Herbal Recipes

“Not-Quite-Spring” Herbal Tea Formula

by KiOhmA, Farmer/Anarchy Herbals

This time of year finds the majority of us wandering our plots, rejoicing in every little sign that Spring is on its way.

In the waxing of the Winter months, I like to sip this blend – a wonderful combination of cold and warm, Winter and Spring, stimulating and calming. It is a very aromatic brew- good for the senses and good for the soul.

To use, simply add a handful to your tea pot and simmer on low with the lid on for about 10 minutes. Sweeten with honey if you desire. Enjoy. 2-3 cups a day. I like mine best late afternoon and into the evening when it’s time to grab my book and put my feet up.

Brightest Blessings,


RECIPE (blend dry herbs for a large jar of tea)

¼ cup California Poppy (whole plant)

½ cup Cotton Wood Tips

½ cup Orange Bergamot (Mint)

½ cup Plantain Leaves (Plantago spp. – not the banana-like fruit)

1 cup Raspberry Leaf

1 cup Calendula Flowers

photo by Cristina Rivera

Cotton Wood Tips Populus trichocarpa 

Feminine/Saturn/Water/ Astral projection

Anti-inflammatory, the aromatic resins act as vasodilators, helps bring up the cough that is just stuck there and after helps soften and alleviate the raw burning throat that sometimes follows.

California Poppy Eschscholzia californica 

Feminine/ Moon/ Water/ Fertility, Love & Sleep

Hypnotic/ mild sedative, helping us rest and just chill out a bit. It can make you sleepy and lethargic, so operating machinery is not recommended. Do not mix with prescription drugs.

Orange Bergamot Mint  Mentha citrate 

Masculine/Mercury/ Air / Cleanse & Protect

Settles stomach (some say better than peppermint), the aroma calms the nerves and quiets the mind.

Raspberry Rubus idaeus  

Feminine/Venus/Water/ keeps “evils” from entering

Astringent herb that works wonders on a sore & tired throat, great to gargle, soothes some stomach complaints.

Calendula Calendula officinalis

Masculine/Sun/Fire/ prophetic dreams

a gentle stimulant and diaphoretic , soothing

Plantain Plantago lanceolata 

Feminine/Venus/Earth/ Healing

Mucilaginous, astringent, anti inflammatory

This article is for educational purposes only.

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