Creating Wild & Sometimes Tame Flower, Leaf and Root Tea’s

One of the first wildflower’s I began gathering for creating tea was Mullein.  Mullein introduced herself to me by popping up in our landscape on her own.  Curiosity transitioned into a relationship with her.  During her growing and flowering season I included her abundant flowers and leaves into my daily water infusions  while drying them for tea in the upcoming colder seasons.

The flavor of Mullein is pleasant and unique.  Her flowers are sweet and can be added to the leaf and root teas. The leaves have small hairs that need to be strained off, or gently scrubbed off when fresh, and the roots are easier to cut when they are fresh as when they dry they become hard and are more difficult to cut.  A strong pair of indoor garden cutting scissors is a must!

I recommend starting making your own natural teas.  Some of my favorites are:

  • Bay Laurel Leaves
  • Butterfly Vine Flowers
  • Dandelion Flowers, Leaves and Roots – (great for liver and detox)
  • English Daisy Flowers and Leaves
  • Feverfew Flowers & Leaves (great for headaches)
  • Raspberry Leaves (used extensively when pregnant)
  • Rosemary Nettles

Read list for Plants that are good for harvesting for Tea

When using a new plant for making a water or tea only use one type at a time and focus on what you are noticing.  Check in to see if can sense any change and identify what they are. Ask yourself if you are feeling any resulting differences physically, mentally or emotionally.  For example, Mullein is a relaxant, clears the mind, lessens incontinence, cleans out ones lungs and more.


Drying Flowers

Mullein, Feverfew, Mock Orange & Lavender Drying

Mullein, Feverfew, Mock Orange & Lavender Drying

After rinsing the flowers I lay them out on a screen or brown paper to dry inside by a sunny window.  Depending on the summer heat they are usually dry in 5 to 10 days.  To store them I begin with an unsealed container and continue to leave them close to the sun’s heat to make sure there is no moisture.  I  also use brown paper lunch bags and leave them open for the same reason – no moisture.  I prefer to use glass or brown paper and do not use plastic.

Drying Leaves   

Dried Mullein Leaves

Dried Mullein Leaves

After rinsing I lay the leaves out on a screen or on brown paper in a sunny window. The leaves are turned every couple of days until they are dry and crunchy.  I prefer to lay the leaves out to dry versus hanging them as  when I turn them  I can observe the changes in the drying process.  the leaves are then stored in brown paper bags fur future use.  I do break some up to have in a glass  close to my stove and ready to use!

Drying the Roots

Mullein Roots

Mullein Roots

The roots dry hard and rigid.  These I do hang outside to begin with to let the soil dry and fall off more easily.  After a few days I then scrub them with a brush to take the remaining clumps of soil off.  These are then stored in a small untreated cardboard box or brown paper bag.


This process is the same for all the flowering plants I dried during the summer. However in September I do dry them outside as this is the time that we get earwigs!  I urge everyone to take the effort and go beyond inconveniences  to begin exploring with common plants in your landscape or nearby to gain a fuller appreciation for slowing down and noticing what’s around you.   There are so many nutrients missing in our day-to-day store-bought diets that can be supplemented by our own  natural environment.  It can replace manufactured  supplements and chemicals that your body may resist absorbing.  By handling the plant your touch is already beginning to prepare your body for absorbing it.  After all your skin is a sense and the starting point for taking in information to begin its journey inside your body!

Read list for Plants that are good for harvesting for Tea


Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.


 

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