Michael Cox wrote:On a bushcraft and foraging course I did a few years ago we made a pine needle tea (I didn't enjoy it!).
The instructors recounted the story of one participant who, after trying pine needle tea decided to make some for himself at a later date. I he misidentified the tree and made a cup of yew leaf tea. Yew is highly poisonous - active compounds in the leaves rapidly stop the hearts of mammals, and the leaves are harvested by pharmaceutical companies for making heart medication. This chap gave himself permanent heart damage and spent a week in hospital.
Make sure you positively ID anything you consume!
If you don't know the difference between pine and yew after a foraging course ... it wasn't a good course!
"Also, just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them" (Luke 6:31)
This is Colorado in early fall, so some of these plants aren't common on the prairie. But I found something just as nice.
Moonshine Yarrow and some common Milkweed. It looks like a Datura, and is a distant relative.
Here they are with the aromatics remove from the stalk, seeds removed from the pods, since it's mostly fluff to help the seeds spread.
The usual suspects. Distilled water and a nice, heavily used kettle.
And here they are steeping in the pot. I've got a cup in hand right now.
So, I added some sugar and a bit of apple cider vinegar. Milkweed is somewhat toxic, so I added a small amount of the seeds. Milkweed, like most datura relatives, can interfere with heart function in high doses. This takes the form of lower blood pressure, and potential arrhythmic heartbeat.
In smaller doses, it does help to calm and regulate the bowels. Supposedly.
Sorry, this one is rejected for to not being a plant from the list and also for not having the required pictures