All we used to drink tea picked on plantations somewhere in distant India. But it appears that most branches sticking out in the middle of winter in the garden, you can create not less magic drink.

How to brew tea from branches

If you are not prepared in the summer of dried herbs for winter use, do not worry. Even in the severe frost something to replace it. Tea drinks in winter can be prepared from the various branches of trees and bushes. However, they sealed much longer than tea from herbs. It is best to prepare this drink boiled thin twigs 10 - 15 minutes, then leave to infuse for the night. Before use, strain the infusion, heat, but do not boil and serve as tea with sugar or honey. For welding can be used and the most unexpected and quite familiar plants. For tea we take young thin twigs, in some plants directly with preserved sheets.

Cherry and plum teas useful for the nerves, and lungs

Tea from twigs with black currant buds refers to classic, it smells like tea of the leaves. Long to boil it is not necessary. This is one of the few branches of teas, which brew usually and drink immediately.
Cherry tea can be drunk immediately after boiling, but for good color and taste better to give him a little longer to stand up. Well real drink acquires a beautiful reddish-brown color and light almond flavor. This is one of the most delicious teas.
Tea from plum branches is very similar to cherry, but somewhat less aromatic and slightly lighter. For these teas enough to take 5 to 8 sprigs with a length of about 20 cm to 1 liter of water. Tea made from plums and cherries not only tasty, but also useful. He has a weak calming effect and improves lung function. Very strong these teas not to do: first, they are tasteless, secondly, a huge dose can cause poisoning is the same as the nucleoli bitter apricot.
And in those in other small amounts contains prussic acid. It gives a characteristic taste and smell so familiar confectionery products, as almond cakes and biscuits. In them specifically add a Cup or two secure, but almost smelling sweet almond 2-3 nucleolus bitter that in large doses poisonous. And any consequences of it at this dose does not cause. It is the same with the branches of a cherry, plum, sloe. Moreover goriaminskaya water is used in medicine as a stimulant of breath. On this occasion, a medieval scholar Paracelsus said that poison and drug differ only by a dose.

Rose and raspberry - diuretic and diaphoretic effect

From the same family Rosaceae for tea fit young greenish branches hips. Crumpled rose gives welding, tastes like compote, but the infusion is quite pale. But the thorny dogrose colors tea in the beautiful pinkish-beige color, but somewhat weaker smells. Its infusion is used in malaria, as diuretic and fixing.
Both of these tea very carefully strain, since these types of brier there are numerous fine spines, which are the formations of the skin shoots and easily break off to boiling.
Very tasty tea is obtained from the tops of the raspberry canes. If you are not circumcised them in September, it is possible to do it in the winter, by combining the pleasant with the useful. Top raspberry usually do not have time to drevesnyh until winter and freeze directly with leaves. In the spring they will die anyway, so cutting them now, we do no harm to the plant. If welding of sheet raspberry collected in summer and dried without fermentation, although useful, but has neither taste nor smell, nor color, tea from the tips of the branches after infusion turns dark, aromatic and with a clear fruit taste. Similar tea is obtained from the BlackBerry, but it is yellow-green color and gives a strong aftertaste.

Aronia and Apple - unsurpassed taste

From our usual Rowan, although it also belongs to the family Rosaceae, tea didn't work, it has a strong odor and taste.
Aronia, or chokeberry, gives a dark red-brown brew with a faint odor of bitter almonds. Like cherries, it is a much tastier after long-term infusion. Especially pleasant infusion with fruit trees and sugar. It can be served cold as compote, and briar take in half the number compared with the usual tea rose-hip, and the branch is 6 - 8 pieces of 20 cm by 1 - 1.5 l of Course, before use, they need to be washed and cut into pieces of length 3 - 5 see This will facilitate the transition flavoring and coloring substances in solution.
Delicious tea is obtained from the twigs of Apple trees, but they need to carefully wash. Branches of all fruit-trees can be safely prepared with those shoots and branches that still have to remove when spring pruning. Apple tea light, but a pleasant taste, and it depends on Apple trees.
Tea from twigs of Apple trees of different varieties will be different: for example, kitajka bitter, Antonovka gives delicious, but very light broth. Differ in taste and color and decoctions branches of different varieties of plums. So here you have a rich field for experimentation.

Currant and lemongrass against rheumatism and flu

Many teas from branches have not only a pleasant taste, but also a certain therapeutic effect. So, already mentioned tea from branches of a black currant has Antirheumatic action, useful for headaches, kidney diseases. The infusion of red currant twigs in folk medicine Yakutia is assigned for rheumatism.
The classic is a tea made from the branches of Magnolia-vine. It is better to take from the midst of the Bush, where they are in the dark still not bear fruit. Tea, lemongrass stimulant, it cannot drink at night. This tea is useful as a restorative. During epidemics of influenza and colds - as a preventive tool. The same effect has and tea from the leaves of Magnolia-vine, and that the plant does not suffer from preparation, you can use already falling autumn leaves. They are dried and winter drink as a tea. It is bright, but with a lemon smell. Small children it is better not to give or give a little, adding sheets in juice or tea as a tonic. But not at night. Lemongrass stronger effect in the spring, this is the best time for its acceptance.
Good tea is obtained from branches shadberry, he is like a pear, but has not bright red, and brown-pink color and weaker smells like a pear. In the Irgun lot of tannins, it can be used as astringent, but the tea gives a slightly bitter.

N. ZAMYATIN,
agronomist of the Botanical garden of medicinal plants
Moscow medical Academy named. THEM. Sechenov.