On sunny Saturday September 7th 2019, we gathered in Riley Park Community garden for a curious afternoon of garden-inspired teas, delicious food and playing in the garden.
Master Gardener Selina also shared information on the plants in the garden that were used to make the teas, as well as their medicinal qualities. Info here below
Craft supplies were provided to create Mad Hatter hats, and dragon scales for the upcoming ‘Dragon Walk’ parade in the Riley Park Neighbourhood on Sept 22nd.
Thank you to Neighbourhood Small Grants for supporting our third annual tea party!
Mad Hatter Tea Party Riley Park Community Garden
Herbal Teas:
Refreshing sweet herbal flavour
Lingering cooling effect on tongue
Improves digestion, stimulates appetite, relieves headache
Rama Tulsi (aka Holy Basil)
Aromatic clove-like scent
Known as ‘Elixir of Life’
Anti-inflammatory (high in anti-oxidants),
reduces stress, increases energy
Lemon Balm
Light delicate earthy lemon flavour
Known as ‘Bringer of Gladness’
Calms the nervous system, helps sleep, supports digestion, potent anti-oxidant & antibacterial
Lemon Verbena
Most lemony of all citrus-scented herbs;
tangy sweet & refreshing
Anti-inflammatory, supports immune system, improves digestion, eases joint pain, reduces congestion, calms nerves, reduces fever
Light airy taste,
floral with hints of apple
Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, induce calm and sleep, reduces congestion
Herbal floral minty taste with citrus undertones
Mildly sedative & calming; reduces stress, relieves headache, anti-spasmodic, anti-microbial
Rose Hips Delicate floral flavour, tangy sweet aroma
High in Vitamin C, anti-inflammatory, supports vascular system, detoxifies, boosts immunity
aka ‘Sweet Leaf’
Natural sweetener
up to 300x sweeter than sugar Regulates blood sugar & insulin, lowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, supports immune system.
Sweet floral flavour
Anti-inflammatory & anti-bacterial
Balances flora in digestive system
May be slightly floral to slightly bitter, recommend adding Stevia
Natural bedtime sedative
Sweet floral flavour
Calms the mind
Reduces tension, alleviates headache
Raspberry Leaf
Herbal Flavour
Hormonal balance, ease digestion, high in anti-oxidants, high in Vit C, E. A, & B, K+, Ca, Mg
Sweet tart taste with earthy undertones Natural remedy for cold & flu symptoms, supports immune system, high in anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory, high in fibre

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