A medicinal infusion (tea) is made with more delicate parts of plants, such as the flowers, leaves, some seeds and berries. This Berry-Good Tea has a soothing aroma and a gentle sweetness. Fill your heart up with nourishing antioxidants by enjoying 1/2 – 2 cups / day. Support and care for your heart.
I was given this recipe from my dedicated Naturopathic Doctor at UB Clinics. Earlier that week I attended a Shamanic Sound Healing; then when I arrived back home, I felt and released deep pain in my heart. This stemmed from the loss of my older brother, 10 years ago. I mourned and cried like it had just happened. MahaKundalini (cosmic prana) was awakened when my body spontaneously moved through heart-opening yoga poses. I was starving to fill my entire body with breath! This deep emotional – spiritual wound was rising (again) to the surface. I had to honor this.. what it felt like to lose physical connection with my brother. Now, I know more than ever, that his spirit lives through me and I am blessed to have found the light in the darkness.
When preparing the beautiful ingredients for this tea, I would set an intention for the energy that went into making it. This could be any word/thought/emotion. A lot of times I would also make up my own mantra and just sing as I thoughtfully stirred the herbs ~ “I am love, you are love.” I would be craving this tea by the time it was ready. Every cup I drank I could feel self-love & calmness pouring into me. Each sip I felt a deeper connection to my body. Being able to give my body what it needs in the least harmful way. That is the brilliance of plant medicine. This lovely tea was a stepping stone in my healing process. Forever, I am grateful to my doctor and all those who have helped me on this healing journey. Whether you’ve suffered great loss or not – we all need lots of nourishment in our hearts!
I made this tea in bulk because I was recommended to drink 1-2cups / day. So, I boiled 12 cups of water then added 1 cup + 2 tbsp of the combined berries & rosehips. This gave me about 8 cups of tea after steeping and straining. Try it, you will love it!
» 2 parts dried elderberry
» 2 parts dried rose hip
» 1 part dried blueberry
» 1 part hawthorne berry
(lemon slice, local honey are optional.)
- Gently combine all dried berries & rose hips.
- Bring a pot of water to boil.
- Turn off burner and pour in dry ingredients.
- Let steep 30-45 min.The length of steeping time & amount of ingredients used will affect the strength of the tea.
- Strain and drink. You can enjoy this tea warm or iced. Store leftover tea in a large glass jar kept in the refrigerator.
To learn more about medicinal plant infusions check out the book Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow and Use by Rosemary Gladstar.