Herbal teas for good health

Herbal teas that can boost your health and their indications

by Mama Tea, Anna Louise Simpson

Fennel Seeds

Foeniculum Officinalis

The Greeks called fennel “Marathron” which is derived from the herb meaning “to grow thin” and it seems to have been used as an early slimming aid. The Roman physician Galen classified it as hot and dry

  • Indigestion
  • Wind
  • Colic
  • A “galactagogue” that will increase milk flow in breastfeeding women;
  • Stomach upsets
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Chesty colds
  • Appetite Supressant

 

Marshmallow Leaves

 

Althaea Officinalis

Marshmallow Leaf has been noted as being used by both the Greeks and the Romans. Althaea comes from the Greek "to cure", and Mallow from the Greek "to soften".Pliny suggested this herb can be used as an ointment or a cough syrup. (Alcock). Marshmallow Leaf was mentioned in Homer’s The Illiad.

  • Gastritis
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion

 

Dandelion Leaves

 

Taraxacum officinale

 

Dandelion was first mentioned in Western medicine in 1485 in the “Ortus Sanitatis”, although an oriental version of the herb had been used in China since the 7th century. This herb is extremely good at increasing urination, hence the French name, “pissenlit” and Old English, “piddlybeds”.

  • Extremely rich in potassium
  • Tonic action on the liver
  • Gentle laxative
  • Good for fluid retention
  • Good for combating pre-eclampsia

 

Orange Peel

 

Citrus Aurantium

and Citrus Sinensis

 

Orange peel has been used traditionally in Chinese Medicine; the most important flavanone in oranges, found in orange peel, is ”herperidin”, which has been shown to lower high blood pressure as well as cholesterol in animal studies, and to have strong anti-inflammatory properties.The Name “herperidin” derives from  the Greek mythological nymphs, “The Hesperides”, which were, nymphs who guarded a garden in which golden apples grow.

 

  • Morning sickness/sickness
  • Digestive Upsets
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Nausea
  • Poor appetite.

 

Hibiscus

 

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

 

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, an old species that was grown as an ornamental flower in China, is believed to have been cultivated there for thousands of years.

  • Lower high blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Antioxidant
  • Infections
  • Flu
  • Colds
  • Stomach cramps
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Boost immune system
  • Constipation

 

 

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