I wish I could tell you- I didn't find it locally and we don't really get it round here as far as I know, I didn't really think too hard about the smell before tasting either, but it was a pleasant brew
Apparently Myrica gale was used to spice up beer and other things for some while, so it might not be acutely toxic except when having too much, the story goes that Vikings used it before battle to go berserk better.
Reading up about it a bit and it seems it was used (and still is by a few quirky brewers) as a hop substitute, many are saying it is quite potent stuff though advocating to go easy on the amount used. I think I used around 10 dried leaves in a standard tea mug, felt like I could have gone more, but fresh might be more potent.
I'm loving the idea of gorse flower tea - will definitely give that a go.
I'm a big advocate of nettles, and regularly have a mug of nettle tea. But I've never thought of combining it with dandelion. I'll certainly give that a go as well.
Looking forward to trying both.
I tried making tea from dried rosehips today, very mild flavour can't say I was that impressed. I'll try steeping for over 10 mins next time and dosing up a little- I used probably 12 hips for around a 5 min steep.
I managed to forage a load of gorse flowers so im going to try and dry them out for tea. I'll report back with results!
Had another crack at the rosehip tea, used around 20 hips and still not a lot of flavour, they hardly rehydrate in the brew even after 15 mins or so. One website said to use 5 hips per cup. Can't say I recommend it.
Maybe fresh whole hips will work better?
I also tried dehydrated gorse flower and pine needle tea, which is a winner. Coconut and piney citrus!