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Red Blackberry Leaves

Red Blackberry LeavesThe best blackberry leaf tea is made of those red, burgundy & maroon leaves that usually appear later in the Fall after the blackberries have dried out.
Just look for healthy looking leaves, already mostly dried out.
The tea itself has a nice amber color and a sweeter taste than regular blackberry leaf tea. And if you pay attention to the Doctrine of Signatures, the red color is a good indicator that the leaves nourish the blood and support healthy blood circulation
Blackberry is a plant of the Dark Goddess, especially in this decaying phase.

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‘Morning by the Countryside’ French Tea Recipe

Morning by the Countryside

As far as I can remember tea has always been a big part of my life, probably stemming from my mom’s German heritage. There were always a few pots filled with dried herbs in the kitchen pantry, but my grandmother had even more…

This tea is a recreation of an herbal tea blend I used to buy all the time and enjoy back in France. It’s caffeine free and I like to reserve it for days when I don’t have to hurry but have time to enjoy the morning’s stillness & the song of the birds.

Some of these herbs may surprise you as you’d never think you’d find these in a tea but trust me the taste is very pleasant. I like it even better with a touch of honey ;).

“Morning by the Countryside” Tea Blend:

  • 1 part lemon thyme (thym citron)
  • 1 part sweet marjoram (marjolaine)
  • 1 part spearmint (menthe douce)
  • 1 part basil (basilic)
  • 1/2 part crushed rosehips (baies de cynorrodhon)

Blend all these herbs together and keep them in a hermetic jar, away from direct sunlight. I recommend that you use your blend within 6 months to a year. To brew a cup of tea: infuse 1 tsp of the blend with boiling water for about 5 minutes (adjust the ratio if you want to brew more than a cup). Sweeten (or not) to your liking.

Notes:

  • Please keep in mind that herbs are medicinal in nature and that they all contain active ingredients which may or may not interfere with medications.
  • Some herbs can also be unsafe to use during pregnancy (while others may be used sparingly) because they can overstimulate the uterus. Following the information that I found in “Conceiving Healthy Babies“, I would use the above tea blend cautiously.
  • I recommend using organic & pesticide free herbs (homegrown is even better). If you don’t know where to find these herbs I can suggest Mountain Rose Herbs, from which I’ve been buying herbs for more than a decade. They are a reliable source and you can now get whatever herb you need by the ounce.
  • Whether you choose to use a tablespoon, a cup, a jar or a bucket as a measurement unit for tea blending, be consistent. Altering the measurements and/or ratios will ultimately alter the taste of the tea (which might or might not be to your liking).

 

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Tea Throughout the Seasons

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While I’ve been blending and drinking tea for a very long time, I recently became interested & curious about tea varietals…Which is a new world for me and for anyone going beyond the white, green & black teas.

Furthermore, and according to Chinese Medicine, you are supposed to drink certain teas at certain times of the year in order to attune the body (and its organs) with the elements & the seasons…Which makes sense to me. Each tea has a different energy, due to the terroir, how old the tree is, if it’s wild or cultivated, how the tea was dried/stored/fermented…And of course, you will like or dislike a tea depending on your own taste, needs, and “energetic compatibility”. You will not drink the same tea whether you are trying to meditate or focus on your work – you will have to choose your tea accordingly. I find the topic fascinating…

If you wish to know more on the topic, here’s a brief but interesting article: https://m.teavivre.com/info/proper-drinking-time.html

Here are some fine tea purveyors for you to extend your palate, knowledge, and curiosity:

Happy brewing! 😉

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