Making Tea from Wild Plants – Secrets of Your Garden!
Hello, Once again Alex here, and today have decided to write a post about Making Tea from Wild Plants. In my last post, I wrote about making Tea from Mint Leaves, and I also mentioned Chamomile.
I was having I think about this. Since the other night, I’ve been thinking about where I can get some fresh mint from to make some Peppermint Tea with. As well I never knew before that Chamomile Tea was made from Daisys. This gives me some food for thought also. It made me think what other wild plants can be used to make tea?
So, I live in England in the UK and the main plants I thought about for this article are Peppermint, Chamomile, Nettles, and Dandelion. These are all very common plants that are for me at least found very easily.
It feels kind of absurd really but ever since writing my 1st article on Dynamic Ideas 4 Life about Leptitox it has really made me think about the healing properties of different plants. Not just vegetables but all sorts really.
Dandelion leaves are one of the ingredients found in Leptitox alongside Marian or Milk Thistle another common British plant, and actually this is one type of tea I want to look at today – Dandelion Tea! I know it is just one thing but for my readers, I want to show you that what you might find outside, and even your back garden may actually surprise you.
Making Tea from Wild Plants – Overview
Table of Contents.
- Making Tea from Wild Plants – Overview
- Dandelion Tea Detox
- Benefits of Stinging Nettle Tea
- Peppermint Tea
- How to Make Chamomile Tea
- Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
- Other Ideas for Making Tea from Wild Plants
- Final Thoughts / Your Feedback
Making Tea from Wild Plants – Overview
My inspiration for this post is a few things really. I first wrote about the health benefits of Tea in My Review of the Red Tea Detox by Liz Swann Miller, but actually it was my last post about the Best Ways to Stop Snoring that give me the idea for this. Mainly because I added a recipe in the for Peppermint Tea.
Now, I have tried Peppermint Tea before. A few times whilst out in Morroco last year, and after deciding I would try and make this myself I thought what other wild plants can you make Tea with? I mean Mint is pretty easy to find growing in the wild in the UK, as it is very easy to grow.
Other plants that are just as easy to come by are similar in this sense so I have found this idea very interesting. Mostly the thing what has really piqued my interest is the relationship between plants and the human body. Mint is said to clear your airways for example, and stinging nettles can help with allergies such as hayfever.
This maybe sounds a little bit “Witchy” I know but I really like the idea that brewing some of these wild plants up could help some people who are reading this with their health problems.
Dandelion Tea Detox
Most people might associate the Dandelion plant as the one which you pick and blow it’s fairy-like white tassels away to make a wish with but also interestingly you can use the leaves to make Tea with.
Many might have heard of the drink Dandelion and Burdock but actually Dandelion Tea is a healthy drink high in Vitamin A & K with a number of different benefits. It can be used to cleanse the liver, improve bone, and skin health, fight urinary tract infections plus it is an ideal remedy for both calcium and vitamin k deficiency.
Dandelion Tea is made from the stems, roots and flowers of the dandelion plant.
To make this drink first make sure you are picking healthy plants that are in unpolluted areas, and which haven’t been sprayed with anything such as weed killer. Place a tablespoon of the stems and flowers in boiling water for around 30 mins to brew. Then you can either remove stems and flowers or leave them in your tea.
Alternatively, you can also make Dandelion Root Tea or you can roast the roots to make a kind of dandelion coffee.
Benefits of Stinging Nettle Tea
The truth is stranger than fiction. Using Stinging Nettles to make a type of tea is maybe even stranger than the idea of Dandelion Tea but the best thing is if you like Nettle Tea is that Nettles grow all over the place.
From a homoeopathic point of view, Nettles can help with several allergies including hayfever, itching, sneezing congestion, and inflammation.
Other than this it can be used to purify the blood, enhance fertility and is abundant in a large number of nutrients and vitamins.
These include; vitamin A, several different forms of Vitamin B, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Folic Acid, Amino Acids plus more. It also contains many antioxidants and phytonutrients such as betaine, beta carotene, acetic acid, caffeic acid and lycopene.
To make Stinging Nettle Tea take leaves and stem from nettles.
Warning! Do Not Sting Yourself lol Leave to brew in hot boiled water for up to 20 minutes, and then drink.
OK, I covered this in the last post with instructions to make Peppermint Tea there.
Peppermint Tea is easy to make a soothing hot drink that amongst other things can help clear your airways. It can also help with inflammation and can help if you have trouble with sleeping.
How to Make Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is a name used to refer to several different types of daisy-like flowers. This is actually maybe the most popular type of tea within this post. `It is known to be able to help with many different adverse health issues.
Lowering Blood Sugar and Diabetes
Migraines and Headaches
To make Chamomile Tea again same as the above types of teas. Pick xx amount of Daisys (Look for the big one’s if you can). Add to cup or mug. Pour in hot water and leave to brew for up to 20 mins. Try with Mint or Honey for different flavours. See the video below for inspiration;
Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
This is a funny one for me because I never really heard of before writing this. Doing a search for Red Raspberry Tea and the first thing that comes up was ‘Using Red Raspberry Tea to Induce Labour’. Interesting I thought as just a quick bit of research and it is linked with both fertility and trying to conceive.
If you are trying to have a baby this can help apparently plus can also help during pregnancy. Even afterwards as well as it is good for the uterus, and can strengthen the uterine walls.
Other than this Red Raspberry Leaf Tea can also help with cold, & flu, psoriasis, acne, eczema, constipation, indigestion, high blood pressure, inflammation, and joint pain. Plus also can help with obesity.
It is packed with many different vitamins and nutrients such as Iron, Magnesium, and Potassium plus Vitamin B, C & E.
To make Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. Pick the leaves from Red Raspberry plant. Then it is pretty much the same the other ways of making tea from wild plants, as mentioned above.
You can add the Raspberry in as well. Which are packed with their own detoxifying qualities? Although it is the leaves that are used for this type of tea.
Other Ideas for Making Tea from Wild Plants
Upon looking there are some quite strange ideas here. These I will quickly summarise before signing off. One of these I thought was most odd is a type of tea made from the bark of a birch tree!
Yes, this is a thing and is done by collecting twigs and bark from the silver birch tree. You can also use the leaves. Supposed health benefits are said to be skin health and elasticity, a remedy for kidney stones & gall stones plus urinary tract infections.
Other plants used for tea include; Ground Ivy is known as Creeping Charlie, Bergamot aka Bee Balm, Pine Needles, Red Clover, and Sumac. Plus I am sure there are others let me know about your experience in the comments section below.
Last night I finally tried my hand at making Peppermint Tea. Something I need to work on I think to try and make a more potent brew. Maybe will try brewing alongside my Chinese Black Pu’er Tea with a bit of Ginger and Honey.
Other than this I really would like to try making Chamomile Tea. Bet will save me a fortune on Tea Bags lol. I like a nice long walk through the fields, and nature trails near to where I live so no doubt will find some to pick somewhere.
I am not to keen on the idea of dandelion tea though I don’t think, or the birch bark tea but all in good time. The Bergamot one seems like a not too crazy idea though – I might give that a try as well.
All, I will say to people, and I should have written this at the top really – be careful with which plants you pick! If you pick the wrong one’s they could be poisonous. Also, another problem can be if these wild plants have been sprayed with anything such as weedkiller. Look for healthy-looking plants in places like meadows etc.
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