It is my cup of tea


Walking by the river I took pictures of some plants traditionally used in herbal medicine and aroma therapy. For you to know: 80% of the world’s population still relies on natural remedies, and 20% of pharmaceutical products are made from plants.

Summer solstice is the best time for gathering most of herbs: around that time they have the highest level of active chemicals. In July you can still find some herbs to supply your needs for cold remedies during upcoming autumn, and make a mix to simply enjoy a cup of aromatic tea with honey. Make sure you do your herb picking away from the roads with heavy traffic and that your herbs are not covered with dust: you are not supposed to wash them.



Yarrow (Achillea millefolium). Its Latin name means “thousand leaves”, and all these leaves have been used for healing since the world began. Yarrow has anti-inflammatory properties and it is used for gastrointestinal problems and loss of appetite, varicose veins and hemorrhoids, common cold and painful periods. As a compound, Yarrow improves taste of any herbal tea mix.



Meadowsweet ( Filipendula ulmaria). It can be used in the way similar to Elderflower: for making cordials, jams and even fritters. As a remedy, Meadowsweet reduces acidity, decreases mucus and has anti-inflammatory effect. It contains some amounts of salicylates, so people who are allergic to aspirin have to better be careful using it. Meadowsweet tea is good for common cold, bronchitis, heartburn and reflux disease, peptic ulcers and bladder infections. In the next image there is a Nettle plant next to the Meadowsweet.

nettle and meadowsweet

Nettle ( Urtica dioica). Nettle is used to treat rheumatism, arthritis, prostate problems, allergies and any other inflammation: it clears toxins out of the whole system. It grows in abundance, you can use it fresh or dried, and as much as you like. You can cook it and eat like spinach. Nettle’s roots are good as diuretics.


Red clover ( Trifolum pratense) . It contains isoflavones (phytoestrogens) and is a good remedy for PMS, menopause symptoms, preventing osteoporosis and any estrogen-related condition or disease. Men can use it for prostate related conditions, and also for slowing down benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) which comes with ageing. Red clover is also good for regulating cholesterol level.



Oregano (Origanum vulgare). It tastes great in your tea, and can be used for arthritis, cough, bladder problems, hemorrhoids, migraine, poor circulation and stress. One of my favorites for a regular use as a herbal tea mix compound, and to spice salads.


Valerian (Valeriana officinalis). Valerian root has sedative effect and could  be used to treat insomnia and anxiety disorders. It has to be used very carefully, but you can put dried pieces of root into a fabric bag and keep it in your bedroom (aromatherapy). Cats love these roots even more than catnip, but don’t let your cat swallow the root, just in case.

I have pictures of another seven herbs, but I will keep them for Tuesday:)



I have been nominated for another Very Inspiring blogger award by Vijay 🙂  Thank you Vijay, I really appreciate that you like my blog! Vijay is running a news blog, there is always something interesting.

I am glad that I  have another chance to nominate some of my favorite  bloggers.

Emily Grace




Alisa Belzil

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Linda Arthur Tejera


T Ibara Photo

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Accepting the nomination there are two simple rules:

1) The nominee shall display the Very Inspiring Blogger Award logo on her/his blog, and link to the blog they got nominated from.

2) The nominee shall nominate fifteen (15) bloggers she/he admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about it.

Best of luck with your blogging!

Photography tip of the day: Don’t be afraid to crop your images. Take any of your images and make as many nice crops as possible. It will boost your imagination:)

inesemjphotographyHave a great weekend!


  1. Hi Inese. Just read this again and I must have missed the part about oregano, or else it didn’t stick because I hadn’t yet bought a little oregano plant for cooking. Now I’m going to put it in my tea! This post is as lovely as tea and little squares of crustless cucumber finger sandwiches!

    1. Hattie – I am always really glad when my posts are useful 🙂 A little bit of oregano improves taste of any healthy but disgusting tea 🙂 It isn’t as strong as mint so it goes well with sandwiches. Yummy!

  2. I better not chop off too many plant out of my garden then if 80% of the population relies on this to be alive. I may even be doing a disservice to humanity by chopping off plants 😉

    Beautiful pictures as always, and my wordpress seems to be running pretty good now, yeeehaa!

    1. Glad to hear your wordpress started to cooperate. 🙂

      Don’t chop, pick the leaves:) Do you have some nettle plant in your backyard? It is one of the most energy boosting and cleansing herbs. Put a pair of glows on, do your backyard a favor and make a great remedy 🙂

      I am sure that 80% of the world’s population still use the herbs. Asia, for sure. The herbs don’t have the side effects like the chemicals, they won’t kill your liver.

      1. So I´m not killing anybody…phew, you got me a bit scared there for a second.

        I´m not in charge of the garden I just follow instruction by my sergeant a.k.a mother. Go figure.

          1. I´ll be your sergeant, do a push up, get up, clap you hands two times, yell “I´m mean killing machine and also queen!!!”, and do two more push ups.

            Do that! Do it! Just do it!

            Sounds a bit nuts, but works well.

            1. She´s a scary human being and with a very strange sense of humour. Tell you something, before I was deployed you know what this woman told me? “Bring me some sand from over there.” You kidding me? I´m not joking, those where her words. And trust me, with that there was no crying or feeling sorry or nothing, just a laugh and confidence inside. That´s mommy, and now back with her at my age! 31.

            2. You cannot be so sure about her feelings. Some people hide them deep.

              Just checked out that Richard’s blog. That poem about the war, smoke and blood, did you read it?

            3. nope, haven´t read it. Have read a lot of Richard so I´m sure I´ll get to it. But at the end of the day, no words as well written as they may be will ever tell a person that has never been in war what truly is to be in one. The physical emotions you go through can not be put into words. That, is the only thing I know for sure.

  3. Thanks for liking my post! I’m so grateful you did, because now I have found your space in the world, and I absolutely love it. As I’m starting to live my life more naturally, I am thankful for the light that you’re sharing. And your pictures are breathtaking, the bee in flight in so peaceful of earth!
    Many blessings to you!

  4. I’ve always wanted to look into herbs, ever since Outlander’s character Claire started discussing how they can help. Thanks for sharing more info on the subject!

    1. So glad you find the post useful. Start with one herb, make it a habit to drink a cup a day, and then add another herb and so on 🙂 Even a simple chamomile herb will make a difference ( yet I am not a fan of the teabags). The best way to use herbs is to put a teaspoon of your herb mix into a Thermos flask and pour over boiling water. Do it when you have time, and drink later. Have a great week!

  5. Just now I am enjoying some swiss drops prepared with herbs of the Alps, like plantain, marshmallow, mint, thyme, sage, yarrow, pimpernel, mallow, elderflowers, primrose, veronica and horehound. They taste very good and aleviate the harshness of the throat.
    Keep picking those fine herbs, Inese, they are good for your body, for your heart and for your spirit.

    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Lino! When you mention the herbs I picture the image of them in my mind:) I am certain they will sooth your throat in no time!:) One more blog post about herbs is on the way. Wish you a speedy recovery!

  6. What an informative and interesting posts! As usual, I love the accompanying photos.

    Thank you so much for your huge compliment with this nomination. Thank you! I send you a big hug from NYC! 🙂

  7. Lovely photos and you have a knowledge of herbs too! I recently discovered patches of meadowsweet not far from home – a beautifully named plant and so lovely to look at.

  8. I love your photos Inese – and I love herbs too. Always my first choice when I’m not feeling too good. Congratulations on your totally deserved award, and thank you so much for including me. 🙂 X

  9. Fantastic blog, words and pictures!! I feel like I have learned so much which is never a bad thing, thank you. Wonderful work keep it up, loved it 🙂

  10. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    I have used herbal remedies for over 20 years and have a great deal of respect for ancient wisdom. There is an argument that says they were only used because modern medicines were not available. However, my belief is that there are certain conditions that respond better to a gentle infusion rather than a sledgehammer and that certain plants enhance our body’s ability to fight disease in a support role. What we cannot dismiss is thousands of years of wisdom with a prescripion – what we can do is take the best from both worlds and use wisely and under advice from someone who is knowledgable in the subject. Great post from Inesemjphotography.

    1. Thank you for reblogging! I so agree with you. Thousands of years of wisdom should be taken seriously. I have been using herbs since I remember myself, and learned a lot from my Grandma. These herbs I mentioned are common tea ingredients except may be Valerian, and they can be used as food too. Blessed Nature!

  11. Good info and beautiful photography. In our yard, we have oregano (which we use for cooking) and the red clover which the bees love.

    1. Thank you Imelda. It would be wonderful if people switched from soda to herbal tea. It isn’t like you need a heap of herbs to make a cup of tea every day. You can buy them too, but it is nice to have a little jar of dried wild herbs of your own make:). When autumn comes you can cut all the remains of your oregano to dry.:)

  12. Marvelous photos dear Inese …
    At the end, herb picking was not only a matter of health but also a matter of art!.
    Thanks for the nomination. I am honored, my friend;
    Best wishes and happy weekend to you,
    Aquileana 😛

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