As I was beginning to plan a medicinal garden, my mind wondered off to what possible berry bush and fruit tree leaves I might be able to use in infusions or teas as they are called but really aren’t since there are no tea leaves in them? The number surprised me. Every couple years I place an order from Celestial Seasoning as I feel better when I drink them since they are another source of natural vitamins and minerals. But I’ve a hankering to create infusions of my own from what I can grow in my own yard. So exactly what leaves can I use?
The number surprised me?
Blackberry leaves (I’m putting in a few canes this year)
Black Currant leaves
Honeyberry leaves (They are 5 to 10 times more nutritious than the berries they say)
Sour Cherry leaves (in moderation)
And of course the rose leaves from the future rose bushes I will plant.
But why stop there?
I have a friend who has a lot of wild plum trees growing well, wild. It is one thing I might be able to forage for as Wild Plum leaves are also used in teas.
We also have hawthorn growing wild but I intend to grow one in my yard at some point too. The berries and leaves can also be used medicinally and in a tea.
The wondrous things these leaves will do for me I’m going to have to do more research on. Most speak of helping the stomach and that is something I’m quite interested in as I don’t think mine works optimally. Well, I’m sure it doesn’t. But most of all, I’d just like to think that part of the teas or rather infusions I drink at night come to me from my own back yard. I hear a mixture of apple, strawberry, and blackberry leaves are delicious. If that is good, then what if I added some dried berries in as well? Wouldn’t that be super delish then? Other leaves like gooseberry, which I hear is a bit bitter, may be camouflaged by chamomile or something else pleasant and used medicinally only. But knowing it is there if I need it gives me peace of mind.
So are you using your berry bushes and fruit trees to their full potential? I know I’m not but I intend to doing some experimentation but right now I’m watching the snow fly. We are forecast to get from 5 to 10 inches. Winter is not anxious to leave.