I have several alpine strawberry plants growing in the yard, and although I very rarely get to actually eat one of the fruits before a critter takes off with them, I still dedicate space to them in the garden. I came very near to ripping them out a few years ago before I tried drying the leaves for tea. The leaf of wild strawberry and alpine strawberry plants are reportedly "good for convalescents and children". We ran out of these tea leaves months ago, so I am going to try to harvest more this year.
This is the alpine strawberry. Note the leaves are shaped differently than the regular strawberry plant pictured below. The fruit is tiny and is said to be good for sunburn, but I have never tried it.
Oh, and the "good for convalescents and children" bit? I add this leaf to the herbal tea blend every time the boys or feeling not quite right. It does add its own (quite tasty) flavour to the blend. I also add it to our iced herbal tea blend when I have enough.
Do you have a favourite herb for your tea blends? I am always looking for new additions.
Linking up with: Wildcraft Wednesday over at Mind Body and Sole
Waste not want not at Poor and Gluten free a new-to-me website that looks quite interesting
From the Farm blog hop #34