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.
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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