Jun 122008
 

Cold Peach leaf tea is where it’s at folks, and it may be the best SW summer beverage I’ve met! It’s yummy and mild, great with honey, calming and moistening. Even most little kids really like the taste, and it’s easy to jazz it up with some Wild Rose petals or River Mint (M. arvensis) or some Wild Chamomile. It’s really truly a great base for many tea blends and SO easy to gather and dry. And on chilly mountain mornings, it makes an elegant pair with fresh Ginger for a more warming treat.

Infusion-wise, I prefer a cold preparation. But for a beverage tea, I just put a large pinch of crushed dried Peach leaves into a mug, cover with hot water and let steep for a few minutes. It’s a sweet, aromatic flavor with the barest hint of astringency. Adding a spoonful of Wild Rose honey is just divine.

Peach has become more and more of an important ally for me over the past year, and it’s one of those herbs I carry around with me all the time, both a tincture bottle and a little packet of dried leaves. I’ve used it on bug bites, in mild to moderate allergic reactions, nausea, morning sickness (and hyperemesis), heartburn, insomnia, anxiety/hysteria, headaches, heart palpitations from anxiety, wounds and gosh, so much more. It’ll usually be most effective in people with red tongues or red-tipped (and often totally uncoated) tongues, with symptoms of overheatedness, irritation and obsessiveness. I use it for my own fits of moody, overwhelming PMS with quite good results, combined with Cherry if I’m having anxiety attacks along with the PMS.

And really, I love how the whole Rose family works together (you wouldn’t necessarily expect it from such a fiercely individualistic bunch) and I often use Wild Rose and Peach together as a pair. Some herbalists may feel this lacks specificity, but I am of the opinion that certain herbs really partner well with each other and increase the power of both. I always get to know the plants one at a time, but sometimes a combo just can’t be beat. People are like this too, sometimes better understood as individuals but more effective as a unit.

For some people, Peach will instigate a ~very~ calming effect, sometimes verging on sleepy. It does seem to greatly depend on the person and what they need. For myself, I sometimes get incredibly sleepy, and sometimes not at all. Go figure. I reckon the plants are often far wiser than I though, so I generally try to comply with whatever they’re telling me.

I can’t recommend Peach leaf spit poultice highly enough for various red burning/itching bug bites. Quick-acting and remarkably effective in most cases, it’s an all around great treatment and can be combined with Plantain for even broader application. I’ve now wandered a bit from Peach tea, but this is truly a multi-purpose plant that deserves more attention in the bioregions where it flourishes.

Previous posts on Peach include:

http://bearmedicineherbals.com/?p=308

http://bearmedicineherbals.com/?p=247 

Resources:
The Earthwise Herbal vol 1 by Matthew Wood
Lectures by Phyllis Light
Mountain Medicine by Darryl Patton
Physiomedical Dispensatory by William Cook

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Peach flower picture from Wikipedia 

  8 Responses to “For a Midsummer’s Day: Peach Leaf Tea”

  1. Indeed – there is something unbridled and amazing about the rosaceae family. I have been in love lately with the wild cherry trees – who’s leaves smell like fruity amaretto and inner bark even moreso. The fruits seem to escape me like a magician … but I’ll find them one day. I wonder if peach has some similar expectorant action? Have you noticed it opening your breath?

  2. Well said, Ananda. Yes, Peach has some action on the lungs but its emphasis seems to be on the digestive/repro/kidneys (very similar to rose in emphasis but with slightly different energetics) while Cherry’s is on the heart/digestive/lungs. Wild Plum has a nice opening action on the lungs and is a traditional asthma herb as well.

    I have a hard time getting our cherries too, sometimes the bugs and birds get them and sometimes I think there’s just not a very good crop, could be the late frosts we often get too that wipe out the peach and apple crops. When I lived up north, it would rain cherries on me all through the later summer into early fall. cherry juice on absolutely everything LOL.

  3. ooh, i’m going to have to beg someone for more peach leaves.I gathered up a few before i left colorado…and i know there are peach pick your own orchards around here, but..mmmmmm…
    peachy tea! yum!

  4. Here in the UK I don’t have access to peace trees but so want to try this. However as an essence producer I thought you might be interested that Gurudas always added Peach to his remedy mixtures as it strengthens any remedy and speeds up the healing process by 50%. He believed Peach enhanced greatly the vibrational properties of any natural remedies.

    I use Self Heal in this way.

    Green Blessings y’all.

  5. [...] Peach (Prunus persica) – Cool, moist – Bark, leaf, flower – Sweet, sour, bitter [...]

  6. I have heard so many great things about peach leaf tea, and yet cannot find any source for it. I live in the northeast, and peach trees don’t abound (unless privately owned and sprayed heavily).
    Can anyone share a source to buy peach leaf?

    Many thanks, and Happy Solstice!
    Laura

  7. As far as I know, there are no commercial sources of Peach leaf for tea. You can buy the tincture from various herbalists (jim at herbcraft.org for one) but you’ll likely have to trade or buy from an someone you know in a peach rich area or find an organic orchard.

    You can also grow your own, even young ones produce lots of leaves usually, and they’re fairly easy to grow.

    You can also make a tasty tea with dried cherry bark, stems, and flowers that has a somewhat similar flavor though it’s medicine is a little different and stronger in some ways.

  8. Peach trees do definitely grow in the Northeast! I have two that produce in my yard in central Maine. I harvested and dried some leaves for the first time and look forward to getting to know its medicine. For all you peach lovers out there – I work at Fedco Trees (in Clinton ME). We are a cooperative seed, tree, organic growers supply, etc. business. We ship trees every spring all over the country, and also have many varieties of all sorts of trees and shrubs that are cold hardy for Northern climates – and LOTS of peach varieties!! Our prices are reasonable and it’s a great group to support! http://www.fedcoseeds.com :)

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