Last Saturday our wild edibles class covered the use of different plants for teas, both for enjoyment and medicinal. Our course does not focus on medicinal uses from wild edibles, but most seem to be used for some ailment or overall health benefit. We tried lemon balm tea, cedar tea (surprisingly, quite good), raspberry tea, sheep sorrel tea, catnip tea, and quite a few others.
Our instructor makes a tea for her partner, who struggles with asthma. For her, the tea has worked well enough to replace the inhaler. Here is the "recipe" for the nervine tea that helps with asthma and is a good general calmative. (Note: Helps as a preventive; not during an episode.)
(Photo of lemon balm – part of the mint family)
For 1 mug (or smaller, for concentrated dose)
- 1-2 chamomile tea bags
- 2 medium sized lemon balm leaves
- 2 medium sized catnip leaves
- 1 big pinch of ground/shredded licorice root
As instructed--with any medicinal tea, sip rather than guzzle.