Friday, July 5, 2013

Gathering Tea

As far back as I can remember a big part of summer always included gathering tea. Everything from a variety of mints to a little flower we used to simply call "sore throat tea." I used to enjoy roaming the yard to gather those little purple flower heads. They never had a chance to get very big since we mowed every week.

Yesterday when I went to the mailbox I noticed a patch of it growing in our front yard. I'm thinking Rosebud and Sunbeam will enjoy gathering and drying it just as much as I used to.


  1. The book Plain Buggies arrived today. I love it! I've read the Ralph Moody series of books and have not known exactly what he was talking about when describing hitching up horses and such. This book has an awesome picture with labels of all the parts. Thanks so much, it's a wonderful addition to my library. Plus I admire and try to learn from the Amish and other plain people.

  2. Its nice to be able to carry on the tradition with your girls-

    I am wondering what the plant is I have not seen it before

  3. Do you know the name of these flowers?

  4. I think you should do a tutorial on this! I would love to try it, but have never gone about doing anything like that before.

  5. Mary Ann, I really enjoyed this post it's very interesting to me as I use herbs whenever possible instead of drugs from some laboratory. Thank you for posting the picture.

    I've been trying to find out what the sore throat tea is called. Looking in my North American Wildlife book there is a mint called self heal/heal-all that I think may be your plant. It looks a lot like it, and there is a bit of a write up about it being used historically for healing the mouth and throat. Here's the link to an ad by an herbal company touting it as a remedy for nearly everything. There's a great up close picture so you can take a look at it.

  6. We went through a spell where we didn't make tea for a long time and now we're back to making it again. Scott's been cutting up a peach to put in it and some mint leaves that we're growing out back (yes, we actually grow something! HAHA). It's so nice to have in the afternoon. Making your own sounds like fun - you'll have to keep us "posted" on that. :)


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