What’s for Tuesday Tea?
I’ve never been a fan of a cuppa Earl Grey with a splash of milk but since traveling I’ve fallen in love with herbal teas. And since I’m home surrounded by one of the richest and most diverse plant biomes in the world, I can’t help but take full advantage.
I’m starting to explore with making my own teas, foraging, collecting and researching the properties, benefits and folklore surrounding the usage of various plants, leaves, flowers and seeds in teas.
So I thought I’d share what I find and open up a platform for others to learn too, to share their knowledge, advice and suggestions on the perfect brew.
This week I went looking for some Buchu. I didn’t have to look very far, Levi and his mate, the traditional herbalists/ Rastafarians had a sprig if it laid out on their mat outside our favorite Kalk Bay Coffee shop.
“Buchu&Bells” he proclaimed as he answered my question about looking for a good tea.
So here’s more about it.
Latin name: Agathosma Lanceolata
Commonly known as Honey Buchu.
👃🏾: Licorice fragrance when leaves rubbed and crushed between fingers
⚗️: volatile oils; camphor, isomethone, diosphenol. ✳️: acts as a natural diuretic, also described as an aqueretic (Increases blood flow to kidneys, increasing Glomerular Filtration Rate), antiseptic properties also recognized for its carminative and laxative effects
🌝: used + loved by indigenous people of SA as a perfume, “kidney cleaner” and as an antiseptic, many other uses noted and described.
🥣: Used in teas, tinctures (flavoring alcohol typically brandy) soothing ointment, even used sprinkled into your bath water to help ease mechanical back ache and muscle cramps. • • • • • • • 🌿 BELS
Latin name: Osmitopsis Asteriscoides
Commonly known as Belskruie / Swamp daisy in Europe .
👃🏾: Leaves have a strong Camphor smell ⚗️: leaves contain volatile oils rich in Eucalyptol and Camphor.
✳️: used to alleviate coughs and hoarseness. Beneficial in treating catarrh (excessive discharge/build up of mucus in nose/throat associated with inflammation of mucus membranes) Used to treat influenza and fevers. It is also used externally...