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Old 08-13-2007, 07:59 AM   #51
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does anyone here make there own "from scratch" iced tea? I occasionally will pick some wild comfrey, or wild wintergreen leaves from the forest, and steep it in hot water for a while (until it is strong enough), and add just a touch of honey to the finished tea. This makes such a tasty tea when you're camping, or on a cold fall day.

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Old 08-13-2007, 10:39 AM   #52
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LOL, Goodweed! With my luck and lack of knowledge of "wild" plants, I'd likely make myself nice cup of honeyed poison.
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My grandmother used to make a tea from Rat’s Vein. She said it helped with a cold or cough. We didn’t drink it often, but if you ever got a cold, she’d whip up a cup and add a little honey to it.
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Old 08-14-2007, 07:01 AM   #54
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My grandmother used to make a tea from Rat’s Vein. She said it helped with a cold or cough. We didn’t drink it often, but if you ever got a cold, she’d whip up a cup and add a little honey to it.
Your info is one of the reasons I picked my online name. There is no such thing as a bad weed, simply plants whose useful properties aren't known to most people. Had I saw a plant that looked like the one in the link growing in my garden, I would have thought it a weed. Thanks for the info.

And boy, does my lawn ever have a lot of unkown good-weeds in it right now.

Take the humble dandelion, that nearly everyone hates. I just don't see why it couldn't become a cash crop. I mean, the leaves are great in salads, the sap is latex rubber, and the blossoms can be made into dandelion wine (for those who imbibe). You don't even have to plant it. It'll come up all by itself, and is highly resistant to draught. What more could you ask for from a plant?

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Great points, Goodweed!

The addition of lemon verbena is nice in jugs of sun tea. Echinacea makes a fair tea as well especially paired with something like green tea. Helps keep your immune system pumped up.
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I, too, had the sugar shock of sweet tea when I first visited the south. When I lived in Florida, a friend of mine visited from Colorado and she just about went into shock when she tasted the tea (I wasn't with her at the time, or I'd have warned her that ice tea in the south is just a little shy of pancake syrup).

I do occaisionally make tea from my herb garden. When we had colds, Mom used to make us ginger tea from powdered ginger, honey and sometimes milk (I never liked milk, period, but a couple of my sisters do). Really head-clearning, chest-opening, strong stuff. I still make it for my husband (or me for that matter) when we have colds
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