Hypericum patulum, St John’s Wort, Forsythia May 5, 2010

Filed under: Food and drink — cnesgreen @ 5:46 pm


 Hypericum patulum, St John’s Wort, Forsythia




Forsythia is widely known as a garden plant, but its dainty flowers may also be used as cutflower. It has an upright form, grows vigorously, and has arching branches. The forsythia shrub typically reaches a height of up to 9 feet. It possesses bright yellow flowers that have four-lobed corollas and produces lactose.




The fruit is a capsule that contains several seeds.

The fruit contains the healthy constituencies of the forsythia plant. Among these are phenylethanoids, oleanolic acid, lignans and phyllirin. To make forsythia tea, place the fruit in boiling water, let it soak for a few seconds, and take the water out of the heat. Let stand for a further 3 to 5 minutes, strain and drink.

The forsythia is often combined with other herbs like the honeysuckle to combat ailments that are "heat-related" such as upper respiratory tract infection and the flu. Pregnant women are advised not to use forsythia.







Forsythia Tea Benefits have been known for generations as a potent antibiotic and a "heat-lowering" agent. In fact, the forsythia is considered to be one of fundamental herbs in the annals of traditional Chinese herbology.


The forsythia is a deciduous shrub that belongs to the olive family. It is native to China but now grows almost anywhere in the world. The shrub is named in honor of 18th century English gardening expert William Forsyth, who was one of the founders of the Royal Horticulture Society.




The following are the health benefits attributed to forsythia tea:


Forsythia Tea may help fight the virus and help relieve colds, fever and cough.

Forsythia Tea may help in fighting influenza.

Forsythia Tea may help fight allergies.

Forsythia Tea may help decrease inflammations.

Forsythia Tea is believed to help relieve tonsillitis and pharyngitis.

Forsythia Tea may help improve cholesterol levels.

Forsythia Tea may help aid cardiovascular functions.






Add 1-2 tsp dry Forsythia flowers into the glass (or teapot)


Wash them with hot water.


Pour hot water into the glass again and wait for about 3 minutes.


Strain the flowers.








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.


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