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Herbal Tea for Winter Wellness

By Jason Wasinger, September 19, 2019

As the leaves change and the weather cools, we bundle up and prepare for winter! Usually the winter months bring holiday stress, new germs from back to school, and the cold wet Portland weather we all know (and love?) This combo can bring colds and sickness into our winter months.

Herbal remedies like teas and tinctures can be a great way to fortify our immune systems before getting sick, or if you are already feeling under the weather a hot cup of tea is just the ticket! Try this blend full of vitamins and minerals that are perfect for combating the cold winter months ahead.

Winter Tea Blend:

1/2 cup dried red raspberry leaf

  • Raspberry leaf is high in calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamins A and C. It can also be helpful in reducing menstrual cramps.

1/4 -1/2 cup dried nettle

  • Nettle has more chlorophyll than any other herb, and is high in vitamins A, C, D and potassium and iron. It can have a bit of a bitter taste, so feel free to reduce the amount down to 1/3 or 1/4 cup depending on your taste.

1/3 cup dried lemon balm

  • Lemonbalm has antiviral properties, and adds a tasty element to our tea blend.

1/4 cup dried rosehips

  • Rosehips are higher in vitamin C than even citrus fruit, and are also high in antioxidants

1/4 cup dried elderberry

  • Various studies have shown that elderberry has an antiviral effect, and can help shorten and alleviate flu symptoms.

1/3 cup dried hibiscus flower

  • Hibiscus is high in antioxidants and vitamin C, and adds a delicious tart flavor to the tea.

Combine all herbs in a large glass jar, and seal. When ready to drink, steep 2-3 tablespoons in hot water for 4-7 minutes. Enjoy on its own or with honey!

For all your herbal needs, stop by Dragon Herbarium in SW Portland! There you will find a wide selection of medicinal bulk herbs, culinary herbs and cooking spice blends, herbal tinctures, incense and essential oils, and gems and candles.

Jason Wasinger


Hello! I am an easy to know extrovert, honest, and extremely value driven. I love people and houses and I feel that I have been preparing my whole life to bring them together! Growing up in a divorced household I have called home to 29 different places in my 35 years of life. As a young man I was always tinkering on bikes, building skateboard ramps and furniture, or helping frame and hang sheetrock with my Dad. At 19, I started working in the construction trades while going to college and have pretty much been building, remodeling, and renovating ever since. I was a professional wedding photographer for seven years while I renovated my own homes, these days my sole focus is helping home buyers and sellers navigate the often misunderstood realm of real estate. As a real estate agent, husband, father, and business owner I am aware of the many challenges that most buyers and sellers face when considering such a major life change with all of life’s other responsibilities. I am always happy to help or just chat with anyone, at any price point, anywhere in Portland, Oregon. I find joy in helping others develop a game plan and helping turn goals into reality. Whether you are a  first time home buyer looking for that perfect fixer upper on the edge of town, or a million dollar view home, or that forever garden abode nestled in the center of city, if you or someone you know is thinking about making a big move in the coming year. Hit me up!

I am married to my best friend Nettajane who is a teacher and a wonderful mom, crafter, and cook. We have two amazing daughters, Hazel and Esme. We are proud residents of the Rose City Park Neighborhood in NE Portland! We love scavenging second hand stores and estate sales for bargain treasures, gardening, simple design, DIY remodeling, the great outdoors, photography, riding bikes and I am always reading a dozen books simultaneously. I am a fast walker and long talker. I value punctuality, kindness, and doing good work.  
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