How to Read Tea Leaves

  • Make a cup of tea

Choose a white or light colored teacup.

Almost any leaf tea will do nicely. My personal preference is Earl Grey. If avoiding caffeine, you might even choose an herbal variety. The herbal options are delicious: jasmine, peppermint, chamomile… the list goes on and on.  If you do not mind the tiny floating bits, you can open a tea bag and sprinkle the tea into a cup of hot water. A middle eastern option is to sprinkle coffee grounds into a cup of coffee.

  • Steep your tea and quiet your mind

Steeping time is a personal preference. Green and black teas are usually ready in a minute or two, while herbal teas may take longer.

This is a time to quiet your mind and relax. What you are about to exercise is your mental creativity. Pattern recognition and symbol recollection will require focus and concentration. Distracting conversation, music or activity will detract from your experience. As in beginning meditation, attempt to empty your mind of all thoughts.

  • Sip tea while you find your focus

Once your tea is cool enough, begin sipping.

Leaves may be floating, so do the best you can to avoid consuming too many. If you are right-handed, lift your cup with your left. If left-handed, drink with your right. If ambidextrous, reach for your cup, stop, and then use the other hand.

Now that you are quiet and relaxed, identify the issue foremost in your mind. In meditation practice, one attempts to empty the mind - blocking out all thoughts. As you attempt to think of nothing in particular, is there a stubborn thought that keeps returning to your attention? If so, that is the subject of this reading. Focus on that thought.

If nothing in particular comes to mind, then this will be a general tea leaf reading. Focus on your breath and the taste of the tea.

Leave a small amount of tea at the bottom of your cup.

  • Swirl three times and dump

Hold your nearly empty teacup in your hand and give it three good swirls.

The tea leaves will disperse around the interior of cup. Gently dump out the remaining liquid by turning your teacup over into a saucer.

Wait at least three breaths before turning your cup back over. You are ready to begin reading your tea leaves!

  • Identify symbols and jot them down

Tea leaf reading is a highly personal and subjective process.

Because abstract pattern recognition keys into our subconscious, self analysis produces the most relevant reading. One person may see an egg, while another sees a beetle in the same spot. We are most likely to recognize symbols having a bearing on or connection with the matter at hand. Therefore, you are the most qualified person to read your own tea leaves.

If your cup has a handle, begin there and read clockwise. If your cup has no handle, begin reading from 12 o'clock.

Make a notation of the first symbol you see.

Mentally divide the cup into three sections: rim, middle and base.

The rim area is above the tea level when you first poured your tea. The base is the level of tea left before you dumped out the remainder. The middle section is the area between the rim and bottom.

Note where the symbol is located and if it is next to another symbol. Note whether you see bubbles, twigs or droplets in your cup. Work with quiet concentration and take your time.

  • Create your tea leaf reading

Translating symbols into meaning is just as personal and subjective as their identification. Individual language, cultural exposure, experience, knowledge and mental state contribute to interpretation of symbols.

The first symbol you saw represents your dominant character or someone near or influential. Symbols in the rim section apply to this moment in time. The middle section represents the near future - usually no longer than a fortnight. Both the rim and middle section represent influences in your outcome. The base of your cup represents the ultimate answer or conclusion.

Teas for headaches

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Green tea: This herbal tea has been used since ages as a medicine to cure several health problems. The tea contains antioxidants which provides you relief from headache. Green tea is also useful to aid weight loss, improve digestion, prevent from cancer and other diseases etc. Have this type of herbal tea to cure headache. 

Cinnamon tea: This mouth refreshing herb is also used to provide relief from headaches. Headaches can be due to various reasons and if migraine or cold are the reasons then, have cinnamon tea. Cinnamon is a rich source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium which makes it an effective home remedy to cure headache and other health problems. 

Ginger tea: This is one of the most common herbal teas which is consumed as a home remedy to headaches. The perennial plant extracts have anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties which makes it an effective herbal tea to cure headache. 

Chamomile tea: If you get migraine attack, have chamomile tea instantly to get relief. Chamomile is an antioxidant with anti-anxiety, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic properties which is useful in curing headaches.


Witch Teas

Its 430pm and do you know what that means… Its teatime, Witchy Tea Time. 

I just realized that I haven’t made any posts about tea and witchcraft yet.  Making tea has become a large part of my personal practice; I drink a lot of it. My moms whole side of the family is from Great Britain and we’re HUGE tea drinkers, I basically grew up on it. By the time I was in second grade I would have a cup of tea in the morning with breakfast and then have one as soon as I came home from school… and maybe another cup after dinner. Now the act of drinking tea has evolved into something much more sacred for me, a daily ritual.

Brewing and creating teas are a simple and enjoyable way to include magic into your daily life and activities. By combining herbs with specific correspondences, energies, magical properties or holistic benefits, you can create teas that are able to aid or enhance your work as whole.

Brewing hot tea is a blend of invocation and harmony of the elements.

Earth, represented by the botanicals you are brewing.

Water, the medium in which that plants are infuse into.

Fire, heats the water so that the fusion may occur.

Air, the steam, smell and taste rising from the brew.

Most of the teas that I prepare and drink today aren’t actually considered to be true “tea”. I mostly make herbal infusions, brews or “herbal teas” which are made from various herbs, roots, flowers and such. By creating my own blends it’s easy to find ways to make them apply to practices, also I have found that blends created by the drinker are much more magically potent than store bought blends. This is because your thoughts, intentions and energies are being mixed into the tea as you prepare it. I include tea in many of my rituals, spells, offerings, before or after mediation practices, etc., etc. 

(Some of my witchy tea recipes)

There is really so much potential when it comes to using tea for witchcraft purposes, choosing teas or herbs is a very important element when making brews. Always look and see what you have available and consider your options. Are you being drawn to an uplifting citrus blend, a soothing floral blend perhaps, or maybe even a spicy warm blend? Take note of these things, your choice of herbs can reflect what you may be currently needing at the time. It could be important for the future, especially if you like the results. I always set an intention for my tea, even if it’s something simple, such as to put me in a better mood. I then focus on this intention as a brew and prepare the tea. 

If you love tea and haven’t tried working with it before in your practices I highly recommend that you try it at least once.  

Some ideas are

  • Lavender, chamomile tea for stress relief. 
  • Rose tea for incensed love.
  • Ginger root, honey and cinnamon tea to keep positive and warm on cold shitty days. 
  • Sage, and rosemary for cleansing.
  • Or a white tea with jasmine and roses for a calming meditation blend
  • Then there’s Dream tea or teas for psychic enhancement, or for divination, healing teas… the possibilities are endless
  • Add honey, milk or sugar for sweetness and prosperity  
  • You could even add water and heat safe crystals to your teas for extra power (list of not safe crystals) or place your teapot within a crystal grid. 

When it comes to making my teas for rituals and magic I have a specific teapot that I use. (Its the one in the photo) she’s a tiny dark blue cast iron. (I really need a name for her) I choose to use a cast iron pot for a few reasons, one is super durability, two retains heat well, and three is because I have read that iron is the heart of the earth and universe itself, it is above, and below. Thus making it useful and universal when it comes to magical work. Speaking of teapots you can charge them with crystals or a specific purpose to help aid even further. 

This concludes my mini post on witchcraft tea, I hope you enjoyed it feedback is welcomed

-HoneyCoyote- 

Master Post

Herbs & Plants, about them, how to grow them, and what they’re good for


African Violets
Allspice
Angelica Root
Anise
Arizona Poppy
Basil
Bay Leaves
Blackberry
Brittlebrush
Cabbage
Carrots
Chamomile
Chili Peppers
Cinnamon
Cloves
Coffee
Desert Paintbrush
Desert Sage
Desert Lily
Dogbane
Evening Primrose
Fairy Duster
Garlic
Ginger
Ground Cherry
Jasmine
Jimson’s Weed
Lemon
Marigold






Other Foods & Plants, and their associations


Honey





Teas & Brews


Cayenne & Lemon Tea
Cleansing Water
Headache Tea
Honey’d Almond Milk
Infused Honeys
Love Cider
Mental Wellness Tea
Mint & Pomegranate Tea
Moon Tea
Protection Tea
Psychic Tea
Sleep Tea
Strength-Ade
Upset Stomach Tea
Upset Stomach Tea 2
Wedding Tea



Elements

Air
Fire
Earth
Water
Spirit



Sigils

Clear Psychic Sight
Grounding & Returning Sigil
Happy, Healthy, Loved
Prophetic Dreams




Other Spells

Be Gone Dolly
Witches Purse

Symbols Interpretation

ACORN - a very strong and fortunate symbol indicating happiness and contentment; at the top = financial success; at the bottom = good health.
AIRCRAFT - journey; travel.
ALLIGATOR or CROCODILE – beware of false friendship lurking in your professional life. 
ANCHOR - at top = stability, constancy in love or business; at bottom or broken = instability, inconstancy; can also symbolize an unpleasant situation or burden you should sail away from.
ANGEL - good news; protection.
ANT – hard work or busy phase will end productively.
APPLE - life; creative or artistic achievement; abundance. 
ARCH – positive opening or opportunity (look to nearby symbols for added meaning).
ARM – pointing up = new directions; down = you need to motivate yourself; horizontal = help others or receive help from others.
ARROW - up = good direction, yes; down = wrong direction, no; horizontal = no change. Note where pointing.
AXE - you have the power to overcome difficulties.
BABY - new life; possible pregnancy; small worries.
BOUQUET - romantic interest; validation for your work or talents.
BAG - a trap; if open = escape.
BALL - desire to travel.
BALLOON - busy social life; inability to settle down if near handle.
BARREL - abundance in laughter.
BASKET - harvest, abundance; material gain; possibly a new baby.
BAT (the animal) - a productive busy phase.
BAT or CLUB - situation calling for alert caution.
BEACON or LIGHTHOUSE - situation calling for your leadership and/or inspiration.
BEAR - a grouchy and difficult person; strength, courage and endurance; if teddy bear = children or childhood.
BED - sleep on it before establishing a close love or business relationship
BEE - fruitful hard work.
BEETLE - renewal; progress; need for foresight.
BELL - unexpected good news in love or business; call to attention
BICYCLE - individuality; choose your own path.
BIRD - good news or message; standing bird = delay; flying bird = good news; good news coming soon; flock of birds = profound or exciting news; goose= successful financial venture; peacock = pride and display; eagle = power and transcendence; crow/raven = ill omen, warning, time to relax; parrot = beware of idle gossip; chicken/hen = happy homelife and childhood comfort; dove = peace and love; owl = wisdom, knowledge and learning; rooster = a boastful person or wake up and seize the moment; swan = romance or someone graceful and beautiful; vulture = lay low and beware of enemies; swallow = love and new beginnings.
BOAT - worthwhile journey; your ship is coming in.
BONES - situation calling for innerstrength and spiritual fortitude.
BOWL - invitations, money or generosity .
BOOK - if open = an answer to a question; if closed a question to be investigated.
BOTTLE - explosive atmosphere requiring caution; do not overindulge.
BOW - fortunate symbol meaning gift or celebration of achievement. 
BOX - you are about to receive a gift.
BREAD (loaf) - nourishment; care for your health. 
BRIDGE - a life-changing event or person. Look for nearby symbols.
BROOM - new home; new era in your life.
BRUSH - need for improvements and/or beautification.
BUBBLES - floating on surface of tea or coffee means money coming.
BUGS - distractions; fractured concentration; need for relaxed focus
BUSH - an obstacle to new opportunities; branches signify choices.
BUTTERFLY - overdue happiness.
CAKE - a wish fulfilled; celebration.
CAMEL - you will overcome burden and pressure to reach oasis.
CANDLE -there will be light upon an uncertain path; help from friends.
CAR - if clear = travel; if broken = mechanical trouble.
CARPETS - true friends and happy social engagements. 
CASTLE - expand your horizons; open up a little.
CAT - deceit; an untrustworthy friend. 
CHAIN - if well-formed = fortunate undertaking or serious commitment; if broken = trouble, disruption.
CHAIR - a guest or new addition to the family.
CASTLE - expand your horizons
CHILD - new idea; family. 
CIGAR - a new friend or business relationship.
CIRCLE - unbroken = success, completion; broken (like letter ‘c’)= a temporary offer will come, tentative offers without fruition.
CLOCK - warning against procrastination.
CLOUDS - small and fluffy = happy optimism; thick and dark = gloom; sadness.
CLOVER (four leaf)– good luck that you have worked hard to attain.
COFFEE POT or TEA POT - a special visitor is coming, probably not romantic.
COIN - a lump sum of money is coming your way.
COMB - improve your self appearance.
COMET - brink of pivotal change or dramatic event in your life.
COW - abundance; prosperity; physical or creative fertility.
CRAB - admonition to be more direct or someone born under the zodiac sign Cancer.
CROSS - if like a ’T’ = hard won success and happiness; if like a solid 'X’ = warning (look for meaning with nearby symbols); if like a broken 'X’ = obstacles and losses are ahead.
CROWN - honor and recognition for your talents.
CUP - be patient, this is not a time to assert yourself.
CUSHIONS or PILLOWS - comfort; admonition against laziness and procrastination.
DAGGER - caution against sharp words or revealing personal information
DAISY - new love.
DASHES or DOTS - many short trips which may cause wasted time.
DEER - a shy, timid person; you should be more assertive to overcome shyness.
DIAMOND - gift or other surprise windfall coming you way.
DICE - destiny and change, go with the flow.
DISH - interpret as a circle unless containing food; contains food = domestic comfort. 
DOG - good friend; if at bottom friend needs help; if barking, untrustworthy friend; or, someone born in Chinese Zodiac dog year.
DONKEY - stubborness and stamina.
DOOR - be aware of opportunities.
DRAGON - scheming or flashy person; or, someone born in Chinese Zodiac dragon year.
DROPS - tears or sadness.
DRUM - a change; a call to action.
DUCK - devoted mate; money.
EAR - you will benefit from something you hear.
EGG - if whole = new life, successful new beginning; if cracked/broken = failed plans or financial problems which can be overcome by action.
ELEPHANT - be patient, you will be supported with kindness.
ENVELOPE - you will receive a long awaited letter or important paperwork.
EXCLAMATION MARK - pay attention; beware of impulsive actions.
EYE - a protective symbol; insight into a long standing problem.
FACE - look for nearby initials for identity of face; if near the rim or handle it is a warning against too much introspection; if facing another symbol indicates importance of that symbol.
FAN - a flirtation.
FEATHER - need for concentration.
FENCE - temporary and self-imposed limitations.
FINGER - emphasizes whatever symbol it is pointing; up = caution; down = stop.
FIRE - passion; hot emotion; sexual desire.
FISH - sharing of knowledge; a teacher; a person born under the Zodiac sign of Pisces (especially if there are two fish).
FLAG - danger, look to nearby symbols for added meaning.
FLEUR DE LYS or LILY - femininity; a loving woman.
FLOWER - praise and compliments are coming your way.
FLY - an annoying person.
FOOT - movement in love, career or location.
FORK - get advice from trusted friends before deciding.
FORKED LINE - a decision to be made.
FOUNTAIN - overflowing happiness.
FOX - a cunning person may be trying to trick you.
FRUIT - prosperity, fertility.
FROG - fertility; abundance; a disguised handsome/beautiful lover.
GATE - be aware of opportunities around you.
GLASS - celebrations, parties, social events.
GLOBE - long distance travel.
GOAT - your persistence will pay off, but take some time to recreate; or, a person born under the sign of Capricorn.
GRAPES - abundance and epicurean enjoyment.
GRASSHOPPER - summer delights.
GUN - danger; a bully.
HAMMER - an attempted persuasion.
HAND - if open = karma or destiny; if closed means an argument; look for added meaning where the hand is pointing.
HARE - unlike the shorter eared rabbit, the long eared hare represents something important brewing in your destiny in love or travel.
HARP - love; romance.
HAT - you will experience a change in roles; or business success. 
HEART - love, friendship, romance.
HILLS - small challenges which will leave you improved.
HORSE - if galloping means good news; if just the head means a lover
HORSESHOE - good luck; very positive especially for travel.
HOURGLASS - a warning to be punctual.
HOUSE - comfort and home.
ICEBERG - danger.
INSECT - distractions; fractured concentration; need for relaxed focus
IVY - this is not a good time to be too independent; trust friends to help you. 
JEWELS - material success; you will receive a valuable gift.
KANGAROO - travel; a journey.
KETTLE - a special visitor is coming, probably not romantic.
KITE - your wish will be granted.
KNIFE - caution against sharp words or revealing personal information.
LADDER - promotion; an improvement in your business life.
LAMP - at the top means a feast; at the side means secrets revealed; at the bottom
means postponement
LEAF - the turning over of a new leaf; inevitable changes with the passage of time.
LETTER - you will receive a long awaited letter or important paperwork.
LIGHTENING - startling events; sudden insights.
LINES - journey on a road; if straight = progress; if wavy = uncertain path; if many = many short trips.
LION - male lion represents a powerful contact or important man; the lioness represents a strong family; or, may represent a person born under the zodiac sign of Leo.
LOCK - there are obstacles in your way.
LOOP - if well-formed = fortunate undertaking or serious commitment; if broken = trouble, disruption.
MAN - a visitor of either gender; if near handle = someone close to you.
MASK - a secret to be kept.
MOUNTAIN - a difficult, but possible, goal.
MOUSE - be cautious of credit deals.
MUSHROOM - rapid growth, success or fertility.
NAIL - an unfair assault.
NECKLACE - complete = personal relationship stability; broken = instability in a personal relationship.
NEEDLE - painful repair.
OAK - long life characterized by good health.
OCTOPUS - warning. 
OYSTER - passion and desire. 
PALM TREE - wealth; beach vacation.
PARASOL - protection from harm or loss.
PIG - a greedy or jealous person.
PISTOL - warning of danger.
PURSE - money.
QUESTION MARK - reconsider your plans; be aware of an important question you should ask yourself.
RABBIT - fertility in family or business; someone born in the Chinese Zodiac year of the rabbit.
RAINBOW - your wish will come true; similar to an arch, it links represents the path between today and your destiny.
RAKE - you are at a crossroad and your destiny is determined by hard work. 
RECTANGLE or SQUARE - you will face a challenge or difficulty (look to nearby symbols, especially symbols within the shape, for added meaning.
RING - represents marriage but usually interpreted as a circle; unbroken = success, completion; broken (like letter 'c’)= a temporary offer will come, tentative offers without fruition.
ROSE - new romance; deepening of love.
RUG - go with your instincts in distinguishing from a rectangle or square; represents joyful social events and true friendship.
SAW - something should be removed.
SCALE - a legal matter; if balanced = justice will prevail; if unbalanced = unjust result; a person born under the zodiac sign of Libra.
SCISSORS - it may be time to remove yourself from a situation or relationship.
SHEEP - a calm and peaceful person; an admonition to control impulses.
SHELL - you will find a simple treasure. 
SHIP - worthwhile journey; your ship is coming in.
SHOE - you are on the correct path; be wary of advice to change.
SNAKE - someone who does not deserve your trust.
SPIDER - a small reward or win.
SPIDER WEB - potent symbol of fate; beware of traps.
SPOON - you will be comforted by someone’s generosity.
STAR - success, recognition and praise.
STAIR - your position will improve.
SUN - a new beginning.
SWORD - caution against sharp words or revealing personal information.
TABLE - a happy social interlude.
TENT - travel may help you foster your spiritual health.
THIMBLE - focus on fostering your home life.
TORNADO or WHIRLWIND - prepare for turbulent weather.
TORTOISE or TURTLE - lasting success through slow, determined and patient efforts. 
TOWER - risk of disappointment.
TREE - alone = family, roots, heritage; leafless = family conflict; many leaves = family contentment; group of trees = family unity; evergreen = enduring relationships; palm = wealth or beach vacation.
TRIANGLE - you are involved in a three way relationship; if wedge shaped = one person is getting in the way of your relationship with the other person. 
UMBRELLA - protection from harm or loss.
URN - be aware of the distinction between material and spiritual success.
VASE - a secret being kept from you; be aware of the distinction between material and spiritual success.
VIOLIN - allow your feelings to surface.
VOLCANO - there is an obstruction in your life that must be dealt with before it explodes.
WAGON - childhood; simple pleasures.
WASP - danger of small harm.
WATERFALL - wealth and prosperity.
WHEEL - events outside your control will change the direction of your life. 
WINGS - do not box yourself in or limit yourself unnecessarily.
WOLF - you will be challenged or betrayed by someone.
YOKE - domination or control you should not allow.
ZEBRA - be more flexible and adventurous in your travel plans.

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Dragons Fire Tea

a Spicy warming tea, to fuel your inner dragon fire. 

Materials Needed:

  • 3-7 whole Cloves
  • 2 orange slices
  • 2 cinnamon sticks broken
  • Fresh grated Ginger
  • 4 tsp brown sugar or Honey

Boil water and steep for 10 minutes the  strain. i usually make this in a large mason jar. you can decrease the ingredients if your using a smaller cup or mug  

-By HoneyCoyote-

Herbs for Magical Teas

Alfalfa Leaf: home protection; money draw; prosperity; security.

Bergamot: money draw; success.

Black Cohosh: relaxation; turn worries aside.


Boneset: call upon devas; divination; protection; ward negativity.


Burdock Root: protection; purification; ward negativity.

Chamomile: calmness; meditation; prosperity; purification.


Chickweed: Crone wisdom; divination; honesty; love; trust.


Comfrey: health; money draw; safety.


Damiana Leaf: attraction; divination; love.


Dandelion Root: divination; Fairies; good luck; honor/invoke devas; psychic Power.


Echinacea: body’s self-defense; empowerment; invoke healing devas.

Elder Flower: Fairie blessing; honor/invoke the Goddess; healing; prosperity; rest.


Eyebright: mental sharpness; psychic awareness.


Fennel healing: honor/invoke Horned God; protection; purification.


Fenugreek Seed: attract money; skill in verbal communication.

Feverfew: health; protection; purification; ward sickness.


Goldenseal: healing; honor/invoke the God; joy; prosperity; success.


Hops: comfort; good health; relaxation; well-being.


Hyssop: purification; ward negativity.

Irish Moss: invoke Fairies; luck; money draw; protection.


Lemon Balm: health: love: success.


Linden (Tila): love; luck; Otherworld; Protection; rest.
Mint: Devas; money; protection; prosperity.


Mugwort: Hecate; divination; inspiration.


Mullein: between the worlds travel; courage; divination; health; protection.


Nettle: healing; love; protection; ward negativity.


Orange Peel: divination; love; luck.


Parsley: purification ; protection.


Raspberry Leaf: Fairie blessings; health; love; protection.


Rose Hips: divination; love; protection; psychic healing.


Rosemary: blessing; consecration; Elves; protection; ward negativity.


Skullcap: healing (esp. headaches); hidden knowledge; Lord of Shadows; protection; wisdom.


Slippery Elm Bark: clear communications; persuasive speech; protection from envy, gossip, and slander.


Uva Ursa: divination; honor/invoke Artemis; purification; psychic awareness.


Valerian Root: Crone magics; love; protection; purification; rest; sleep.


White Oak Bark: fertility;honor/invoke the Green Man; health; protection.


Wild Cherry Bark: creativity; divination; love.


Willow Bark: health: mental acuity; reduce headache pain.

A Guide to Common Herbal Teas

Anise
- Botanical name: Pimpinella anisum
- Plant description: grows to 2 ft. Gray/brown feather-like leaves. Yellow/white flowers.
- Tea description: Sweet, spicy, licorice flavor from leaves. Good for coughs. Seeds in milk as sleeping aid.

Balm or Lemon Balm
- Botanical name: Melissa officinalis
- Plant description: grows to 4 ft. Heart-shaped, yellowish green leaves 1-3 inches long. Bluish white or yellow flowers.
- Tea description: Lemon-citrus flavor. Excellent mixed with other teas. Helps to reduce fevers.

Bee Balm/Bergamot/Oswego Tea
- Botanical name: Monarda didyma
- Plant description: grows to 30 inches. Dark green leaves 4-6 inches long. Fuzzy red flowers.
- Tea description: Aromatic, minty taste.

Borage
- Botanical name: Borago officialis
- Plant description: grows to 2 ft. Leaves with white hairs. Blue star-shaped flowers.
- Tea description: Mild cucumber flavor. Once used as complexion aid. Soothes sore throats. 

Catnip
- Botanical name: Nepeta cataria
- Plant description: grows to 2 ft. Jagged, heart-shaped, gray/green leaves on square stems. 
- Tea description: Very strong flavor from flower tops and leaves. Old-fashioned cough remedy.

Chamomile/German Camomile
- Botanical name: Matricaria chamomilla
- Plant description: Feathery green foliage. Daisy-life blossoms.
- Tea description: Mild, apple-like flavor from flower heads, enhanced by drying.

Dill
- Botanical name: Anethum graveolens
- Plant description: grows to 2-3 ft. Light green, feathery branches. Yellow flower clusters.
- Tea description: Pungent, anise-flavored tea from seeds (boiled).

Fennel
- Botanical name: Foeniculum vulgare
- Plant description: grows to 5 ft. Heavy flower heads, droop unless supported.
- Tea description: Licorice-like flavor from leaves or seeds. 

Goldenrod/Blue Mountain Tea
- Botanical name: Solidago odora
- Plant description: grows to 3 ft. Leaves covered with small dots. Showy clusters of yellow flowers.
- Tea description: Anise flavor from leaves and flowers.

Horehound
- Botanical name: Marrubium vulgare
- Plant description: grows to 2 ft. Wrinkled, hair-covered leaves. Whitish flowers.
- Tea description: Musky flavor from leaves and flower tops. Soothes sore throats.

Hyssop
- Botanical name: Hyssopus officinalis
- Plant description: grows to 3 ft. Blue, pink, or white flowers.
- Tea description: Strong flavor. Sometimes combined with cranberry juice.

Lavender
- Botanical name: Lavandula officinalis
- Plant description: grows to 3 ft. Narrow gray-green leaves 2 inches long.
- Tea description: Delicate, fragrant flavor from flowers and leaves.

Marjoram
- Botanical name: Origanum majorana; Origanum vulgare
- Plant description: grows to 1 ft. White or pink flowers.
- Tea description: Sweet, spicy taste.

Mint/Peppermint/Spearmint
- Botanical name: Mentha viridis; Mentha piperita; Mentha spicata
- Plant description: grows to 1 to 2 ft. White to purple flowers.
- Tea description: Distinctive, clear, fresh flavors. Combine will with other herbs. Digestive aid. 

Nasturtium
- Botanical name: Tropaeolum majus
- Plant description: grows to 12 ft. Saucerlike leaves. Red, orange, or yellow flowers.
- Tea description: Spicy, delicate taste from flowers, seeds, and leaves.

Rose Hips
- Botanical name: Rosa rugosa
- Plant description: grows to 15 ft. Hips red, green, and orange.
- Tea description: Fruity, spicy taste. High in vitamin C.

Rosemary
- Botanical name: Rosemarinus officinalis
- Plant description: grows to 4 ft. Evergreen bush. Glossy green leaves. Tiny, light blue flowers.
- Tea description: Spicy flavor from leaves and flowers.

Rose Petals
- Botanical name: Rosa species
- Plant description: wide range of colors and fragrances
- Tea description: exotic fragrances. Good blended with other teas.

Sage
- Botanical name: Salvia officinalis
- Plant description: grows to 2 ft. Hairy leaves. Blue, purple, or white flowers.
- Tea description: Very oromatic. Soothes sore throats.

Sassafras
- Botanical name: Sassafras albidum
- Plant description: Tree (more shrublike northward). Some leaves mitten-shaped. Pale yellow flowers. Blue fruit.
- Tea description: Flavorful tonic from root bark.

Spicebush
- Botanical name: Lindera benzoin
- Plant description: grows to 12 ft. Yellow flowers. Red berries.
- Tea description: Fragrant, spicy tea from leaves, twigs, and bark.

Strawberry
- Botanical name: Fragaria species
- Plant description: Short, hardy plants. White blossoms. Red fruit.
- Tea description: Fragrant tea from leaves and mashed fruits.

Tansy/Bachelor’s Buttons/Bitter Buttons/Stinking Willie
- Botanical name: Tanacetum vulgare
- Plant description: grows to 2-3 ft. Dark green fern-like foliage. Small yellow disk flowers.
- Tea description: Very strong, slightly bitter taste.

Thyme
- Botanical name: Thymus vulgaris
- Plant description: grows to 10 inches. Gray green leaves. Lavender flowers
- Tea description: Strong, zesty flavor.

Wintergreen/Teaberry/Checkerberry
- Botanical name: Gaultheria procumbens
- Plant description: grows to 4 inches. Tiny pink or white flowers. Red Berries
- Tea description: Clean, clear-tasting tea from leaves and berries. Combines well with other herbs.

Woodruff
- Botanical name: Asperula odorata
- Plant description: grows to 8 inches. Shiny yellow/green leaves in groups of 6-8 around stem.
- Tea description: Sweet vanilla flavor from dried leaves.

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“Wholesome, Hearty Herbal Teas." Mother Earth News.

Spiced Winter Tea

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 5 tea bags of green, black, or ginger tea
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • Honey to taste

Process:

Bring first 3 ingredients to boil in heavy large saucepan over high heat. Remove from heat. Add tea bags. Cover and let steep 10 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add orange and lemon juices to tea mixture. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-warm before continuing.) Using slotted spoon, remove whole spices. Serve hot.

Makes 6 servings.