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Gathering Herbal Teas
The fragrance of linden blossom recalls memories of a serene Latvian summer; the heady aroma of meadowsweet offers its attendant reminiscences of long strolls through riverside meadows in luxuriant bloom. This handpicked ecologically clean herbal tea is imbued with a special aura … an aura of the peace of nature. Drink it with honey on gloomy winter nights to boost your health and refresh the soul.
Herbal teas not only strengthen health, they offer an insight to the abundant plant life around us. It is a wonderfully relaxing activity - collecting these plants for yourselves, and then drying and preparing them for tea the way you like it best.
Gathering herbs for teas is a very popular pastime in Latvia. However, we suggest that visitors to Latvia consult with local experts both about the plants and about the most suitable places for gathering them.
Although Latvia's national parks and nature reserves offer guided tours on medicinal plants, it is forbidden to gather plants along the special nature trails: if each visitor picked but a plant, the place would very soon be left bare.
However, if you ask the guide, she will gladly show you the places where the gathering of plants will neither harm nature nor damage the specially prepared study trails. You should also bear in mind, that many plants are protected by law collection of these is permitted in small quantities and only for your own consumption. It is also not permitted to clear away all of the best known medicinal plants from any one particular location – enough plants must be left to allow for natural re-growth.
The very satisfying pleasure of Herb gathering may be fully experienced at any of the 40 Environmental health farms. These farms offer the opportunity to enjoy the full spectrum of nature's healing powers. Saunas with freshly picked herbs and teas, walks, and even sleeping on herbal plant aromatised beds. All of these farms are to be found in picturesque locations and have professional organic farming certification.