4 Tea Recipes You Can Make From Wild Plants

We know it’s warming up outside, so you’re free to be all typical and make some refreshing cold drinks like these funky lemonade recipes, but we wanted to be a little different this week. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite tea recipes you can make from wild plants. Just take a long hike, get your nails dirty, forage, and then head back to your homebase to get tea making.

If you’re wondering why we’re giving you recipes for hot tea (we told you wanted to be different, but maybe you’re not buying it), just think of it this way: if the temperature outside is hot, your body actually cools down faster when you drink something hot.

If you don’t believe us, you can always just put these teas on ice.

Eucalyptus Tea

Adapted from GeorgiaPellegrini.com

eucalyptus leaves

Image: www.georgiapellegrini.com

Ingredients

  • 4 eucalyptus leaves, torn
  • 2 cups water

Directions

  1. Wash the eucalyptus leaves and place them in a pot with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn off the heat and let them steep for 15 minutes. Reheat if necessary and strain into a cup. 

Dandelion Greens and Ginger Tea

Adapted from SaltedAndStyled.com

dandelion tea recipes you can make from wild plants

Image: www.saltedandstyled.com

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon fresh dandelion greens, rinse and chopped
  • 1 thin slice fresh ginger
  • 1 (2-inch by 3-inch wide) grapefruit peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown rice syrup (optional)
  • 1 cup water

Equipment

  • Cheesecloth
  • Butcher’s twine

Directions

  1. Place chopped dandelion greens and ginger slice in a cheese cloth, and tie with butcher’s twine to form a pouch.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, place the cheesecloth pouch into the water and reduce heat. Simmer for 4 minutes.
  4. Remove cheesecloth pouch and pour tea into a cup.
  5. Twist grapefruit peel over the steeping tea and drop it in. Sweeten with brown rice syrup if desired.
  6. Serve immediately.

Mugwort Tea

Adapted from SupplementSOS.com

(If you happen to be planning a camping trip with 7 of your celebrity pals, be sure to make some mugwort tea, as it’s a favorite of resident Earth goddess Shailene Woodley.)

mugwort tea recipes you can make from wild plants

Image: www.supplementsos.com/herbal-tea/mugwort-tea

Ingredients

  • 1 or 1.5 heaped teaspoons of mugwort per cup of water
  • Water

Directions

  1. Heat water to a boil.
  2. In a teapot or french press, pour the water over the mugwort.
  3. Cover and leave to infuse for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Strain out the mugwort and serve.

Rose Petal Tea

Adapted from GeorgiaPellegrini.com

rose petal tea in blue cup with spoon

Image: www.georgiapellegrini.com

Ingredients

  • 1 packed cup of rose buds and young petals
  • Hot water

Directions

  1. Pick the rose buds, preferably in early morning, choosing ones that are still wrapped fairly tightly in the bud.
  2. Loosen them from the bud and let them dry for several days in the sun. You can also let them dry slightly on the bud, then finish drying them by plucking them from the stem.
  3. Place 2 heaping tablespoons in a tea cup. Cover with hot water and let brew for about 4 minutes.
  4. Sip and enjoy when you want the taste of comfort.

 

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