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Heather Flower Tea May 5, 2010

Filed under: Food and drink — cnesgreen @ 5:27 pm

 

 

Heather Tea Benefits have been recognized for centuries as being potent as a diuretic, antiseptic, astringent and disinfecting agent. It has been a mainstay in Swedish herbal medicine for a long time, and has been recognized by the German Commission E for its varied medicinal properties.

The heather is a woody and bushy evergreen shrub with multiple branching stems. It has miniature leaves that are like needles. They are borne on the twigs of the plant. The flowers of the heather are bell-shaped and are purple to pink in color, but white flowers do appear occasionally. They typically bloom in late summer. They are arranged in a multiple spike formation and are quite impressive when seen from afar. Due to the attractiveness of its flowers, heathers are often used as a decorative and ornamental plant, and a landscaping complement.

 

 

Also known by its scientific name of calluna vulgaris, the heather is found in abundance in Scotland, Ireland, the Scandinavian countries, Russia and North America.

The heather is a plant whose different parts are used for different applications. The branches are often used as straw for brooms while the leaves are used as flavoring agent for beer and tea. The heather bark is used for tanning while the flowers contain nectar.

The active constituents of heather are various types of quercetin (including dihydroxychromone), tannin and flavonoids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following are the health benefits attributed to heather tea:

 

Heather tea is believed to help in disinfecting the urinary tract.

Heather tea may help in the treatment of cystitis.

Heather tea may help in the treatment of kidney and bladder problems.

Heather tea may be helpful in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis and gout.

Heather tea made from flowering shoots is believed to be a remedy for colds and cough.

Heather tea may help in the treatment of various gastrointestinal problems.

Heather tea may have beneficial effects for women with vaginal discharges or men with prostate problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild heather is very easy to use a a tea.

 

 

To make heather tea, place about a handful or 2tsp heather flowers into a mug of boiling water. Let the mix stand for about 10 to 15 minutes, then strain and drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosebuds, Chamomile, lemon-grass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has a refreshing taste, rather similar to ordinary tea. I believe the tannin content is quite high, which may account for the taste.

 

 

 

 

 

Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.

 

An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.

 

 

Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.

 

 

 

The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.

 

In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.

 

 

That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bags instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many alternative medicine health care providers feel that using certain herbal teas during pregnancy is a great way to support optimal pregnancy health. Herbal teas can often provide an additional source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.

 

However, due to the lack of studies on most herbs, the FDA encourages caution when consuming herbal teas during pregnancy.

 

It is always best to talk with a qualified medical professional about any herbal teas that you are interested in drinking.

 

 

 

Heather tea is usually taken 3 times per day but is not recommended for prolonged use as its high tannin content may contribute to liver damage.

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One Response to “Heather Flower Tea”

  1. gavin beed Says:

    thankyou for your well laid out information. I recently collected heather flowers and am enjoying the flavoured tea. Foraging and being in balance with the environment and nature is so rewarding both in spirit and finance.


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