Uber Herbal uses organic and wildcrafted ingredients to craft unique tea blends with medicinal herbs. Create your own Powdered Tea Set by choosing the two teas you’d like to try at home or gift to someone you love. Note that these teas are a little different because you drink it all, even the ground herbs at the bottom of the cup. Choose from:
Chocolate Chai, which is made with cardamom, allspice, ginger, cinnamon, star anise, black tea, cacao, coconut sugar, black pepper, and cloves. Just add a half-teaspoon to 16 ounces of hot water, sweeten as you like, and add a splash of milk. Each 1-ounce jar yields approximately 28 servings.
Nas Tea Cough Killah is packed with wild cherry bark, coltsfoot, mullein, white horehound, marshmallow, comfrey, slippery elm, licorice, and elencampane. Elizabeth Bretko from Uber Herbal recommends adding a half-teaspoon with 8 ounces of very hot water and drinking it all, even the “sludge” at the bottom. She also recommends adding raw honey to the tea once it’s cooled a bit.
Mate Ginger Hibiscus has (you guessed it) mate, ginger, and hibiscus in it. Add a half-teaspoon to 10 ounces of water, stir it, sweeten it if you’d like, and enjoy. Elizabeth suggests trying it with lemon water.
Best Ever Blend is made from nettles, tulsi, and red raspberry. Add a half-teaspoon to 10 ounces of water or consider adding it to your morning smoothie.
According to Merriam-Webster, “Uber” is a German word that means “to an extreme or excessive degree” (that’s right, it doesn’t mean a car service worth $70 billion), and the word “herbal” refers to “a book about plants especially with reference to their medicinal properties.” As Elizabeth Bretko, the owner of Uber Herbal in Grants Pass, Oregon, explains, “Herbal refers to something that really tells the story of the plant. It’s like the collected folklore.”
Elizabeth opened Uber Herbal in 2012, selling her herbal concoctions at the local farmers market. Then, in April 2015, she opened a tea shop, tea bar, and production kitchen in downtown Grants Pass after a successful Kickstarter campaign. At Uber Herbal, a small, but growing operation, Elizabeth wears every hat. Continue reading –>
Elizabeth recommends Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. She explains, “It’s packed with foolproof recipes, it’s easy to follow, and it’s so pretty.”
In the book you’ll find recipes for a Sore Throat Gargle, Decongesting Herbal Steam, Energy Balls, and much more.
Nettle Finishing Salt & Herb Wildcrafting Tips
Written by Elizabeth Bretko of Uber Herbal
Nettle Finishing Salt
I keep this finishing salt on my table to use on eggs, veggies, and anything else I can think of.
1 cup fresh nettle leaf
1/4 pound coarse sea salt (chunky salt)
1/3 pound fine sea salt
1 tablespoon thyme leaf (fresh or dried)
1. Pulse nettle (and thyme if it’s fresh) in a food processor. Because of the stinging nettle, I recommend wearing gloves to load the machine, though you won’t need them again.
2. Combine the nettle, salt, and thyme in a mixing bowl and mix well.
3. Spread the mix on a dehydrating tray or a baking sheet and place in dehydrator at 140 degrees for 24 hours or in the oven at 140 degrees until the mix is fully dry.
4. Fluff the mix with a fork and transfer into airtight jars.
You may be asking, “Why nettles?” Nettles are great wildcrafting plants because they’re abundant and it’s easy to find them in a thriving patch. They also grow all over the country, so they’re accessible to a wide audience. Nettles are high in chlorophyll, iron, and vitamin C and they have been used for centuries to treat allergy symptoms. Nettle’s reputation for being a good blood purifier is backed by modern scientific research as well as anecdotal testimonials from the past 2,000 years!
Wildcrafting Tips from Elizabeth
• Observe the patch you want to harvest, then take a moment to consider the plant’s ultimate health. Then, harvest according to your observations. A successful wildcrafting adventure is one in which the person gets a lovely treat and the plant gets a welcome trim.
• Harvest from thriving patches. Wild edible plants are everywhere and it’s important to only harvest from healthy ecosystems. Keep in mind that it’s best to harvest far away from roads and other potentially toxic spaces.
• Start looking for edible flowers such as violets, lilacs, rosemary, rose petals, thyme, cherry, apple, lavender, dandelion, and borage.
• Use the right tools to protect the health of the plants. For some flowers, you can pinch off your harvest with your fingers, but for many plants you’ll want to use a clean, sharp blade. For example, use a pocketknife when harvesting wild mushrooms, and use scissors or clippers when snipping bushes like lilac or lavender.
• Wear good shoes. I like to wear boots for ankle support because I’m often harvesting on uneven terrain and am simply too engrossed in the flowers to look around much. I also recommend gloves for harvesting blackberries and other thorny plants, and when you’re harvesting nettle, you may want to wear gloves and long sleeves; they’re called stinging nettle for a reason!