Herbal Lemon Tea: How to Wake Up Happy Without Caffeine?


Today is all about lemon herbal tea! There’s more to waking up in the morning than going from tired to wired with a couple cups of coffee. Yes, you too can start waking up with (literal or metaphorical) birdsongs in the air and a gentle optimism for the day.

Many of the factors that have us feeling groggy or stressed when we wake up are lifestyle factors outside of what we put in our body. But it is no secret that coffee, or caffeine generally, sometimes gets your heart pumping just a little too fast.

That’s why thousands of people are switching up their morning joe with a cup of something gentler, like lemon tea! Lemon tea comes in all shapes and sizes. Some lemon teas are just a spritz of lemon in warm water with a pinch of salt. Others include different types of tea, like black tea or chai, with a satisfying amount of lemon juice added.

Fancier recipes have you zest the lemon peel and prepare a hot water infusion. And when it comes to the best lemon tea in the morning, nothing beats a kratom lemon tea!

The topic for today is our favorite lemon tea for the morning – Maeng Da Morning: Lemongrass Verbena Kratom Blend! Zero caffeine, 100% good morning vibes, and an utterly delicious way to wake up. Let’s get into it.

Maeng Da Morning: Lemongrass Verbena Kratom Blend

You might be wondering “how is a simple lemon tea supposed to wake me up in the morning”? For starters, our Maeng Da Morning tea is not just a simple lemon tea.

But let’s hold off on that. First, let’s squash any preconceptions about what a barebones lemon tea can do for your morning.

Lemon Water in the Morning

Lemons contain large amounts of vitamin C as well as minerals and electrolytes like zinc and magnesium.

Mixed with water, you’ll be hydrating efficiently, which is one of the most important tasks for any morning. Plus, the vitamin C will help give your immune system a healthy boost to keep you feeling energized for the day.

Lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes. On average, one lemon contains 80 milligrams of potassium, which is an essential vitamin for the brain. The polyphenols in lemons have even been shown to reduce weight gain in mice studies. 

Getting your digestive tract running in the morning is another important facet of waking up. Lemons are diuretics, meaning they make you pee more which can flush out your system. They also encourage the liver to produce more bile that is essential for digestion. 

Lemon water in the morning doesn’t have the same stimulating nature of caffeine. Yet, the compounded effect of treating your body right should be enough to get you going naturally.

What is in our Lemon Tea?

Our Maeng Da Morning herbal kratom tea blend has five simple ingredients.  There is White Maeng Da kratom leaf, organic lemon peel, organic lemongrass, organic lemon verbena and organic chamomile. 

The kratom herbal blend combines the benefits of lemon tea with the energizing effects of White Maeng Da kratom. The symphony of wellness promoting herbs creates one of the best tasting, strong lemon morning teas available today.

White Maeng Da Kratom

The first ingredient is White Maeng Da crushed leaf kratom. White Maeng Da is one of the best for the mornings. It is complimented by many kratom aficionados as the top energizing strain. 

In the past, we’ve written about how kratom veins/strains are largely inventions of the American marketing engine. The simplistic “white is energy,” “green is balance,” “red is relaxation” nomenclature doesn’t always accurately describe the effects you will receive from the strain.

And the color coding certainly doesn’t accurately reflect the alkaloid ratios present in each stem-type. Still, we taste and analyze each small batch of kratom that we receive. We knew from the start that this batch of White Maeng Da was exactly what our morning blend needed.

Originating from the Mitragyna speciosa evergreen tree, kratom leaves have been used for millennia by the people of Southeast Asia. The leaf is picked from the tree and briefly chewed as a quid. Another popular method, which takes longer than conveniently plucking the leaves, is brewing a bunch of leaves together to make a kratom tea decoction.

Kratom tea is most popular among people doing physical labor, as they find it useful for maintaining energy levels during long hours toiling in the sun. When not working, kratom tea is often enjoyed as a relaxing social beverage.

Organic Lemon Peel

The next ingredient in our Maeng Da Morning Lemon Tea is organic lemon peel. When we use lemons, the peel is usually discarded in favor of the juicy innards. Yet lemon peel is rich in nutrients and essential oils.

Limonene essential oil is the dominant component of lemon peels. Instead of tossing out lemon peels, we’ve added them to our tea! Why waste when you can enjoy the benefits of this rich essential oil?

But more than just a practical wellness addition to our lemon tea, it also packs a wallop of classic citrus flavor. 

Organic Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a fibrous, low growing stalky plant that is native to Sri Lanka and Southern India. Due to its popularity, it now grows all over the world. It often finds its way into Asian cuisine, and is a staple of many Thai curries.

Aside from its culinary uses, lemongrass has been studied for potential therapeutic and wellness applications. Lemongrass has been found to contain many antioxidants, as well as possessing antimicrobial properties.

In our lemon tea, lemongrass adds to the classic lemon taste, while bringing with it essential oils not otherwise found in the lemon fruit. 

Organic Lemon Verbena

Lemon Verbena is native to South America, and was first brought to Europe by the Spanish and Portuguese in the 17th century. It is the flavoring agent of the classic Peruvian soft drink Inca Kola, and can be found garnishing many salads or meat dishes. 

The leaves contain citral, nerol, and geraniol essential oils, as well as verbascoside. These contribute to the antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of Lemon Verbena, and have been shown to help with muscular stress following exercise

Organic Chamomile

The final ingredient in our Maeng Da Morning Lemon Tea is Chamomile. Renowned for its relaxing and sleep-inducing properties, Chamomile may seem like a strange choice for a morning tea that is supposed to wake you up.

In our blend, we’ve balanced chamomile against kratom, the main energizing ingredient, so as to ensure that your morning is spent being productive and not dozing off on the couch!

Chamomile is a flowering herb that comes in several varieties. It has been regarded as sacred in many cultures, including the ancient Egyptians, Arabs, and Saxons. In medieval Europe, Chamomile was sown extensively for its fragrant properties, and even grown as a lawn cover to release its scent when trodden upon.

Chamomile also contains limonene, as well as sabinene, pinene, butyric acid, isobutyric acid, isobutanol, 3-methylbutan-1-ol, 2-methylbutan-1-ol butyrates, azulenes and many other compounds. Aside from its relaxing qualities, Chamomile has also been used as a disinfectant and digestive aid.

Lemon Tea Benefits

Our Maeng Da Morning lemon tea is energizing and provides a holistic wellness boost as well.

Each ingredients provides an essential flavor and function, combining to serve an entourage effect of adaptogenic goodness! Read on to see just what wellness benefits this lemon tea can deliver.

Great for Oral Health and Good Breath

Waking up isn’t all about your energy levels. Another important part of your morning should be taking care of your oral health. Brushing your teeth is a must-do for anyone who will be coming into close contact with someone with a functioning nose later in the day.

But besides just being kind to your friends and family, a clean mouth is crucial for overall health and wellness. Our Maeng Da Morning lemon tea has several herbs with anti-microbial and disinfectant properties that can help with overall oral health.

We recommend drinking this tea after brushing your teeth to up your oral health game to the next level. Your breath will thank you. If you do drink this tea before brushing your teeth, try to leave at least a 30-minute buffer between finishing your tea and brushing your teeth.

Since lemon is acidic, it will slightly soften your enamel, so you won’t want to brush until all the citric acid has been washed off. What’s better than an energizing morning tea that also freshens your breath?

Caffeine-Free Herbal Lemon Tea for Energy

One of the most exciting things about this tea is that there is no caffeine. We don’t have anything against caffeine, but as they say, even too much of a good thing can be bad. 

For those living a lifestyle where caffeine is an important part of how you accomplish tasks, trying a caffeine-free tea for energy is a great way to decrease your caffeine tolerance. This means that when you do eventually reach for a caffeinated brew, you’ll be getting more bang for your buck. And not having to reach for a second, or third, cup of coffee also limits the potential side effects.

The Maeng Da Morning Blend lemon tea is not only energizing because of the kratom, but also for its holistic wellness effects. A healthy mind and body will have the energy to accomplish tasks and stay productive long after an unhealthy mind and body start to tire, even with stimulants like caffeine in the mix.

Does Lemon Tea Potentiate Kratom?

If you’re already a regular kratom tea drinker, you’ll know that lemon is a crucial part of the beverage already. To brew a standard cup of kratom tea, you steep it in boiling water for 20 minutes. In this boiling water, however, is always a small amount of a food safe acid to help extract the kratom alkaloids.

For convenience and taste, we’ve always recommended lemon juice as that acid. With our Maeng Da Morning lemon tea, that lemon acidity is already in the bag! (We love our lemon tea at Top Tree, so we also add a spritz of lemon to the Maeng Da Morning lemon tea, but it is not necessary.)

Lemon potentiates kratom tea by increasing the solubility of the kratom alkaloids. Everything about our brewing method recommendations are tailored to optimizing the amount of these alkaloids that are extracted from the tea bag and into your cup.

Traditionally, brewing a kratom tea took 3 hours! That’s because the water solubility of the alkaloids are so low that a low simmer over a fire required extra time to make the tea strong enough.

When brewing in a thermos, the water stays near boiling the whole 20 minutes, which dramatically increases the amount of alkaloids that are extracted. With the addition of the lemon, 20 minutes is all it takes to make a tea just as strong as a traditional kratom tea that took three hours to brew!

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Soren Shade
Soren Shade is the Founder and CEO of Top Tree Herbs. He was the producer for Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia, and continues to produce the Hamilton Morris Podcast. He writes with a holistic look at natural and synthetic pharmacology, traditions-of-use, and a love for freedom of consciousness. You can find Soren rock climbing or advocating for sensible drug reform and anti-prohibition.

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