An introduction to
Whimsy’s Wyck Hips
It was glorious day nearing the end of September, a small group of the tea family had come together to collect the ripe rose hips from the historic Wyck garden in Germantown. Birdie Busch as the documentarian, Heidi, Becky and Chaya were ready to take in our first “Gathering of the Rose Hips” as part of a new collaboration with Wyck.
The healing herbal blend we created includes Yaupon, the only caffeinated plant native to the US. Chosen for its flavor profile and lack of tannins, this member of the holly family and cousins to Yerba Mate provides an uplifting experience free from jitters or upset stomach. The company that harvests this organic tea, Catspring Yaupon, is quite special as well, employing folks exiting the criminal justice system or sex-trafficking survivors, their motto is “People First.” Check out their moving video.
The rose hip is actually the fruit of the rose. These fruits are one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin C available. They also have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce the redness associated with rosacea.
While harvesting the rose hips for this blend, we noticed that there were many flora growing in the garden including the Flying Dragon Bitter Orange. This citrus has antihistamine and Antianaphylactic qualities, we juiced it and imbued the dried rose hips with its essence, then dried it once more.
We named this blend after a dear friend who suffers from Rosacea and cannot drink our tannic teas. It is our desire that this light bodied, vegetal blend with a hint of fruitiness and a buttery finish can soothe his spirit.
Photography by Emily Birdie Busch