Winter Wanderings Tea

This is a fine little tea recipe for crisp Autumn mornings or chilly Winter evenings. It’s simple and delicious, as the best things in life are.

1 Tsp dried Blueberries
1 Tbs dried Elderberries
5 dried Wintergreen leaves
1 1/2 Cups just boiled water

Pour water over plants, cover and let steep for five or so minutes. Strain, or drink with a bombilla. A teaspoon of honey is a lovely addition.


  1. angie
    Sep 30, 2007

    Yum! one more thing to use my elderberries for!

  2. lori paup
    Jun 30, 2009

    Do you mean the wintergreen from the teaberry?

  3. Kiva Rose
    Jun 30, 2009

    Yes, Gaultheria… or Yellow/Black Birch bark/twigs for a similar flavor.

  4. lori paup
    Jul 1, 2009

    Would this be safe to drink on a regular basis, or safe for my daughter to drink? I am reading up on teaberry (gaultheria) We chewed on the leaves as kids and now I am reading about their toxicity and some sites say it is fine to use that it is just the oil that is toxic. I am glad I found this on your site and obviously you have used it, I was just wondering what your opinion was about how often and if a child should drink it? Oh and are the leaves easy to dry?

  5. Kiva Rose
    Jul 1, 2009

    As a mild beverage tea, it’s always been fine for myself and my family.. my daughter certainly drank enough of it as a toddler. I wouldn’t use it as a strong infusion (unless using it medicinally) or take lots of the tincture but a mildly flavored tea should be fine. When it comes down to it, almost all essential oils are fairly toxic to the body in a concentrated dose (with the possible exception of rose and a few others) but are much safer when taken as a whole plant.

    The leaves are super easy to dry, but they lose their flavor fairly quickly.

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