Benefits of Herbal Tea
Benefit of herbal tea with Dandelion
There are many different species of Dandelion, all belonging to the genus Taraxacum. Dandelions are native to temperate parts of the northern hemisphere and have since long been used in European and Asian folk remedies. Roots as well as leaves were used. The alleged benefit of herbal tea with dandelions includes liver cleansing, removal of mucous from the lungs, and diuretic properties which can reduce bloating. Dandelion herbal teas were also believed to lessen the incidence of gallstones.
Many European languages bear witness of the diuretic properties of dandelion tea. In French, these flowers are for instance known as pissenlit, which literary means “urinate in bed”. Similarly, the traditional English folkname for dandelion is pissabeds, and in Spain, dandelions are known as meacamas which translates “it pissed beds”. You can also see this pattern in Italy, where the dandelion is named piscialletto (letto is the Italian word for bed).
Benefit of herbal tea with Damiana
Damiana is a shrub native to Central and South America. Its scientific name is today Turnera diffusa, but it used to be known as Turnera aphrodisiaca – a homage to its alleged aphrodisiac qualities. In South America, the perceived benefit of herbal tea with Damiana is not limited to sexual functions; it is also used as a general stimulant that relieves anxiety and alleviates depression. Damiana tea is also used against menstrual pains and as a diuretic and laxative.
Benefit of herbal tea with Stinging Nettle
The Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) is found in many different parts of the world and grows from Europe and northern Africa to Asia and all the way to North America. The Stinging Nettle is a rich source of vitamin C and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids) and can therefore be used to cure scurvy, as well as prevent night blindness caused by lack of vitamin A.
The alleged benefit of herbal tea made from Stinging Nettle leaves include improved liver and kidney functions, alleviation of any respiratory difficulties and a general cleansing of the blood. Nettle tea has also been used against both diarrhea and constipation. The exact composition of the toxin found in Stinging Nettle is still not known. Research has shown that the stinging hairs of most nettle species contain histamine, serotonin and formic acid.
Benefit of herbal tea with Mountain Skullcap
Mountain skullcap (Scutellaria montana) grows in the Eastern United States and is today an endangered plant. For people living in the Appalachian Mountains, Mountain skullcap has been an important medical herb. The flowers of the Mountain skullcap have upper and lower lips and the calyx is protected by a shield. The stems are four-angled with opposite leaves, and it is traditionally the leaves that are used for herbal tea.
According to Appalachian tradition, the benefit of herbal tea made from Mountain skullcap is reduced anxiety and general mood alleviation. It has for instance been used to treat PMS. Before rabies vaccine became readily available, Mountain skullcap was also used in an effort to treat rabies.
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