Queen Nanny Magickal Jamaica Tea

Queen Nanny Magickal Jamaica Tea November 3, 2020

Queen Nanny image courtesy of Francesca Romana Correale. Licensed under CC 2.0

Queen Nanny is a legend. In my bestselling book Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens I write- ” Remembered as both a warrior and a Queen, this woman was a powerful leader, and a force to seriously be reckoned with. There are many differing reports of Nanny’s life. Some recount that she was an escaped slave, some say she may even have had slaves of her own. It is irrefutable however that she was a hero of Jamaica who very likely practiced that ancient african magick known as Obeah. Many prefer to forget her connection to African healing methods and magicks. Queen Nanny was said to have escaped her own captors and along with her brothers founded a free settlement in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. There Queen Nanny from 1728-1740 led what would later be referred to as the Windward Maroons. It is said that under her command they freed almost a thousand slaves over the years. She used her military skill along with her Obeah woman talents to successfully mount her campaigns. Some even believed she could work miracles. ”

The following recipe pays homage to Queen Nanny with a Jamaican heritage recipe for Hibiscus Tea. Botanically, the Hibiscus plant is part of the genus Malvaceae, and is part of the mallow family. During my first trip to Jamaica I was pleasantly surprised to find these brilliant beauties everywhere. Locals told me they were called Jamaica flower. They are said to bring joy, happiness, healing, and calm.

Hibiscus flower photo by Robert F. Tobler, courtesy of wikimedia commons. Licensed under CC 4.0.

Queen Nanny Magickal Jamaica Tea Recipe


2 Quarts Spring Water

1/2 cup dark honey

Juice of 2 limes

1 cup food grade Hibiscus flowers, dried

1 tsp. grated ginger root


Assemble all ingredients together. Heat water in a saucepan until it starts to simmer. Remove from heat. Add honey ginger root, and hibiscus flowers. Let sit for 20 minutes. Strain, then add the lime juice. Cool and serve over ice.

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About Lilith Dorsey
Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Afro-Caribbean, Celtic, and Indigenous American spirituality. Their traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University, and the University of London, and their magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is also a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation,’ and choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show. They have long been committed to providing accurate and respectful information about the African Traditional Religions and are proud to be a published Black author of such titles as Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, Love Magic, Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens, and the newly released Water Magic. You can read more about the author here.

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