Did you know that a number of common plants can be brewed into tasty teas with medicinal properties?! It’s true! This is something I’ve been playing around with – not only using plants from my garden, but also from the forest around my house. The instructions are simple, combine a handful of washed, fresh herb/plant with 1-4 cups of boiling water, let that steep, and enjoy! Here’s a look at are a few different plants I’ve been experimenting with:
Wild Strawberries/Blueberries/Raspberries: Beginning with something a little obvious – any of these berries AND their leaves can be used to brew a tea with an herbal berry flavour.
Birch: Young birch twigs and leaves can be used to make a winter-green tasting tea that is thought to be helpful in treating inflammatory conditions like arthritis.
Bee Balm: This one you might find in your flower garden – but it can make a delicious earl-grey tasting tea. Bee balm’s believed benefits are relaxation, pain relief, and digestive support.
Red Clover: This one’s not just for the bees! Clover adds a nice sweetness to teas and is believed to treat hormonal issues, especially symptoms of menopause and PMS.
Remember, never ingest a plant you are not 100% sure of. If needed, ask for help when identifying your plants. Have fun!
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Have a happy hippie week!