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.
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
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
Mucilaginous, astringent, anti inflammatory
This article is for educational purposes only.