Blend Spotlight - Fumee Te

 

Welcome to the Blog for Premye Herbals! In this first blog series, I’m going to highlight some of the blends I’ve made for Premye. It’s a way for me to share the inspiration, insight and information about my blends which I think is integral to sharing in the herbalist tradition. Ultimately, herbalists help people care for and treat themselves with plants, empower them with information on those plants, and encourage them to creat their own health practice with a blend of folk, allopathic, physical and spiritual tools.

 

“A woman is like a tea bag - you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water” - Eleanor Roosevelt

“A woman is like a tea bag - you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water” - Eleanor Roosevelt

Whoa - was that a lot? It’s okay, this is a passion project after all! Back to the blend spotlight - I wanted to start the series with my signature blend, Fumee Te, because it was the first that I amped up my intuitive formulation skills on by studying and blending herbs using Materia Medica and formulary approaches. Below you'll find a 'tour' of the herbs in both the tea and smoke blends.

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Fumee Te Blend

Together these herbs can have a nourishing, soothing and grounding effect which are perfect for helping you transition through the moments of your day

 

Fumee Te is pronounced "Phew-may The" and means ‘Smoke Tea’ in Haitian Creole. It contains raspberry leaf, passion flower, rose petals, lavender, calendula, and mullein. The blend has floral, earthy, and fresh flavors and aromas. Together these herbs can have a nourishing, soothing and grounding effect which are perfect for helping you transition through the moments of your day.

Here's more about the individual herbs in the blend. 

  • In modern herbalism Raspberry leaf tea is widely used for nurturing female-bodied folx, especially for menstrual and pregnancy health. It also helps in general healthy human-hood with its anti-inflammatory, nutritive and tonic properties. Fumee Te uses Raspberry leaf as a base ingredient to help promote general balance, replenish vitamins and minerals and to sooth the throat and GI-tract.

  • I first 'met' the Passion flower plant living in upper Manhattan at the historic Cloisters Medieval Museum and Gardens. While there is a lovely and informative medieval herbal medicine garden in a courtyard of the cloisters, the gardens surrounding the museums somehow had wild passion flower vines that would bloom in the summer. Passion flower is best known in herbal use as a sedative, but I use a small ratio of the herb as it promotes a sense of ease and calm that works really well with the other herbs in the blend. Some magical traditions believe that Passion flower leaves open and deepen friendship and a sense of community, which I love.

  • Roses and Lavender are like my version of hot sauce, I put that shit on everything! I'm absolutely infatuated with Lavender - my cat is named after the plant! As for roses, I have an affinity for this almost cliché classic flower thanks to my mother and grandmother. If we ever got my grandmother flowers and roses were not the spotlight... There was a problem, LOL! It’s sometimes hard to separate fact from fiction with herbs and plants, but when I add lavender to blends it’s to call on the buds near instant refreshing and aromatically bright properties. Lavender is both calming and energizing and that polarity is great for balance. I add rose petals to center the heart - physically and spiritually, and to promote self-love

  • Calendula is definitely a popular plant you've likely come across. Its also known as Marigold - but I call it Calendula to avoid confusion with the ornamental marigold flowers that don’t have traditional herbal uses. Calendula Officinalis has wide common use in natural remedies and reputation as an all around helpful herb is well deserved - it can be antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Calendula lends a dose of energizing color to the blend, and its bitter, tonic and cooling properties help contrast the other more calming herbs.

  • Mullein is a subclass of Figwort plants and is a staple on my shelves for herbal use because it’s great in lots of different preparations (topical, ingested, smoked). Historically and culturally it’s been used for everything from minor cuts, fertility, and even being used as toilet paper (random but true - it’s a super soft plant even when dried)!  I love Mullein for its decongesting, and respiratory support properties especially in the smoking blend version.

I created both the smoking blend and drinkable tea versions of this blend to be used together which lets the herbs work in different ways. When ingested as a tea and smoked as ‘internal aromatherapy’, the various properties of the herbs get to work in a more holistic and balanced way.