Last week we talked about edible flowers and how they can be used to decorate and enhance dishes.
Some flowers and herbs also have certain health benefits, especially when made into tea. Dandelion tea, for example, is a powerhouse of health benefits. It is full of vitamin C so it helps to boost the immune system. It hosts antioxidant properties that naturally combat inflammation. And as a good source of potassium, it stimulates the heartbeat and therefore boosts blood flow which, in turn, improves blood pressure and kidney function.
There are many good shop-bought versions of herbal teas, but why not have a go at making your own? It means less waste and you can create your own tailor-made tea to suit your taste and health needs.
So next time you’re in the garden or out for a walk, why not forage for some flowers and herbs? Again, make sure you forage in areas that aren’t spoilt by chemicals or pets!
Once harvested, dry your ingredients in a dehydrator or in a very low-temp oven. Store them in glass jars ready to be made into your own special blends.
- Chamomile - For sleep and stress release
- Dandelion - Immunity boosting, lowers blood pressure and boosts kidney function
- Echinacea - Immunity Boosting
- Elderflower - Immunity boosting, reduces cholesterol
- Fennel - Improves digestion
- Lemon Balm - Improves mood, mental performance and skin elasticity
- Peppermint - Relieves indigestion, nausea and stomach pain
- Passionflower - Relieves anxiety and improves sleep
- Rosemary - For digestion, memory boosting
- Rosehip - Reduces inflammation, high concentration of antioxidants
- Sage - Improves cognitive, heart and colon health
- Thyme - Immunity boosting & lowers blood pressure
- Valerian - Reduces anxiety and improves sleep
- Verbena - Calming and good for digestion and circulation
Of course you can mix and match flowers and herbs to suit your taste and needs. You can also add flavour enhancers such as lemon juice or honey.