As you all know I am really into herbs and the natural healing powers that they contain. A few months ago I was reading a book about Native Americans and they were talking about a tea made from strawberry leaves that the natives used to make. I immediately started researching to find out more about the leaves and what exactly they were good for. The leaves were always dry and I have found a few different uses during those times.
Some tribes would grind the dried leaves and apply them to newborn babies unhealed navels and cuts to fight infections. They can also be added to bath water for aches and pains or used as a mouth and throat gargle. The tea has also been used around the world for several other issues, here is the list I was able to find.
Tea made from the crushed and dried leaves
Bladder Health Maintenance
Digestive Health Maintenance
Liver Health Maintenance
Nerve Health Maintenance
Respiratory Health Maintenance
If you grow strawberries you can pick your own leaves or if you’re like me you can buy them. We actually go through a lot of strawberries so I have an abundance of leaves. You need to make sure the leaves are in perfect shape, then clean and dry them. You can use the leaves fresh from the berry (and cleaned) or dried, which is what I do. DO NOT try to use them in between because during that stage they become dangerous. The chemical decomposition is happening during this time.
To dry the leaves I just make sure they are healthy and clean and then lay out on a towel in a cool and dark place and allow them to dry for at least a week. After they dry they have the sweetest fragrance that they did not have before. I just place them in a plastic container with a lid and store them in my spice cabinet until needed. This tea is also great for pregnant women and just everyone in general.
1 cup boiling water
1/2 teaspoon dried strawberry leaves
Sugar or honey, to taste
1. In a cup, add leaves and boiling water. Allow to steep for at least 10 minutes, drain, then add sugar to taste, drink.
Yields: 1 cup