Harvest Wildflowers Now; Make Herbal Tea this Winter

While you might not want to think about cold season now, it will be here soon enough.

Lisa Rose, a Grand Rapids-based forager, herbalist, and author, shared her recipe for Burdock & Rose Wildflower Gypsy Tea, which she said is great to drink at the onset of a cold.

The tea blend uses a variety of plants you can actually harvest now. Dry them so they’re ready to use when you’re in need of tea or use them fresh if you want to try it now. Rose said you should brew this traditional blend in a covered pot so that the aromatics of the plants don’t evaporate away and drink while hot.

Get outside and pick the ingredients for your new favorite feel-better beverage. Learn more about how to forage wild edible plants in Rose’s new book.

Burdock & Rose Wildflower Gypsy Tea

Herbs can be fresh or dry for this tea:

  • 1 Part Yarrow (Bitter, Helps clear chills on the surface of the skin)
  • 2 Parts Elderflower (Aromatic, Helps the body regulate temperature)
  • 2 Parts Bee Balm or Peppermint (Aromatic, antimicrobial)
  • 1 Part Thyme & Rosemary & Lavender as desired.

Cover with equal parts boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes.

Do you have any herbal remedies you rely on to feel better? Share with us in the comments.

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