Herbal Tea

I love to pick my own herbal tea and by that, I mean from fields and gardens. Every year I promise myself to collect even more (in amount and also in variety). I have several herbal tea books that are a good guide if there is an illness in our house. Like now! My herbal tea collection will end soon […]

Herbal Tea

Our plan for today was town festival, but we had to cancel it. Nelle is ill and we won’t go without her! We like to be together when going out. Instead of the town festival, I went to woods to collect birch leaves. Why in woods, not in bushes?! It’s so summery, dry and dusty! Dust isn’t good in your […]

Coltsfoot – Finally!

Nelle is better, so she was in kindergarten for half day and then in art school.  She was home at 2:30pm. Nelle: “What about coltsfoot?!” Me: “Hmmm, last time we checked they were starting to open, so today (a week later) they should be in full bloom. Let’s go and see?!” Nelle wanted my cardigan and scarf to be sure she […]

Jasmine tea

I remember my first time drinking green tea with jasmine. It was terrible and I needed some time to try it again but after that, I was completely in love with jasmine. I don’t know if jasmine that grows here in Latvia has all those benefits that Chines jasmine does but this is the only tea I’m using for flavor, not […]

Sweet sweet meadow / Meadowsweet

Filipendula Ulmaria or Meadowsweet is an aromatic plant high in essential oils. This gives it a strong and pleasant scent. I’m collecting this plant only for few years to use it in an everyday herbal tea blend. Uses of Meadowsweet For Colds and Fevers Meadowsweet tea, when taken hot, is a relaxing diaphoretic. It promotes circulation and opens the pores to let […]

Yarrow tea

We were on the bike ride and found a field full of Yarrow. The good old Yarrow! It’s been used in our family as a cold treat for ages. I remember how my grandmother collected it in the nearest fields and picked every single flower cause there wasn’t plenty!Since we moved from city to countryside I dreamed about collecting Yarrow […]

Rosebay willowherb (FireWeed) or Ivan Chai

A weed, that isn’t just a weed!  Rosebay willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) is a healthy tea that is known for a century – Ivan Chai. Ivan Chai – a fermented herbal tea made from wild willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium). Fermented willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium) tea was a traditional Russian hot beverage for hundreds of years before it was nearly universally replaced by Indian and Chinese black and green […]

Foraging for Tea: Cowslip

Primula veris I love to forage for tea! When I was little we did it together with my grandmother – Agafija. I thought it was hard work. The basket was too big and flowers were too small or not enough. Yesterday I did it with my girls and their grandma (my mom) and suddenly I saw myself 30 years ago […]

Coltsfoot is blooming

A few weeks ago we went for a longer walk with all our girls (Nelle, Linna, and Helmī Saule). It’s not easy for us to went for a longer walk. Nelle doesn’t like walking, she likes to go with a balance bike. Also, if Nelle has a balance bike, Linna wants it too. But she is slower with the balance […]