Honey, Herb Tea, and Wildcrafting in the Still Room

Brewing lots of herb teas and crafting our favorite herbal home remedies has been an almost daily adventure in the still room this winter. Even with preventive measures, family members have had the seasonal discomforts of coughs, colds, and such. But most were short-lived due, in my opinion, to the simple herbal remedies we employ when we're not feeling up to par.

A jar of honey, a sliced lemon or two, and a mason jar with a lid are all you need to make a lemon & honey infusion to help with symptoms from a cold or flu. I add this to a cup of peppermint tea or even just stir a spoonful into hot water.
Ginger is also great infused in honey.
And if you don't mind the taste, this is an excellent way to get the health benefits of garlic down!
I keep jars of honey with lemon, honey with ginger, and honey with garlic on hand all year round.



Tea time around here is so much more than just a pleasant way to spend a few afternoon moments. Tea is usually the go-to when something just isn't quite right. If one of the siblings isn't feeling well, the other girls will often make tea for all. With herbs, tea time is never boring and also can be a great source of herbal help when we're not feeling well. For winter ailments peppermint, ginger, sage, thyme, marshmallow root, slippery elm, nettle, and echinacea often find themselves in the tea pot depending on the symptoms at hand.


 And even in the midst of winter, my yard is beginning to be filled with dandelions, chickweed, and plantain, bringing not only the promise of spring but the joy of wildcrafting into focus. Soon it will be time to plant new herbs in the garden, but for now, I'm enjoying my herbal teas and the occasional foray out into the yard to see what's springing up.


Any signs of spring in your part of the world yet?
What's your favorite winter herb tea blend?

Herbal Blessings,

Catherine Ann

 
*for information and educational purposes only, not meant as medical advice.

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