How to Make Devil’s Club Tea?

Devil’s club tea is a traditional herbal remedy used by many Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest and is gaining popularity beyond its place of origin. Making devil’s club tea requires only a few simple steps that anyone can follow.

Devil's club stem


  • 1 teaspoon of dried devil’s club leaves
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • Honey or another sweetener to taste (optional)


  1. Add the dried devil’s club leaves into a loose-leaf tea infuser.
  2. Pour boiling water over the leaves.
  3. Let steep for 3-5 minutes before straining into a cup.
  4. Enjoy plain, or add honey or another sweetener to taste if desired.

Note: while many recipes on the Internet suggest adding more than one teaspoon of leaves per cup, I found the tea very bitter when adding two or more teaspoons of leaves. So I recommend you either use fewer leaves or add more water.

What Is Devil’s Club Tea?

Devil’s club tea is an herbal beverage made from the devil’s club plant’s leaves, stems, bark, and berries. Native American healers have long used it to treat arthritis, cancer, wounds, fever, tuberculosis, and pneumonia. Lately, it has gained popularity as a versatile supplement, available in various forms like brewed tea or pills.

What Is Devils Club Tea Good For?

Devil’s club tea has many potential health benefits, including:

  • Reducing inflammation: Studies have shown that extracts from the leaves of devil’s club can reduce various markers of inflammation, as well as contain several antioxidant compounds such as gallic acid, chlorogenic acid, and protocatechuic acid.
  • Exerting antimicrobial properties: Research suggests that devil’s club may help block the growth of certain types of fungi and bacteria, including those that cause Hansen’s disease (leprosy) and tuberculosis in humans.
  • Slowing the growth of cancer cells: In vitro studies show that devil’s club could potentially inhibit the growth of diverse cancer cell types, such as pancreatic, colorectal, non-small cell lung, breast, and acute myeloid leukemia cancers. Some studies also indicate that devil’s club extract may increase the potency of chemotherapy drugs used to treat these cancers.


Devil’s club tea is a traditional herbal remedy with many potential health benefits, including reducing inflammation and exerting antimicrobial properties.

Making devil’s club tea is simple and straightforward; all you need are 1 teaspoon of dried leaves, 1 cup of boiling water, and honey or another sweetener. If you’re looking for an alternative way to improve your overall well-being without medications or supplements, try devil’s club tea today!


What Does Devil’s Club Tea Taste Like?

I find the taste of devil’s club earthy, bitter, and somewhat medicinal. However, when sweetened with honey, it tastes great. Adding other natural sweeteners would probably work as well.

Does Devils Club Help With Pain?

Many Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest have used devil’s club for centuries as a remedy to relieve pain. Studies have shown that devil’s club contains compounds that can reduce inflammation and relieve pain. The tea is also rich in antioxidants, which can effectively alleviate sore muscles and joints.

Nonetheless, scientific studies on the effectiveness of devil’s club as a pain reliever are scarce, and more comprehensive clinical trials are required to confirm its efficacy conclusively.

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