Botanical Name: Fragariae folium
- English: Strawberry Leaves
- Also, known as: Erdbeere, Fraisier, Fresca, Fragola, Alpine Strawberry, Fragaria collina, Fragaria insularis, Fragaria vesca, Fragaria virginiana, Fragaria viridis, Fragariae Folium, Fraise, Fraise Alpine, Fraise de Virginie, Fraise des Bois, Fraise des Bois Alpine Blanche, Fraise des Montagnes, Faise Sauvage, Fraisier, Fraisier Craquelin, Fraisier des Collines, Fraisier Vert, Fresa, Mountain Strawberry, Potentilla vesca, Potentilla virginiana, Potentilla viridis, Strawberries, Virginian Strawberry, Wild Strawberry, Wood Strawberry
Parts Used: Leaves
The Wild Strawberry, a delicate, thin-leaved plant, with small, scarlet berries, cone shaped and studded with tiny, brown ‘seeds,’ has a fragrance and flavor more delicate even than the cultivated Strawberry. It chooses a slightly sheltered position, and, being very small, considerable labor goes to the collection of its fruit, which is much more used and appreciated in France than in Great Britain. A tea made from the leaves was used by Native Americans.
The common idea that the word Strawberry is derived from the habit of placing straw under the cultivated plants when the berries are ripening is quite erroneous. The name is older than this custom and preserves the obsolete preterit ‘straw’ of the verb ‘to strew,’ referring to the tangle of vines with which the Strawberry covers the ground.
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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