Botanical Name: Veronica officinalis
- Also, known as: Ehrenpreis, Véronique, Veronica,
Parts Used: Herb
The plant is a perennial, of a prostrate habit, with ascending branches, bearing erect, spike-like clusters of blue flowers, the stems 3 to 18 inches long, varying very much in length according to the soil. The leaves are opposite, shortly stalked, generally, about an inch long, oval and attenuated into their foot-stalks, their margins finely toothed. The flowers are in dense, axillary, many-flowered racemes, 1 to 6 inches long, the individual flowers nearly stalkless on the main flower-stalk, their corollas only inch across, pale blue with dark blue stripes and bearing two stamens with a very long style. The capsule is inversely heart-shaped and notched, longer than the oblong, narrow sepals. The plant is of a dull green and is generally slightly hairy, having short hairs, sometimes smooth. The fresh herb is faintly aromatic. After drying, it is inodorous. It has a bitter, warm, and somewhat astringent taste.
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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