Botanical Name: Fumaria officinalis
- English: Beggary, Earth Smoke
- Also, known as: Fleur de Terre, Fumaria, Fumaria officinalis, Fumée de Terre, Fumeterre, Fumeterre Officinale, Fumiterry, Fumus, Hedge Fumitory, Herba Fumariae, Herbe à la Jaunisse, Herbe à la Veuve, Vapor, Wax Dolls.
Parts Used: Aerial part
The hollow, angular stem is light green or greenish-brown. The leaves are alternate, bipinnatisect with 2 or 3 leaf segments, the ultimate lobes lanceolate to obovate, they are greenish-blue and glabrous on both surfaces. The flowers are small and occur in loose racemes, each has a short pedicel and is subtended by a leafy bract, they are pink to purplish-red, dark purple to brown at the apex, the calyx is short, composed of 2 petalloid sepals and the corolla is tubular with 4 petals, the upper petal slightly spurred, there are 6 stamens united by their filaments into 2 groups of 3. The greenish-brown, indehiscent fruits are globular or keel-shaped, truncated or slightly emarginate at the apex, and each contains a small brown seed.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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