By Sara Dahmen
Okay, this is not actually a love potion – those don’t exist, except in your local witch’s grimoire, and even that is touch and go and usually requires a pretty large sacrifice from you if you put the spell to use! However, it is the month of Valentine’s Day after all, so this month we’ll do some self-love with a love potion made from herbs and meant to warm the cockles of your heart as well as your whole body. With this inside you, you’ll be able to barrel through these weeks of Wisconsin winter and beyond!
1 tsp bayberries
1 tsp echinacea
1 tsp nettle
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp elderberries
This makes 4 servings, so after mixing together, spoon ¼ of the mixture into a tea strainer, add hot water, and steep for 10 minutes before discarding and composting the organic matter and drink when cooled to your preference. This tea is a general wellness tonic that can be imbibed cold or hot – you could even make all of it at once and keep it in the fridge for a daily dose.
Fun fact: Bayberry was used by settlers in the USA in the 1700's to combat many general illnesse, but do not use it if you are pregnant!
From my heart to yours,
About the Author
Sara Dahmen is a coppersmith, award-winning author and novelist, and entrepreneur. Her expertise is of vintage and modern cookware; she manufactures pure metal kitchenware in her Fredonia, Wisconsin workshop for her company, House Copper & Cookware. All of her current designs are based on American traditions and wares and are sourced in the USA. When unable to recreate traditional elements, she uses only small family owned and operated makers or Armed Forces veterans to help with the production of her cookware pieces. Her work also includes refurbishing and restoring old and damaged copper using vintage tools. Learn more about Sara at: https://www.saradahmen.com/