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Sea Buckthorn Tea

A cup of sea buckthorn tea with a jar of dried sea buckthorn leaves in the background, and both dried and fresh buckthorn berries around them

Are you looking for the perfect hot drink to boost your immune system for the cold winter days? Then this sea buckthorn tea recipe might be the right one for you. This light tea, made from sea buckthorn leaves and berries, bursts with healthy vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and delicious flavor. Also, it is free of caffeine and has no stimulant properties, making it a great, cozy evening drink.  

What is Sea Buckthorn 

Sea buckthorn is a thorny shrub that fruits bright orange berries. Other common names for the shrub are sandthorn, Siberian pineapple, shallow thorn, or seaberry. These berries are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Their unique astringent flavor makes them a versatile ingredient. 

Where to find Sea Buckthorn

A shrub of sea buckthorn with orange berries at the Danish cost

If you live in a region where sea buckthorn grows, you might consider foraging it yourself. The shrub grows in multiple regions around the world. Here in Northern Europe, it commonly grows close to the coastlines. Still, the plant also grows in parts of Asia and North America. It typically thrives in areas with cold winters and well-drained soil. The shrub grows up to two meters tall, with narrow, long leaves with silver scales. 

I was in Denmark a while ago, where the sea buckthorn grows in abundance along the coastline. You can easily pick a ratio of berries and leaves you enjoy for this tea. While the shrub looks recognizable, be careful not to confuse the plant with lookalike species like Pyracantha Spp when foraging yourself. 

Ingredients for Sea Buckthorn Tea

Sea buckthorn berries and water with raindrops on a dark surface

You only need sea buckthorn for this tea. I am making a mixture of the leaves and berries for the tea. I enjoy this combination, but you can also make a delicious infusion just from the berries or leaves, depending on what you have on hand. Optionally, you can add other spices to the tea, like cinnamon or star anise. 

The sea buckthorn leaves have a mild, slightly hay-like taste to them. The berries add freshness and the sourness we all love from sea buckthorn. 

Optionally, you can finish the steeped tea with a sweetener of choice, or some lemon juice. 

How to make Sea Buckthorn Tea 

If foraging the sea buckthorn yourself, you can make the tea fresh or dry the ingredients to make it pantry-friendly.

Drying the Ingredients

When making the tea fresh, steep your sea buckthorn leaves in hot water. I’d recommend not using boiling water. Around 90° C is perfect. You can cut the berries and let them infuse as well. 

Jar of dried sea buckthorn tea and berries tossed around it

If you want to make your sea buckthorn tea storable, you will want to dry the leaves and berries. Spread them out evenly on a baking sheet. I’d recommend drying the leaves and berries separately, as they take different times. 

Birdseye view sea buckthorn tea and fresh berries

Heat the oven to 60° C (140° F). The leaves should be dry after a few hours. You can continue to dry at room temperature. The sea buckthorn berries will take longer to dry in the oven. I’d recommend leaving them for around 6-7 hours. Afterward, the berries can continue to dry at room temperature until they have lost their remaining water contents. Keep them in a warm, dry, and sun-protected space when drying them at room temperature.

Steeping the Tea:

Steeping sea buckthorn tea in a clear cup, with sea buckthorn berries around it

Add your favorite mixture of sea buckthorn tea to a teabag and steep it for around 7-10 minutes. 

If you cannot get your hands on these fresh ingredients, or you don’t want the effort of making your tea mix, you can also opt for buying sea buckthorn tea online. 

I hope you enjoyed this simple tea recipe. I think it is just so fulfilling to drink or eat something that you have foraged yourself. Let me know what you think in the comments!

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A cup of sea buckthorn tea with a jar of dried sea buckthorn leaves in the background, and both dried and fresh buckthorn berries around them

Sea Buckthorn Tea

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Sea buckthorn tea is a delicious mild infusion loaded with healthy nutrients from sea buckthorn. It is a perfect cozy evening drink.

  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x



20 dried or fresh berries of sea buckthorn

1 tbsp crushed sea buckthorn leaves

Optional: spices like cinnamon or star anis

Optional: Lemon juice

Optional: Sweetener of choice


Crush the sea buckthorn berries and leaves with a mortar. Add them to a tea bag.

Fill your cup with hot water (90° C). Steep the tea for 7-10 minutes. You can add spices, sweetener or lemon juice as well.

Remove the ingredients and enjoy the tea.


You can adjust the ratio of berries and leaves to your liking. The leaves add a mild, hay-like flavor, while the berries add fruitiness and sourness.

  • Author: Ivo
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Tea, Hot beverage
  • Cuisine: international
  • Diet: Vegan

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