9 Amazing Benefits of Black Currant Tea

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Drinking black currant tea is a great way to boost the strength of the immune system, but you should also understand the various health benefits associated with this fruit tea.

What is Black Currant Tea?

Blackcurrant tea is an herbal beverage brewed from the flavorful berries of the blackcurrant bush, which is scientifically known as Ribes nigrum. For centuries, the fruit of this plant, as well as the leaves, have been used to brew a powerful tea with a wide range of nutrients and free of caffeine. [1]

You can use either the dried berries or the chopped leaves, both of which will provide a rich supply of antioxidants and other active ingredients, such as vitamin C, tannins, and gamma-linolenic acid.

Black currant tea in a cup, next to blackcurrant fruits in a cup, and blackcurrant leaves on a table

Rich in antioxidants, black currant tea boosts your immunity & improves overall wellbeing. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Black Currant Tea Benefits

The major benefits of this tea include its ability to strengthen the immune system, boost skin health, and induce sleep, among others.

  • High in vitamin C
  • Antioxidant activity
  • Antiviral and antibacterial properties. [2]
  • Reducing inflammation throughout the body
  • Protecting the skin against various conditions
  • Inducing sleep and preventing insomnia
  • Boosting mood
  • Regulating hormones
  • Improving cardiovascular health
  • Optimizing digestive function
  • Anticancer potential
  • Treating cold and flu and infections
  • Improving memory
  • Preventing urinary tract infections (UTI)

How to Make Black Currant Tea?

Making your own blackcurrant tea at home is possible if you follow these simple instructions!

Black currant tea in a cup, next to blackcurrant fruits in a cup, and blackcurrant leaves on a table

Blackcurrant Tea Recipe

A sweet earthy tea that is rich in antioxidants! 
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Course: Tea
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: Blackcurrant Tea, Black Currant Tea
Appliance: Tea Strainer, Teapot
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Steeping Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Raksha Hegde


  • 2 tsp blackcurrant leaves or chopped
  • 1 tsp dried blackcurrant
  • 2 cups water filtered


  • Put 2 teaspoons of chopped blackcurrant leaves or a teaspoon of the dried fruits in a teapot. 
  • Add hot water to the teapot and allow it to steep for 3-4 minutes.
  • Strain the tea leaves and enjoy, adding honey as necessary, for flavor.
    Black currant tea in a cup, next to blackcurrant fruits in a cup, and blackcurrant leaves on a table

Side Effects

Drinking an excessive amount of this tea can result in a number of side effects, such as the following: [3]

  • Complications of pregnancy
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Potential bleeding disorders
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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