Strawberry Leaf Tea

Did you know that colonists used strawberry leaves as a substitute for black tea? Strawberry leaves can become toxic while in the process of decaying and drying. To be safe only consume when fresh or when fully dry and crisp. Less of the chemical (hydrogen cyanide) is also present in the spring and summer. Avoid leaves that are discolored, decomposing, or moldy. The leaves alone have a lovely mild flavor. Add in the tops of the fruit and some black tea and you have a great hot beverage served with a bit of milk.

Strawberry Tea

2 cups crumbled fully dried strawberry leaves

1/2 cup of strawberry tops (what you normally would discard when using the fruit in a salad) diced and dried in a dehydrator

1/4 cup of dried black tea leaves

Fragaria x ananassa

The strawberry plant is thought to contain, antioxidants, omega fatty acids, B vitamins, as well as trace minerals such as iodine, magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium. Fragaria is one of the highest naturally occurring sources of vitamin C. An infusion has been used historically for low milk supply in nursing mothers, diarrhea, intestinal complaints, excessive menstrual bleeding, arthritis, water retention, skin rashes, burns, insect bites, blood pressure issues, headaches, conditions of the bladder/urinary tract, fever, night sweats, anemia, ulcers, and bacterial/fungal infections.

Contraindications:an allergy to the fruit. Kidney disease. Pregnancy

Published by blackbirdsbackyard

My backyard botanical pharmacy is located in Boulder Colorado. I began studying herbal medicinewhen I was 12 years old. In college I studied subjects like anthropology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, After graduation I decided to go to midwifery school. I attended births and had a small practice until I retired early in order to be a mother full time. I have always had an herb garden, gathered plants and made my own healing formulas with plants. Over the last 30 years there have been many teachers and I have attended dozens of workshops. I am one of those people who is always reading, studying and learning. In 2019 I was called to practice as an herbalist professionally, using "plant spirit medicine" and bio-energetic ( 5 element)healing techniques. I feel that there is a big need in the community for my skills and talents. I hope to inspire others to start their own backyard pharmacies as a solution to species extinction and the healthcare crisis in America. Healing has also become a spiritual practice and way for me to feel balanced and connected with nature. I consult with clients in person, teach classes (adults and kids), give tours of my garden and offer apprenticeships. Health, joy, meaning, and support are everyone's birthright.

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