First Harvest Tea Blend Recipe for Lammas

Lammas is the first harvest celebration, marking the transition from summer to fall and celebrating the bounty and abundance of the garden. The full moon during the month of August is also known as the Wyrt Moon; wyrt is simply an old-fashioned term for herb, meaning that both Lammas and August as a whole are a bountiful celebration of the natural world.

First Harvest Tea Blend Recipe for Lammas | The Witch of Luipne Hollow

Herbalism is a powerful tool for healing and spiritual growth and this time of year, its power is at its height. Tea is my personal favorite way to practice herbalism, and there’s nothing sweeter than making tea from ingredients carefully selected for the season and the moment.

The ingredients in this tea blend represent the abundance of the season and the importance of the connection between us and nature. 

First Harvest Tea Blend Recipe for Lammas | The Witch of Luipne Hollow

 

First Harvest Tea Blend for Lammas

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried calendula blossoms
  • 1/4 cup dried lavender buds
  • 1/4 cup dried meadowsweet
  • 1/4 cup oolong tea leaves
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon grated ginger

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a tea strainer or bag.
  2. Pour hot water over the strainer and steep 3-5 minutes.

Calendula is a beautiful flower ruled by the sun, which typically bloom throughout summer and fall. Their brilliant yellow and orange petals are the perfect transition between the seasonal colors. Plus, these beauties are also excellent for encouraging psychic awareness and prophetic dreams as the witch’s season approaches.

Lavender is often associated with Lammas, as it tends to be at the height of its bloom just before and during the sabbat. It is one of the few flowers associated with Lammas, which tends to be more focused on fruits, veggies and wheat. Lavender is also great for sleep and dreams, to help you begin the descent into the waning and restful portion of the year.

Meadowsweet was a sacred herb of the Druids and it is believed the Order used it for burial rites. As fall approaches, meadowsweet is a great herbal choice for ushering in the harvest and eventual wintery decay of nature. Meadowsweet is also associated with divination, for honing your skills and opening your third eye.

Oolong adds a layer of complexity to this otherwise airy tea. Often associated with autumn, as this tea is made when the leaves are processed until they have just begun to ferment, oolong is perfect for the change in the seasons. A beautiful, earthy tea, oolong encourages reflection and wisdom.

Ginger is optional in this tea blend and I recommend utilizing a very small amount, as it adds a distinct spicy note, but I love the way it draws in the first of the harvest spices. Ginger is associated with success, money and love, and heats up this Lammas tea blend.

It’s also interesting to note that another name for meadowsweet is “Bride of the Meadow” and another name for calendula is “Bride of the Sun” so this tea blend could also be excellent for partnerships, romance and late summer weddings.

First Harvest Tea Blend Recipe for Lammas | The Witch of Luipne Hollow

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