Locally Foraged Cedar Tea
Flat cedar is sacred among Canadian indigenous cultures and is often used in ceremonies and times of prayer. It is known to improve respiratory organs, alleviate bronchitis and pneumonia, and has an anti-inflammatory effect, as well as increasing circulation. The aroma is said to fill the spirit with a sensation of stability and safety.
Needed now more than ever, it is conducive to reflection. It is believed that the smoke of the cedar carries prayers to the creator. Because of all these medicinal qualities and the fact that it is high in Vitamin C, it's known as "The Tree of Life" in Six Nations medicine.
4 cups of water
2-3 palm-size cedar
1 tbsp of maple syrup
Place water in a pot along with cedar and bring to a boil for 7-10 min.
Let steep until it is an amber colour.
Pour off any oily substance and then strain into mug.
Add 1 tbsp of freshly harvested maple syrup.
Add a quick squeeze of fresh lemon.
Remember: consuming too much of anything is not a good idea.
It is recommended to drink only 2-3 cups per week.
Harvest responsibly, as nature also requires medicine.
*This is not at all medical advice. Meant for entertainment purposes only.*
- Chef Becky
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