Wild Teas For Survival – Medicinal & Nutritional

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Here’s an interesting video from the always-entertaining AlfieAesthetics giving us a rundown of 13 common fruits and herbs and how they can be made into teas that are nutritious and medicinal. Sarcasm is his second language and he does it well.

1. Rosehip Tea. Rosehips are high in vitamin C and may be beneficial for colds, urinary tract infections and mild constipation.

2. Blackberry Leaf Tea. Should not be overused due to tannic acid content, however as a medicinal, it has value for sore throat, ulcers, gum inflammation, cholera, dysentry and other intestinal conditions.

3. Acorn Oak Bark Tea. Acorns and oak bark are very high in tannic acid. It’s a beneficial astringent for skin conditions, and can be seen as a stronger source than the blackberry leaf tea for the above mentioned conditions. SHould not be overused as tannic acid can be harmful to the liver.

4. Dandelion Tea. Traditionally used for digestive cleansing, and is traditionally used for liver and kidney cleansing. Fresh petals, leaves and roots can all be brewed.


5. Milk Thistle. Easily identified by the milky “cobweb” patterns on the leaves. Milk thistle is one of the best known liver tonics and this one is generally regarded as safe for ongoing (“tonic”) consumption. Leaves, flowers and roots can all be used.

6. Lavender. Lavender flowers can be brewed into a tea and is a well known insomnia remedy, as well as being valuable for menstrual cramps and general muscle relaxation. May also be beneficial for headaches, upset stomachs and as a bug repellent. However note that according to Alfie, it takes like “utter shit”. 🙂 So British…

7. Nettle Tea. Mineral rich, may be beneficial for hay fever, asthma and colds. Wear gloves.

8. Mint Tea. Nutritious. Acts as decongestant, so may be valuable for colds and flu.

9. Chamomile Tea. Anti-inflammatory, calming, and soothing to the stomach.

10. Pine / Spruce Needle Tea. High in vitamin C so may be valuable for colds and flu.


11. Birch Sap Tea. Birch sap can be drunk straight from the tea, can be reduced down to a syrup and added to teas as a sweetener.

12. Willow Bark Tea. The inner bark of the willow contains salicylic acid, a traditional remedy for headache and fever that has been used for many hundreds of years. Should not by used by those allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), which is essentially a synthetic form of salicylic acid.

13. Elderflower Tea. Dried or fresh elderflowers are traditional remedies for allergies, hay fever and for other conditions of the mucous membranes. Note that only the flowers and the ripe, dark berries should be used. The leaves, stalk, unripe berries and bark are toxic.

Safety note – never use any herbs unless you are absolutely sure of the identity of the plant. It’s not worth the risk.

Wild Teas For Survival - Medicinal & Nutritional
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