visit our DIY section for Herbal After-Sun Skin Care tips and Cold Herbal Compress recipes. To support your skin from the inside out, sip on some red clover tea which was traditionally used in herbal medicine for skin health.*

Wild Greens & Raw Foods

Mineral-filled wild greens are in abundance this season, and that’s no accident. Greens like dandelion, sorrel, and chicory are abundant in vitamins, minerals and are a bit bitter—a taste which often is associated with a cooling action in traditional medicine. Chop wild greens into salads, pestos, or even morning breakfast bowls. You can also enjoy our Dandelion Leaf & Root tea or Moringa with Spearmint & Sage tea as a base for your green smoothie for fun!

Hydrating Herbal Drinks

With so much running around, liquid intake often falls to the wayside. The best way to beat the heat is by sipping your favorite teas on ice or by just enjoying a glass of water with a touch of salt for added electrolytes. A summertime favorite of ours is whipping up a nice batch of Herbal Lemonade.

summer apothecary

Key Herbs for the Summer Apothecary

Every season has its own energetic qualities and seasonal bounty. Our herbalists lean on cooling, hydrating, and restorative herbs to keep us balanced and energized all season long.

Cooling & Hydrating Herbs

Herbs to balance the heat are essential this time of year. We recommend cooling herbal teas, like peppermint and fennel, along with hydrating and heart-healthy tonics like hibiscus.

Exercise & Energy Support

Has all that running around got you wiped out? Settle down with a cup of turmeric tea to support your body’s response to sore muscles and joints after a day of strenuous exercise.* If you’re looking for more long-term energy support, try adaptogenic herbs—like eleuthero, a star botanical in our Mental Focus tea and Urban Moonshine’s Joy Tonic.*

Nervous Systems Tonics

Stay cool, calm, and collected with the help of herbal nervines. These plants can work both in the moment and over time to support healthy nervous system function. Make your happy hour extra happy with a cup of kanna, chill out with chamomile and lavender before bed, or soothe a nervous stomach with lemon balm tea or tincture.*


Build a Seasonal Library

With more people becoming awakened to the power of plants, there are so many books on the history and inspiring everyday use of herbs that we love. Grab one of these gems before you head out on vacation.

Business of Botanicals by Ann Armbrecht

This book is one of our seasonal favorites that follow herbs through the supply chain, including our own. Ann does an incredible job of sharing the herbal industry’s challenges and outlines opportunities to make the herbal products industry more equitable and sustainable for every stakeholder. It’s a great historical insight into the history of the supplement industry, too. Take this new classic on your summer vacation.

Wild Drinks & Cocktails by Emily Han

If you’re feeling like an herbal spritz—this book is for you! Emily’s premiere cookbook outlines all the ways to enjoy herbs as cocktails and refreshers. Learn how to craft something special from the abundance of the season. It’s a perfect book to keep your tea routine interesting and impress your house guests.

Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions and Science by Enrique Salmón

Whether you’re headed on a cross country road trip or seeking a mental adventure, this book is for you. Get to know the plants across the United States from the American Indian perspective and tradition. Iwígara reminds us that we’re interconnected to all lifeforms, and each share the same breath. This is a great summertime journey to get to know 80 plants and learn more about their use as food and medicine, ways to identify them, and their traditional stories. Get excited to know new and old plant friends from a place of true kinship.

Farming While Black by Leah Penniman

In the season of indulging in nature’s juiciest and most decadent fruits and flavors, we honor and acknowledge those of past and present that have toiled in the fields and kept alive precious wisdom and traditions to feed generations. We encourage you to dive in as Leah celebrates Afro-Indigenous contributions to agricultural development and explores racial injustices within the food system. This highly inspiring book serves as a manual for African-heritage people who’re ready to reclaim farmland and redesign a new system based in sustainable food systems and food justice.

You Might Also Enjoy

Shop All
Nettle_3D front facing box Introducing our new industrially compostable tea wrapper! Coming soon to a tea near you

Nettle Leaf Tea

Nettle Leaf supports joint health and overall wellness
Turmeric & Ginger with Meadowsweet Tea Turmeric & Ginger with Meadowsweet Tea

Turmeric & Ginger with Meadowsweet Tea

This blend supports a healthy response to inflammation associated with an active lifestyle
Traditional Medicinals logo. Daily. Herbal. Organic Dandelion Leaf & Root. Balanced & Earthy. Detox + Kidney Health. Caffeine Free. 16 Wrapped Tea Bags. Herbal Supplement. NET WT .99 OZ (28g). USDA ORGANIC logo Dandelion Leaf & Root (Taraxacum officinale). This blend supports kidney function and healthy digestion.

Dandelion Leaf & Root Tea

Dandelion Leaf & Root supports digestion & kidney health while aiding the body's natural detoxification process
Roasted Dandelion Root Tea packaging box Roasted dandelion root stimulates the liver and supports healthy digestion

Roasted Dandelion Root Tea

This blend stimulates the liver and supports healthy digestion

Red Clover Tea

Red Clover is traditionally used in herbal medicine for skin health

EveryDay Detox® Lemon Tea

This blend promotes healthy skin and supports the body's natural detoxification process

Dandelion Chai Probiotic Tea

This blend supports healthy digestion

Green Tea Ginger

This blend gently invigorates, while promoting healthy digestion

Green Tea Lemongrass

This blend is gently stimulating, while supporting your health

Green Tea Matcha

This blend is inspired by a traditional Japanese style of green tea called matcha iri genmaicha, this green tea is mildly invigorating while supporting your health.

EveryDay Detox® Dandelion Tea

This blend stimulates the liver and supports the body's natural detoxification process

Green Tea Peppermint

This blend gently invigorates, while alleviating digestive discomfort

Related Articles

View All

Herbal Basics: Adaptogens 101

We can all agree that sometimes our natural rhythm falls out of step. We live in a world where it is easy to take on too much, flaring up stress,...

Dandelion Date Shake

By Sarah Kate Benjamin of The Kosmic Kitchen If you've never had a date shake you're in for a real Southern California treat. Invented in the 1930's by a date...

A Conversation with Nioma Narissa Sadler: Empowering Women and Transforming Communities

Author: Jules Benefico Join us for an insightful conversation with Nioma Narissa Sadler, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, and Goodwill Ambassador at Traditional Medicinals®. Nioma is not only...

Voices Are For Using, Not Losing™: Get to know Jake & Shelby Singer/Songwriter Duo

Jake & Shelby, the dynamic pop duo aged 18 and 19, are rapidly climbing the music charts with their mature and fresh sound, drawing inspiration from John Mayer, Madison Cunningham,...

Identity Herbalism with Erin Masako Wilkins of Herb Folk Medicine

Erin Masako Wilkins is an Asian American herbalist and acupuncturist. She has been a practicing herbalist for over a decade specializing in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine. She aims to...

Celebrating the Holidays and the Planet

Tis the season of green! We are proud to announce that we at Traditional Medicinals have joined forces with the Environmental Media Association (EMA), using our voices to elevate eco-consciousness...

Q&A with Rosemary Gladstar, “Godmother of Modern Herbalism” and Traditional Medicinals Co-Founder

Photo taken by Danielle Cohen Meet Rosemary Gladstar, known as the godmother of modern herbalism, she has captivated a global audience with her wealth of knowledge and passion for herbal...

Voices are for Using, Not Losing™: Tips from a Celebrity Voice Coach

Meet RAab Stevenson, singer, songwriter, vocal coach, arranger, producer, artist and developer. Robert “RAab” Stevenson has worked with some of the most famous voices and producers heard on pop radio...

How Tea can Protect Ecosystems: FairWild collection with the BBC Storyworks Commercial Production

Climate change is altering landscapes. It’s harming global ecosystems and the people who depend on them. Over 40% of medicines found in western pharmacies are derived from plants, many of...

3 Herbal Hacks for Mental Health

Big emotions are often natural reactions to very real challenges. Occasional stress, overwhelm and stretches of melancholy can feel scary. And yet, you’re not alone. We’ve all had seasons of...

Herbalist Tips for Healthy Skin

While clear, dewy skin is often a bit of good luck, long-term health is very much dependent on healthy habits. Herbalists use plants inside and out to nourish the skin,...

4 Ways to Soothe an Anxious Mind and Stomach

Have you ever had an anxious gut feeling about something or felt nervous and experienced butterflies in your stomach? These sensations emanating from your belly remind us that the brain...