Firestorm Tea

I come to you today with the medicine of the tea that we have been drinking to help with our smoke-filled lungs and weary hearts.

During the past weeks, I have been trying to think of what I could share with you that would be supportive, helpful, nourishing….

I am not usually one for a loss of words (in case you haven’t noticed). But living 20 minutes from a firestorm propelled by 60mph winds that burned 5,000 structures and being surrounded by people that have lost loved ones and everything they own, well, I found myself just not talking or thinking very much.

Just day by day, waiting to see where the winds would take the fire, wondering if the more than 100 missing people would somehow turn up and listening. Listening to one story after another. The rivers of stories.

Everywhere you go here, there is still only one conversation. Our town is sheltering people that fled for their lives with only the shirt on their backs and everyone is impacted.

Hopefully recovering from a firestorm is not your reality right now, but I just can’t seem to write about anything else. Over and over I kept thinking of sharing the tea recipe with you that we are drinking but then doubting that was too small, so trivial in face of the scale of trauma all around.

Then, finally I settled on yes. The small acts are important. The tea we drink, how we take care of ourselves during times like these matter, so we can show up at the shelters and volunteer in the kitchens that are cooking and feeding people non-stop.

So we can just be present for each other.

The hydration, the moisture, the tea…. helps us calm the fire within us when there is stress all round.

I come to you today with the medicine of the tea that we have been drinking to help with our smoke-filled lungs and weary hearts.

Here is a list of the magnificent plants that support us during this time. As I make each batch of tea I say thank you out loud to the herbs. I feel truly grateful to feel a connection with each of these plants and learn new things about their medicine every day.

Wild mallow leaf (Malva neglecta)
This wild weed is doing just that right now, growing wild. When you take a bite out of it, you feel the slime, or mucilaginousness (I made that word up). The mucilaginous quality of mallow helps counteract dry heat. It is a wonderful tea for dry hot days, (or when the smoke is so thick you can’t go outside) It helps to soothe and cool. For us living here in the air that is full of particles from the burnt buildings, keeping our lungs moist and functioning well is critical.

Marshmallow root (Althea officinalis)
If you don’t have any wild mallow growing, it isn’t an herb you can readily find dried through herb distributors. You can use marshmallow root instead of wild mallow leaf. Marshmallow root is hydrating, soothing and also helps support the immune system

Passionflower leaf (passiflora incarnata)
I have passion flower growing in my garden right now, but use your favorite nervine in this tea. You can use skullcap, chamomile or passionflower. Just adding a little passionflower to help with the stress and trauma. I was out of town for a couple of days and it was amazing to hear people having conversations about something other than the fire. As soon as I got back into town, I stopped at the store and once again the grief and stress was palpable.

Rose petals (Rosa spp)
You can use any fresh or dried rose petals. Rose petals are refreshing, calming and for me, the beauty they bring to the tea is healing.

Fennel seed (Foeniculum vulgare)
Fennel seed supports the lungs, digestive tract and the nerves. Fennel helps with wheezing and hoarseness. Many people are hoarse from all the smoke. There is a powerful ‘lung grunge’ going on around here. Fennel can help soothe and open the lung tissue so you can breathe easier.

Peppermint is diaphoretic, so it will help keep the sinuses open and relieve congestion.

Sliced cucumber
Cucumbers are a good source of electrolytes to help you keep hydrated.

Aloe vera juice (not gel)
Aloe vera juice is soothing and moistening and helps to calm the internal fire that prolonged stress can cause.

Coconut water
More electrolytes!

Firestorm Tea
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  1. ½ gallon water
  2. 2 tablespoons Fresh mallow leaf (malva neglecta) OR marshmallow root
  3. 2 tablespoons fresh or dried passionflower leaf
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh or dried rose petals
  5. 1 tablespoon fennel seed
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh or dried peppermint
  7. ¼ cup aloe vera juice
  8. ½ cup coconut water
  1. Put water and herbs into a half gallon Mason jar
  2. Put lid on the jar and set jar out in the sun for 2-4 hours
  3. Strain herbs from tea and add aloe vera juice and coconut water
  4. Garnish with sliced cucumber
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Thank you and where do you buy the herbs for the tea?


Do you sell the Firestorm tea herbs, or have suggestions on where to buy? Is this safe for toddlers and nursing as well (peppermint doesn’t affect my supply)?


Thank you for the tea receipe Kami I’m not in the firestorm but I am in the hurricane state and I am praying for all those that are effected from the things that are happening around our world.


Thank you for the recipe. How terrible and stressful it must be living in these conditions. Of course we all heard about the devastating fires in real time, but now the reporters have moved onto other topics and it is easy for the rest of us to forget about folks dealing with the horrible after effects. I am sure that many of us send you best wishes in your and the area’s recovery.


My thoughts and prayers are with you and those who surround you. These devastating fires are a horrible way for people to lose everything they own and in some cases the people they love. Blessings on you and everyone in your area who have been affected by this tragedy. Thanks for sharing your healing recipe.


Kami, our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and all those affected by the fires. May God bless you all and keep you safe!
This tea recipe comes at a good time in my home. Hubby is dealing with a dry, chronic cough and I think this will be wonderful for him.
Tracy Hicklin