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Top Tea to Grow this Month - Echinacea by Cassie Liversidge

Sunday, May 3rd 2015 @ 10:52 PM

Also known as coneflower or purple coneflower, Echinacea has been used as a medicinal plant by Native Americans for hundreds of years. You can use the root, flower and leaves for a tea, believed to help strengthen the immune system to fight against colds and flu.

 

 


This is the perfect time of year to sow Echinacea seeds, which are easy to germinate to provide you with a number of plants. It takes 3 years for a plant to be large enough to lift and divide the root, giving you a portion to use for tea and a portion of root that you can replant to continue to grow. Harvest in the fall when the plant has died right back.  Wash the root and then chop it into small pieces. Dry in an oven at a very low temperature around 212 degrees Fahrenheit.


Roots need a longer time to infuse their flavor into the water so the tisane needs to brew using a decoction method. The root needs to be simmered in a saucepan of water for fifteen minutes. A pinch of chopped up flowers and leaves can also be added to infuse for three minutes once the liquor has been poured into a teacup.

NOTE: Some people are allergic to echinacea so consume with caution and in moderation.

For further information on growing and making echinacea tea see my book Homegrown Tea.

~Cassie Liversidge

 

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CASSIE LIVERSIDGE was born in the UK and studied fine art at Plymouth University. She grew up on her parents’ plant nursery, where her love of gardening began. Her debut book, Pasta Sauce! Grow Your Own Ingredients, came from a desire to share her passion for eating homegrown food and living in a more sustainable way. She lives and works in London with her husband and two sons, but spends time in New York each year. Cassie is author of Homegrown Tea, released March 2014. Visit her website at cassieliversidge.com

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