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Herbal Smoothie Recipes

What makes an herb an herb and not just a plant? Botanists will tell you that an herb is a plant that bears seeds and has a fleshy (rather than woody) stem.

But when an herbalist is talking about herbs, they’re usually talking about plants that have particular benefits to us humans because of their fragrant, medicinal, or flavor qualities. Often, these qualities come from their volatile oils (aka essential oils), which have special properties.

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Lately, I’ve been getting my daily herbal magic by adding them to my green smoothies.

You’ve probably heard us talk about how amazing green smoothies are for your health, or maybe you even saw a video of me making one of my favorites. Green smoothies are a really easy way to add vitamins, minerals, and fiber to your diet. This is the first step to healthy, glowing skin.

Besides adding unique benefits to your green smoothie, adding herbs gives it a gourmet flavor dimension, without adding sugar or other ‘bad stuff.’

I spent a day in my kitchen perfecting some of my favorite herbal smoothie recipes. Each one has amazing skin benefits, tastes really good, and makes enough to fill 2 pint-sized mason jars—perfect for breakfast for two or saving one for later.

1. Parsley PearParsley Pear - Herbal Smoothie Recipes

Parsley contains the flavanoid luteolin, which acts as a powerful antioxidant. Its essential oils, particularly one called myristicin, is amazing.

Not only that, but a mere half cup of parsley gives you 500% of your daily vitamin K—great for tightening and firming the appearance of your skin—and 50% of vitamin C—which can have a light plumping affect.

To balance out parsley’s strong flavor, I put two ripe, sweet pears in this recipe. Plus lemon for more vitamin C and ginger.

The two cups of spinach give you a good dose of Folate, Manganese, and vitamins A, C, and K.

It’s the most green-tasting of all of these recipes, so if you’re new to green smoothies, you might start somewhere else down this list.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup parsley
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 2 ripe pears
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 2 cups of spinach, packed
  • 1.5 – 2 cups water

Directions: Assemble ingredients in blender, fruit first. Blend together and enjoy.

2. Pineapple CilantroPineapple Cilantro - Herbal Smoothie Recipes

One of cilantro’s unique benefits is that it helps remove heavy metals from the body, such as mercury and lead, the accumulation of which can contribute to chronic disease. Using cilantro in your smoothies, salsas, and other dishes can help your body get rid of these heavy metals, which you can be exposed to from eating fish, wearing lipstick, and many other sources.

While cilantro helps you detoxify, pineapple provides enzymes that help you digest your food. And when your gut is happy, everyone’s happy (including your skin).

Coconut water in this keeps you hydrated and keeps this smoothie light. With a good two cups of greens in here, your skin gets a ton of vitamins A and C, supporting the appearance of good skin tone and texture.

This smoothie is flavorful, refreshing, and vibrant. Cilantro may be most popular in savory foods, but trust me that it blends seamlessly into this subtlety sweet recipe. (The reason you see some difference in color in the photo is I had frozen this for an hour before I took the photo.)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of greens, packed (I recommend spinach, lettuce, or 1 cup of each)
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • Juice from ½ orange
  • ½ cup cilantro (about 10 sprigs, including stem)
  • 1.5 – 2 cups coconut water

Directions: Assemble ingredients in blender, fruit first. Blend together and enjoy.

3. Berry Basil

Berry Basil - Herbal Smoothie Recipes

Not to play favorites, but this one is my favorite. It’s thick, creamy, and just sweet enough.

Basil is an unexpected smoothie addition that has some serious skin and health benefits. It contains unique flavanoids called orientin and vicenin, which protect against environmental stressors.

Add to this, antioxidants from blueberries, vitamin C from strawberries and vitamin A from spinach, and you have a recipe for super healthy skin.

Ingredients:

  • 10 frozen strawberries
  • 2 heaping cups frozen blueberries
  • 16-20 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups of spinach, packed
  • 3 cups of coconut milk
  • Optional: a few leaves of lemon verbena

Directions: Assemble ingredients in blender, fruit first. Blend together and enjoy.

4. Honeydew MintHerbal Smoothie Recipes - Honeydew Mint

Mint contains rosmarinic acid, which is an antioxidant. It’s also naturally cooling.

This herb can be tricky in smoothies because its texture is a little… noticeable. After taking all of these photos, I had the idea to add seedy blueberries to round out the texture (since honeydew has practically no fiber) and that worked really well.

Another special ingredient in this recipe is the matcha green tea powder. This type of green tea is especially rich in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is rich in magnesium, a mineral involved in the activation of many enzymes in your body.

Honeydew provides potassium, which helps with fluid balance and blood pressure.

Cooling, hydrating, and full of antioxidants, this smoothie is a good choice for the summer months.

Ingredients:

  • 3 heaping cups frozen honeydew chunks (I cut up a fresh honeydew and froze it for a few hours)
  • 1 heaping cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1.5 cups of coconut milk or water

Directions: Assemble ingredients in blender, fruit first. Blend together and enjoy.

5. Dandelion Root Latte Smoothie

Dandelion Root - Herbal Smoothie Recipes

This recipe is the odd one out for a few reasons. For one, it has zero greens in it. It also has zero fresh herbs.

The herbs in this one are powdered (and not pictured because I just couldn’t get the packages to look attractive), and I swear this tastes as good as an iced latte.

Roasted dandelion root is a common coffee alternative because the taste is pretty similar and it lends itself well to pairings with milk, chocolate, and honey. We use Dandyblend in the office, which has roasted barley, rye, and chicory root in addition to the dandelion. Not only is dandelion great for your liver, but drinking it instead of coffee can save your skin from dehydration and extra oil production that can result from caffeine.

Don’t feel like you can skip the coffee? Ashwagandha is the second ingredient in here, and its main benefits are stamina, stress reduction, and fighting fatigue. It’s what we call an adaptogenic herb, one that supports and balances the endocrine and hormone systems.

Holy basil is the final herb in this recipe, and also an adaptogen. Here is the brand we use in the office.

Adding protein powder to this makes it more balanced and filling. We love Sun Warrior Protein Powder because it’s plant-based and sweetened with natural stevia.

The two adaptogenic herbs in this smoothie recipe make it helpful for combatting stress. Chronic stress can exacerbate countless conditions. So if it’s been wearing on you lately, consider making this smoothie your morning brew.

Ingredients:

  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Dandyblend (roasted dandelion root also would work)
  • 1 tsp Ashwagandha root powder
  • 1 tsp Holy Basil powder (Tulsi)
  • 2 cups nut milk
  • 5-7 ice cubs
  • Optional: protein powder (we love Sun Warrior)

Directions: Assemble ingredients in blender, fruit first. Blend together and enjoy.

Do you add any herbs to your smoothies? Tell us in the comments below!

by Hope Freije

Sources:

Superfood Profiles – Parsley

Self Nutrition Data – Spinach

Organic Facts – Health Benefits of Potassim

Renegade Health – Holy Basil: My Number One, Ace-in-the-hand Herb

The World’s Healthiest Foods – Peppermint

NCBI – Rosmarinic acid.

Self Nutrition Data – Honeydew Melon

Chelation – Harnessing and Enhancing Heavy Metal Detoxification—A Review

The World’s Healthiest Foods – Parsley

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COMMENTS ( 11 and counting )
  1. Adeline says:

    Hi, love your article! Just a question: how much is one cup of spinach? Whats the best way to guage? Hope you can help, thanks 🙂

    • admin says:

      Hi Adeline,

      Good question! I wrestled with saying “handfuls” or “cups.” I just grab a big ol’ handful, which equates to about a cup, if you pack the spinach in there.

  2. Peace says:

    KewL idea ~ adding herbs to green smoothies.
    I will try a couple of these suggestions…sounds interesting and yummy!
    Thx a bunch

  3. CA says:

    Hi … what a great idea to include basil … I will have to try that since is sounds like an adventure. I am glad you posted these fresh herb ideas now that Spring is here and they are now back in the stores and more affordable.

    I have recently been inspired to experiment with and bio hack my smoothies by Dr Sara Gottfried’s youtube interview (https://youtu.be/RU_55yQTiKQ?t=3m56s) (she will be part of JJ Virgin’s live online event you link to in your email newsletter) and the videos of David Wolfe. They now include a banana, coconut water (for hydration), dried herbs and grasses (a Greens Pak), brain herbs and supplements (recommended by Dr David Amen — the brain scan guy), some TCM adaptogenic formulas (by Dragon Herbs), and some peppermint and ginger oil. It sounds a bit bit hardcore, but the mental clarity and energy is amazing.

    Do you have any thoughts about using dried and TCM herbs in smoothies? Does it work better to pair herbs with veggies for food combining or fruits to add sweetness and a pleasing texture? Do you think adding some oil (like coconut or an omega 3 source) would help the brain (and body) uptake the oil based ingredients in the herbs? (I hear that is why they now recommend you use an oil based salad dressing — so your body can better absorb the nutrients in the raw salad ingredients.)

    Thanks again for the article!

    FYI – Would you also recommend being careful with prolonged uses of high doses of parsley if you are pregnant to trying to be, since it is such a strong blood cleanser?

  4. Hearher says:

    This article came at just the right time-I’m starting to get bored with my usual smoothies and was thinking I needed to jazz things up a bit! These all sound very interesting and I can’t wait to try them! Thanks!

  5. Theresa says:

    Thanks for these smoothies recipes. I will be trying some of them.

  6. Sandy Bradley says:

    I add chickweed to my green smoothies. It is nutritious and plentiful. Rather than throwing it away when weeding my garden I harvest it and use it like I would spinach in smoothies, salads or cooked.

  7. Re Hope’s question ‘Do you add any other herbs to your smoothies?” — Yes, cinnamon powder, turmeric powder, moringa and a tiny bit of cracked chlorella (so it doesn’t ruin the taste 🙂 ). Looking forward to trying your recipes pure, then with these spices/herbs!

  8. Donna says:

    I have had Tulsi tea before….in your smoothies one ingredienet is Tulsi Powder….can you please advise why sometimes they say the powder is not for internal consumption. Can you suggest a brand that is ok for comsumption
    Thanks

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hi Donna,

      We haven’t seen anything that says not to use tulsi powder if it comes from an organic source. Could you let us know where you’ve read that?

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