13 Wild Teas To Make While Camping or In a Survival Situation

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In this post I’ll be sharing a few common plants and fruits that you can use to create a nutritious wild tea that has a multitude of health benefits. Many have healing medicinal properties as well. Survival Tip – don’t Harvest any plants unless you are 100% positive that you are identifying them correctly.  So please do your research! If you don’t, you can turn a bad situation into a horrible situation.

**As always the same rules of water purification apply. **

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Rosehip Tea

Brewing the fleshy part of the rose hips Serves as a mild constipation relief. It is also loaded with vitamins C, B, A & E. Because of their high vitamin C content they can be used to treat colds and flus. They are also full of antioxidants so they support the immune system. They are also useful in treating urinary tract infections. Best of all it’s tasty.


Blackberry Leaf Wild Tea

Blackberry leaf tea is full of vitamin C but it does contain tannic acid. It can do damage to the liver when consumed in large quantities. For this reason we recommend you use this for medicinal purposes only. Because of the tannic acid, Blackberry leaf tea is an astringent.


Therefore it can be used to treat sore throats, ulcers and gum inflammation. So you can drink it for ulcers or just use it as a mouthwash for sore throats and gum infection. Drinking blackberry leaf tea will also combat the effects of Dysentery and cholera.

Acorn or Oak Bark Tea

The tannic acids created from Brewing black berry tea is relatively insignificant. You are better off getting a tannic acid solution by brewing acorns or oak bark. Acorns and Oak bark are very high in tannic acids and have been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Tannic acids can be applied directly to blisters, lacerations, burns and many other skin conditions.


Acorn or oak bark  will be much more effective than black berry tea at combating dysentery, cholera, and many other intestinal problems. As stated earlier, large quantities of tannic acid can do damage to the liver. Thankfully there are other teas, such as dandelion tea, that can help you combat these negative effects.

Dandelion Tea

Dandelion tea is great for the health of your digestive tract. It also serves as an anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidant and vitamins, but most notably it serves as a cleansing tonic for your liver and kidneys. Throw in the pedals, the flower, as well as the roots. Put it all in there.


Milk Thistle Tea

Another wild tea that soothes the liver is made with milk thistle. Milk thistle can be used to help heal liver damage suffered from harmful chemicals and toxins. It is perfect for drinking after consuming a high tannic acid solution.

milk thistle

You can eat or brew the leaves, flowers, and roots. They are easily identifiable by the pattern on their leaves. They resemble cobwebs over the leaves.

Lavender Tea

With lavender you can Brew the flower buds into a tea. As a natural sleep aid, some people use lavender to help with their insomnia. It’s also been known to soothe menstrual cramps. It’s also a natural muscle relaxer and has been known to soothe headaches.

Side note – Brushing lavender over your skin acts as a natural bug repellent – Mosquitoes hate that stuff. By the way, lavender tea does not taste good in my humble opinion.

lavender tea

Nettle Tea

Nettles are nutrient dense and contain fatty acids. It also contains the minerals calcium, copper, Iron, magnesium,Phosphorus and potassium. It helps relieve symptoms of asthma, hay fever and colds.  Boil the young fresh leaves but wear gloves or be careful when harvesting. There are needles so you may consider roasting them over Flames to get rid of the needles.

nettle tea leaf

Mint Wild Tea

Mint tea relieves symptoms of Cold and Flu by acting as a natural decongestant. It is also highly nutritious. You can eat or brew any part of the plant but the leaves carry the most flavor. Mint tea is absolutely delicious so if you can find some, It can really provide comfort in an uncomfortable situation.

mint tea leaf

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is very nutritious, full of antioxidants, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and an overall immune system booster. It helps soothe stomach aches and intestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. It’s very nutritious as well, containing vitamin A, Fatty acids, calcium & and lots more.


Pine and Spruce Needle Tea

Boiling Pine and Spruce needles creates an aromatic, fragrant, vitamin C packed tea. It’s commonly considered the Gourmet tea of the outdoors. Because of its high vitamin C content it can relieve symptoms of cold and flu as well as boost your immune system.

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Birch Sap Tea

The clear, sweet, sugary sap from birch trees is fit for human consumption. If you cut deep enough into the birch tree it will naturally begin to leak its sap. You can consume it straight from the tree, boil it into a tea, or add it to an existing  tea as a sweetener. It is highly nutritious containing vitamin C, Zinc, sodium, iron and lots more.

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Willow Bark Tea

Stripping the inner bark of a willow tree and then boiling it will make a drink that helps alleviate the symptoms of cold and fever. The inner bark of the willow tree contains Salicin which is closely related to the active ingredient in Aspirin. So it is very useful in acting as a pain reliever.

Note – Don’t consume willow bark tea if you are allergic to aspirin. You are likely to see the same side effects as if you had taken aspirin.

How To Make Willow Bark Tea

Elderflower Tea

The dried or fresh flowers can be brewed into a tea for a multitude of healing and health promoting purposes. Elderflower contains essential fatty acids, calcium and a  large variety of vitamins. It is also used as an antiviral To help boost the immune system and see the effects of allergies. It also helps strengthen the mucous membrane and helps clear up runny noses. Only harvest the flowers and the ripe dark purple fruits. The leaves, stalk and bark are toxic.

How To Harvest Elderflower

If you know of any other natural brews that might be of assistance please post them in the “Comments” section below. Thank you for reading and remember to always Prepare to Live!

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