This is my recipe for root beer, like it was made 100 years ago, with some added twists. Root beer is a distinctly American drink with a sweet, herbal flavor that’s been made since the colonial era. In the twentieth century, the traditional herbal recipe fell from favor, and soft drink manufacturers began making it with artificial flavors. Moreover, they stopped culturing root beer and, instead, carbonated it.
* Sassafras gives root beer it’s distinctive, slightly mint-like flavor. And it’s traditionally used to purify the blood in folk medicine.
* Sarsaparilla is traditionally used as a renal tonic and for the complexion.
* Ginger gives this root beer recipe a rich, fiery note. Herbalists use ginger to support cardiovascular and metabolic health, as well as for nausea and stomach upset.
* Licorice gives the recipe a subtle, anise-like sweetness that pairs well with sassafras. Licorice also supports adrenal health, and may be helpful in addressing hormonal imbalance in women.
* Dandelion Root adds the subtlest bitter note to the brew. Dandelion root also supports liver health.
Anise star pods
I use herbal root beer mix. Nelson’s Tea – Really Root Beer . 1 oz for 10 cups of water and 1 tsp whole cloves.
1 cup Rapadura sugar
2 capsules S Boulardii
½ cup of kombucha for starter cultures
10 cups of water
Add all the herbs and spices to cold water, mix in sugar.
Slowly simmer about 45 minutes.
Let it steep 24 hrs, then add starter cultures.
Ferment in flip-top bottles few days, at the room temperature, until sweetness is almost gone.
When root beer is made this old fashion way, then it’s actually very tasty and beneficial drink.
Let’s look at more closely what benefits some of the spices and herbs have:
Treats psoriasis, clears up the skin, relieves arthritis, reduces aches and pains, against harmful bacteria, anti fungal, anti microbial, anti inflammatory, anti cancer properties (especially breast and liver cancer), protects and cleanses the liver, etc.
Improved urinary tract health.
Reduced symptoms of arthritis.
Clearer skin and eyes.
Treatment of sprains.
Reduced itching or swelling from bug bites or stings.
A boost in immune health.
Reduced symptoms of gout.
Increases serotonin and dopamine levels. This can reduce inflammation, which may cause depression. Ginger could also provide benefits for anxiety, depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. Ease stomach pains: Ginger can treat nausea and motion sickness.
* Helps with digestion.
* Contains anti-inflammatory properties.
* Wards off colds.
* Boosts immune system.
* Soothes upset stomachs.
* Good for your teeth.
* Soothes sore throats.
* Relieves food poisoning, heart burn.
* Repairs stomach lining.
* Protects skin and teeth.
* Cleanses respiratory system.
High of antioxidants.
Lowers blood pressure.
Increases sensitivity to insulin,
Reduces infections, tooth decays.
Cloves have antioxidants that help in fighting free radical damage to the body and boost our immune system.
Cloves also have antiseptic, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties that keep common infections, cold, and cough at bay.
Drinking this tea will help you improve your digestion. Healthy digestion will help you lose weight quickly.
This drink also helps boost your metabolic rate which further helps in weight loss.
If you suffer from gum or tooth pain then having clove tea is good for you. Clove has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the swelling of gums and provide relief from toothache. Drinking clove tea helps you remove bas bacteria from your mouth.
Clove tea helps in clearing harmful toxins from your body which can lead to different skin problems. Drinking clove tea helps you heal your wounds, skin problems, and fungal infections.
S. boulardii helps protect the intestinal lining from harmful bacteria and increases the production of digestive enzymes, which help break down dietary sugars. This action improves the absorption of water and nutrients in your small intestine, so you can get more nutrition and hydration from the foods you eat.
My mother made homemade rootbeer back in the ‘60’s. I have always wanted to try making. This is a great start using the info from this post. Thanks for posting!
Hi, is there a certain measurement amount for the herbs and spices?
Diane Lacher says
This looks delicious. Can you please post the measurements for this recipe? Or send an email
Mai Meyers says
I use herbal root beer mix.
Nelson’s Tea – Really Root Beer -… https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H41HFNC?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
1 oz for 10 cups of water and 1 tsp whole cloves.
Ideal sweetener is blackstrap molasses.
It has so many health benefits.
Brenda Griffin says
Sounds amazing! How could I purchase a bottle of rootbeer from you?
Mai Meyers says
It’s too much hassle to send it and that makes price high.
It’s cheaper and easier to make it yourself.
Quite fun too!
Amy Burruss says
What S. Boulardii do you recommend?
This is from a reliable, family-owned supplement company. Two of these capsules will do the trick. https://www.amazon.com/NOW-Saccharomyces-Boulardii-Veg-Capsules/dp/B0053W995W/
Andy Kurtz says
Where do you find all these ingredients?
Do you know if we can make it without kombucha? I’m not fond of that one. it irritates me.