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VARIETIES OF HERBAL TEA

Warning: Many herbs adversely interact with modern medicines and should only be taken after consulting with medical professionals!


CANNABIS TEA

Indigenous to central Asia. Cannabis Tea has long been used for medicinal purposes. Ingesting cannabis tea yields low psychoactive effects. Since Marijuana Tea offers a smokeless form of ingestion, it is preferred by some as a method of using the plant for medicinal purposes.

There are many medical uses for Cannabis including as a therapeutic drug for cancer and AIDS patients, to relieve symptoms of anorexia in elderly Alzheimer's patients, treat glaucoma, chronic pain, cachexia, seizures, persistent muscle spasms, migraines, arthritis and severe nausea.

THC doesn't dissolve in hot water, so no strong effect will be produced from water based Cannabis herbal tea. However it is highly soluble in saturated fat.

To get a stronger effect you have to dissolve the THC or boil the leaves in fat, such as milk cream or butter, and then adding this infusion to your regular tea.



CARAWAY TEA (Carum carvi)

The Caraway plant is thought to have originated in central Europe and Asia. Now its mainly cultivated in northern and eastern Europe as well as northern Africa.

Caraway belongs to the carrot family.

The roots of the Caraway plant are tapered like a parsnip, but smaller and are edible. The active ingredients are essential oils- Caraway oil averages 55 per cent carvone and 44 per cent limonene.

CARAWAY Benefits and uses:

Caraway has been used to treat rheumatism, bronchitis, eye infections, yeast infection and toothaches. It is said to promote gastric secretion and stimulates appetite. It breaks down spasms in the gastrointestinal tract and prevents flatulence.

As a food the roots can be boiled and consumed the same as you would cooked parsnips or carrots. The young Caraway leaves can be used for salads and as a seasoning for soups and stews.

The licorice flavoured seeds are used in rye bread and in soups, cheese spreads, sauerkraut,confectionery, liqueurs, and salad dressings.

A medicinal Caraway Tea can be made by adding 1 or 2 teaspoons of pressed seeds to 150 ml. of boiling water, then left to steep for 10 to 15 minutes and then drained. The finished tea can be taken 1 to 3 times per day.

Cautions:

Under normal use, there are no known side effects or health hazards associated using Caraway as a supplement. But, large doses of the volatile oil, taken for long periods, can potentially damage the kidney and liver.



CARDAMOM TEA (Elettaria cardamomum)

Cardamom are pungent, aromatic seeds containing a large amount of volatile oil that help stimulate digestion and relieve gas. A mild stimulant, cardamom is a standard ingredient in curry.
There are many recipes from Africa, the Middle east and Asia to make Cardamom Tea. The easiest way is to brew regular tea (plain black tea, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, etc.) and add ground cardamom, sugar, honey, milk and or cinnamon to taste.
Chewing Cardamom seeds also freshens your breath.



CATNIP TEA (Arctium lappa)

Catnip is a perennial herb of the mint family. It grows between 3 and 5 feet tall. The oblong, pointed leaves have scalloped edges with gray or whitish hairs on the lower side. The flowers are white with purple spots and grow in spikes from June to September.

Catnip Tea is used as a relaxant, sedative, and to calm and induce sleep. This herbal tea increases perspiration and effectively brings down fevers, and acts as a decongestant, making it good for treating colds, flu, bronchitis and asthma. Tannins in the tea make it a good remedy for diarrhea, inflammatory bowel conditions, constipation, insect bites, and inflammatory skin problems.

A cup of hot Catnip Tea, as a health tea, taken at bedtime insures a good night's sleep. To make this herbal tea, bring 1-1/2 cups of water to a boil, remove from heat and add 1 tsp. of preferably the fresh cut herb or 1 tsp. of the dried catnip and let steep for about 20 minutes. Drink Catnip Tea lukewarm. Honey may be added for flavour.



CATS CLAW TEA (UNCARIA TOMENTOSA TEA)

Cat's Claw Tea has been used as an herbal tea by indigenous peoples in the Andes to treat inflammation, rheumatism, gastric ulcers, tumors, dysentery, and as birth control. Cat's claw is popular in South American folk medicine for treating intestinal complaints, gastric ulcers, arthritis, and to promote wound healing.



CAYENNE PEPPER TEA (Capsicum minimum, Capsicum fastigiatum, Capsicum frutescens)

Cayenne Pepper is a spice that is also one of the worlds greatest medicinal herbs.

Cayenne Pepper was named after its place of origin - the Cayenne region of French Guiana. It was used quite by the Aztecs and Mayans of central America medicinally and culinary.

Cayenne Pepper contains vitamins like vitamin A, C, E, carotinoids and capsaicin. Capsaicin causes the hot and burning sensation and causes the brain to activate the salivary glands and endorphins, which act as the body's natural painkillers.

Cayenne acts as a catalyst to increase the effectiveness of other herbs when combined with them. For example, Cayenne Pepper and Hawthorn berries together act as powerful stimulent on the heart. CAYENNE PEPPER Benefits and uses:

Internal:
- it attacks prostate and pancreatic cancer cells
- it can stop heart attacks
- Cayenne nourishes the heart with vital nutrients
- removes plaque from the arteries
- Cayenne Pepper aids in healing stomach tissue and ulcers
- it is used to help stop internal bleeding
- it aids circulation
- Cayenne can rebuild blood cells
- it help clear mucus from stuffed up noses and congested lungs
- Cayenne Pepper removes toxins from the bloodstream - it has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol
- Cayenne is used to treat poor digestion and gas
- it enhance the libido and acts as an aphrodisiac
- it is a weight loss agent - the heat produced after eating hot chilies peppers burns energy and calories

External:
- Cayenne helps rebuild flesh destroyed or harmed by frosbite
- it helps heal hemorrhoids
- it is used to help clot and heal external wounds
- Rubbed on the skin, cayenne is remedy for rheumatic pains and arthritis
- it acts as an insect repellent
- Capsaicin cream is a helpful pain reliever for shingles, nerve pain and arthritis
- Cayenne Pepper has been shown to have antifungal properties

Cayenne Pepper Tea:
Internally Cayenne Pepper can be taken as is or as a tea. The tea is simple to make. Place a teaspoon of cayenne into a cup of hot water and drink.

Cold and flu relieve is almost instant. The hot Cayenne Pepper tea very quickly stimulate the membranes and nasal passages to drain mucus and relieve congestion and stuffiness.

Cautions:
No adverse side effects have been noted other than the burning sensation of the capsaicin, which diminish with continued use.

Capsule form of Cayenne Pepper will give you some benefit without the "heat". If possible it is recommended you use Cayenne powder instead of capsules. The hot Cayenne in your mouth lets your stomach know to secrete digestive juices ahead of swallowing, to give you maximum benefit.



CENTAURY TEA (Centaurium erythraea, Centaurium umbellatum, Erythraea centaurium)

The herb is also known as Feverwort and European centaury and belongs to the family Gentianaceae.

It grows less than .5 meter tall and flowers June through to October. The stems and flowers are used herbally.

The herb Centaury is used as flavouring in bitter herbal liqueurs and gives vermouth its unique taste.

European centaury is native to Europe, Western Asia, North Africa and has been introduced to North America.

Centaurium erythraea Benefits and uses:

Internal:
- as a digestive and gastric stimulant, increases appetite
- to relieving constipation and gas
- to promotes proper digestion
- for heartburn
- to releave symptoms of colic
- to ease menstruation
- as a blood tonic for anemia, to purify the blood
- for weight loss
- Centaury promotes circulation
- it is a good Antioxidant
- to relieve gout
- to ease Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms

External:
- lotion removes skin blemishes, age spots, freckles and sun spots

Tea:
The tea is commonly taken for heartburn, colic, to suppress menstrual pain, and anemia. Taken over an extended period, it also help with weight loss.

To make Centaury herbal tea, use 1 teaspoon of dried herb in 1 cup of hot water and let infuse for 10 minutes.

Cautions:
Centaury can cause nausea in high doses due to its bitterness. Do not use the herb if you have kidney stones, gallbladder disease, hernia or peptic ulcers.


CERASSE TEA, alt.CERASEE TEA(Momordica charantia)


Other common names of Cerasse are Chinese bitter melon, Karela, Ampalaya, Guingbe, Boston Apple and Balsam pear.Cerasse is edible when harvested green and cooked. The taste is bitter. The bitter gourd is also rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, B1, B2, C and Iron.

CERASSE FRUIT A herbal tea made of the Cerasse vine can be used to cure ailments from indigestion to Cancer. Cerasse Tea is one of the most popular of the Jamaican bush teas and is feared by everyone because of its extreme bitterness.Cerasse Tea may be sweetened with lemon, honey or maple syrup to make it more palatable. Serve Jamaican Cerasse piping hot or pour it over ice for a refreshing cool drink.

Cerasee is native to Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean but is now widely grown in South America and the West Indies. The Cerasse bush grows wild throughout most of Jamaica. It can grow up to five metres in length and produces bright, yellow flowers and a green to orange coloured fruit.

CERASSE VINE This bitter herb is said to have many health benefits. The benefits of Cerasse include uses for diabetes, hypertension, worms, dysentery, malaria and as a general tonic and blood purifier. It is also used to relieve constipation and colds and fevers in children. Other uses are a remedy for colitis, liver complaints, relieving pains due to arthritis and rheumatism, lowering blood pressure and the tea of the root is used to expel kidney stones. The tea can also be used as a skin lotion.
Cerasee Tea is also widely used for cleansing and detoxing in West Indian, African and Eastern cultures.

Another use is for skin ailments such as chicken pox. In traditional Jamaican Bush medicine the leaves and bush are boiled in a large pot, and then the entire contents of the pot added to a bath. A good soaking in the tub speeds up recovery. Recently, scientists have identified and extracted several active proteins from Cerasse including MAP-30, alpha-momorcharin and beta-momorcharin which have value as anti-HIV agents.

As well, researchers at the University of Miami School of Medicine have found that the element Guanylate Cyclase in the ripe fruit has the ability to inhibit growth of cancer cells. Cerasee is also being studied at the Sloan-Kettering Institute of New York as a possible aid for leukemia patients.

Cerasse Tea Preperation:
Cerasse Tea is made using the fruit and/ or the leaves of the plant. If brewing Cerasse Tea from dry leaves, pack into a tea caddy and infuse in hot water. You can add fresh or dehydrated Cerasse fruit to the tea. To ease the bitterness, add sweeteners such as honey.

Cerasse Tea can be bought over the counter at most West Indian health food stores.

Fresh Cerasse fruit can also be purchased in many North American supermarkets.



CHAMOMILE TEA (Matricaria recutita)

German Chamomile is the common variety of the plant used as an herb for tea. Originally native to Asia, it has now been introduced to most of the world. CHAMOMILE The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans knew of and used Chamomile. The blossoms are the part of the plant that is utilized for Chamomile Tea.

The main use of Chamomile Tea is as a sedative and as a gentle sleep aid. It is also used to relieve a sore stomach, irritable bowel syndrome and menstrual cramps. Further it is said to alleviate symptoms of the common cold, and help to expel worms and other parasites. Chamomile Tea has anti inflammatory properties, is good for rheumatism, arthritis, and other painful swellings.

Research in 2011 showed evidence that chamomile tea has moderate antioxidant and antimicrobial activities and significant antiplatelet clumping activity. Also, animal feeding studies have shown potent anti inflammatory action and some cholesterol lowering activity.

German Chamomile can be grown in your backyard or indoor flower pots. It is also widely available as a packaged herbal tea. It has a very pleasant, soothing aroma and sweet flavour, and can be consumed without additional sweeteners. Chamomile Tea is not only good for you, but it is also a delicious, soothing drink any time of day.



CHE DANG TEA

CHE DANG TEA (Bitter Tea)

Che Dang is a Vietnamese tree locally called Che Khom. Its scientific name is Ilex Causue. It grows to be very large, and is prevalent in the northern Vietnamese provinces. Its buds are red, and are considered to be better than the white buds of Che Dang trees grown in China.

Che Dang Tea is a very bitter tea made from the Ilex Causue leaves grown in China and Vietnam. The tea leaves are curled in the shape of long black stems, 5 to 7 cm in length.
The Che Dang’s leaves have 16 types of amino acids and were used by Chinese royalty to cure many serious diseases. As a medicine, it has no side effects and can be used by anyone of any age. It is said to Regulize the bloodstream, reduce the cholesterol level in the blood, Simulate digestion and have a calming effect on the nervous system.



CINNAMON TEA (Cinnamomum zeylanicum / Cinnamomum cassia)

Cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka. Sweet Cinnamon Tea makes a great after dinner beverage. It is said to have many medicinal uses including lowering cholesterol, regulating blood sugar, making this herbal tea beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes. It is also said to reduce the proliferation of leukemia and have the ability to stop medication resistant yeast infections and has an anti clotting effect on the blood. Cinnamon Tea also believed to relieve arthritis pain and fight the E coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.



CHRYSANTHEMUM TEA (Ju Hua)

The tea is transparent and ranges from pale to bright yellow in colour, with a floral aroma. Chrysanthemum Tea aids in the recovery from influenza and prevents sore throat and promotes the reduction of fever. Chrysanthemum Tea is also used to treat varicose veins and atherosclerosis.



CITRUS PEEL TEA

Citrus Peel Tea has slightly bitter and acrid taste that stimulates digestion, and is a good treatment for belching. The essential oils of the Citrus fruits act against diarrhea, vomiting, colds, indigestion and abdominal swelling.



RED CLOVER TEA(trifolium pratense)

Red Clover is a perennial that grows wild in most parts of the world. The young leavess and blossoms are very nutritious and used for food in salads, soups, or just as herbs. Red Clover has many nutrients including vitamin C, niacin, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, chromium, isoflavones, and phosphorus.

The herb goes by many other names such as purple clover, trifolium, sweet clover, cow clover, meadow trefoil, peavine clover, wild clover, marl grass, and cleaver grass to name a few.

For medicine, Red Clover's main use is the high concentration of phytoestrogens which act like female hormones in the body.

RED CLOVER Benefits and uses:

Internally (as a Herbal Tea):
- aleviates breathing problems
- eases whooping and dry coughs
- helps the female reproductive system through menopause and heavy bleeding
- regular consumption of Red Clover Tea is an anti cancer agent
- it may help to treat tuberculosis
- Red Clover Tea helps fight sexually transmitted diseases
- it aids in treating inflammation and infection
- it purifies the blood
- The Herbal Tea seems to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels
- it may help reduce plaque build up in arteries
- it helps delay bone loss due to osteoporosis
- Red Clover Tea relieves arthritis pain
- for dieting it is an appetite suppresser
- it treats indigestion and calms an upset stomach

Externally:
- Red Clover Tea applied externally treats itchy skin conditions
- topically applied it helps treat psoriasis and the healing of skin wounds

Red Clover Tea:

Red Clover has a delicate soft flavour. The Red Clover blossoms can used fresh or dried to make great Herbal Tea.
To infuse, add 1 tablespoon of dried or 2 fresh Clover flowers to a cup of hot water,steep for about 10 minutes and strain. A tea caddy or ball can be used. This herbal tea can be taken up to three times a day.
The tea can be sweetened to taste with honey or sugar. Mint can be added for extra flavour.
Don't boil the flowers, as many of the medicinal nutrients will lose their effectivenes.

Red Clover Tea can also be enjoyed as an iced tea.

Cautions:

Red Clover is generally safe, but if bought in concentrated form, follow the instrucions on the packaging.



ROASTED CORN TEA (Oksusu Cha)

Oksusu Cha is made from boiled roasted corn kernels. This herbal tea is naturally sweet. Roasted Corn Tea is said to relieve fatigue, reduce high blood pressure and ease the stomach pain resulting from digestion.





Warning: Many herbs adversely interact with modern medicines and should only be taken after consulting with medical professionals!

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