I just recognised that these flowers in the gardens were echinacea, so i went down to collect some to make some tea :)
I took off the leaves and flower petals and rinsed them.
I boiled some water, then let it cool for a second before pouring over the echinacea petals.
I decided to add a few more items that I had previously foraged from my garden including roses and violets.
I steeped the tea for 15 minutes
VOILA flower tea :)
Echinacea is good for the immune system, helps keep colds and viruses away , works as an anti inflammatory, it has even been suggested it can improve skin hydration and reduce wrinkles.
This flower is also known to help with mental health problems by reducing anxiety and social phobias along with other health benefits!
The alkaloids in violets have abvasodilating effect causing blood vessels to relax and allowing blood to flow easier, helping to lower blood pressure. They also contain salicylic acid which can act as painkillers and anti- inflammatories which gives comfort to those with arthritis or other joint pains. Violets contain high amounts of beta-carotene and ascorbic acid. A 140 ml serving of violet leaves provides as much vitamin C as 4 oranges.
Roses provide the Vitamins A,B,C,E and K. They can help prevent and reduce wrinkles and relieve menstrual pain along with many other health benefits.