Navajos use Navajo Tea to soothe aches and pains from joint soreness to upset stomachs. Science has offered some insight into these traditions with the discovery that Navajo Tea contains the flavonoid Luteolin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory. Navajo Tea is also a mild diuretic which is good for blood and kidney function.
The high-meadows of Arizona’s Chuska mountains are home to a plant called greenthread, more commonly known as Navajo Tea. The Navajo Tea plant has been picked, dried, and brewed as an herbal tea by generations of Navajo people. Its mild flavor has a natural sweetness and aroma which make it an ideal tisane. Navajo Tea can be enjoyed as a hot beverage or an iced drink and comes in three delicious flavors.
Navajo Tea is culture. It is tradition. It is history. It is the story of every Navajo man and woman who continue to pick and steep it. It is a postcard from the reservation. It’s simply a daily part of life in Navajo land. Oh yeah, and it’s delicious!
We began the Yanabah Tea Company out of a desire to share this traditional Navajo beverage with everyone. We are a 100% Navajo owned and operated family business located in Arizona.
There was always a pot of Navajo Tea on Yanabah’s wood-burning stove. It was simply a part of daily life. Navajo Tea still reminds me of my grandmother Yanabah. The smell of a fresh brewed pot takes me back to her kitchen. It seemed only fitting to name our Navajo Tea after the woman whose heritage it carries on. We all have a ‘Yanabah’ in our life, and it is my wish that Yanabah Navajo Tea will take you back a time and place of happy memories and unconditional love.
Yanabah’s strength of character anchored our family. Her gifts were kindness, wisdom, and grace. She hand-spun wool and chopped her own wood. She knew the earth well and was sought after for her knowledge of sacred ceremonial plants.
It was Yanabah who first took me out to pick Navajo Tea. We headed to the Chuska Mountains where the tea was plentiful. Picking Navajo Tea with Yanabah was never a mundane task because her stories gave meaning to our work. They were stories about our ancestors. They were stories about our ways. They were stories that made sure our traditions would not end with her. Once home, we folded the tea into bundles and hung them to dry for use throughout the fall and winter.
Beginning with seeds my family and I hand-gathered from wild Navajo Tea plants, we have grown a full service company from crop cultivation to finished product. Our tea is grown and packaged to the highest industry standards. We strive to pass on the taste and tradition of Navajo Tea in a professional and consistent presentation. Thank you for your support of our product.