Botanical Name: Epilobium angustifolium
- English: Adelfilla, Blood Vine, Blooming Sally
- Also, Known As: Bouquet Rouge, Chamaenerion angustifolium, Chamerion angustifolium, Chanerol, Épilobe, Épilobe en Épi, Épilobe à Feuilles Étroites, Epilobio, Epilobium angustifolium, Epilobium spicatum, Flowering Willow, French Willow, Great Willow Herb, Great Willowherb, Herbe de San Antonio, Laurier de San Antonio, Persian Willow, Purple Rocket, Rose Bay Willow, Rosebay Willow, Tame Withy, Wickup, Wicopy, Willow Herb
Part used: Whole plant
Fireweed, also called willowherb in some places, is a wide-ranging plant: it grows circumglobally and from latitudes of 25-70 degrees North and up to 15,000 feet high in the Himalayas. This adaptable plant is especially easy to recognize if you’ve gotten used to the distant view of a field of lupines—you’ll notice a patch of flower spikes, similar in overall shape to lupines, but with a particular penchant for pink rather than the spectrum of purples, pinks, whites, and sometimes reds that lupines offer. Up close, however, the flowers themselves are very different: where lupines sport the traditional “banner, wings, and keel” petal layout diagnostic of its pea family brethren, fireweed flowers sport a collection of four symmetrical petals in its flowerheads, revealing its kinship with the evening primrose. Fireweed emerges quickly in areas recently cleared by a machine or scorched with fire, thus giving this plant its name. It also begins to flower right around the 4th of July in Downeast Maine, giving a silent blast of colorful exuberance in celebration of its wild independence!
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup of 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 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 tray 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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