Picking Tea Leaves from U.P. Foliage
Goodbye tea bag, hello gorgeous
Today I made tea out of leaves I plucked myself, for the first time.
Not only was the flavor delicious (more crisp, less bitter), but I felt connected to my environment in a novel and profound way.
The tea leaves were a spontaneous element of my day. As I walked in the woods, I had the honor of being accompanied by a friend well-versed in biology. He helped me identify native herbs.
**Confidence in identifying plants is a MUST if you want to pick your own tea leaves**
The first we found was the raspberry plant, who’s leaves are said to be healthful for women’s reproduction.
The next herb we discovered was yarrow, which smelled delicious and is believed to aid in a number of ailments. According to Wikipedia, it’s used to treat pain, bleeding, gastrointestinal disorders, inflammation, and stomachache, among other things. Chinese proverbs claim yarrow brightens the eyes and promotes intelligence.
Both plants contain vitamins, minerals, tannins, and anti-cancer flavanoids.
Scientific evidence to back up the use of herbal remedies to treat illness is limited, so take it for what you will.
But you won’t find me dismissing old wisdom or the power of plants to heal. Eating fresh herbs and vegetables is far better than just about anything else you could ingest.
That said, my tea was delicious. And perfect, I daresay (from my limited research), for a woman during that “time of the month.” **I’m not prescribing, just speculating**
No side effects, just benefits. And a steamy aromatic experience.
What tea leaves have you picked or do you want to pick? Leave a comment and tell me what you think!
Raspberry leaves grow in groups of 5, like so
Here is the whole raspberry plant–soon it will bear fruit too
Note the jagged edges
Yarrow has white flowers and long fern-like leaves
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