Artichoke leaf tea is one of oldest natural remedies valued by Egyptians. Nowadays, it is largely used to treat ailments like constipation, indigestion or liver disorders, but not only.
Artichoke leaf tea description
Artichoke is a perennial thistle plant originating from the Mediterranean areas of Southern Europe and North Africa.
It has arching leaves which are deeply lobed. Artichoke usually blossoms from the end of spring up to the middle of summer.
It is said to be one of the world’s oldest vegetables. People normally intake the fleshy portion of the artichoke leaves, its green base and its core.
Artichoke leaf tea is the beverage resulting from brewing the leaves of the abovementioned plant.
It is a caffeine-free substitute for those who want to avoid consuming coffee.
Artichoke Leaf Tea brewing
To prepare Artichoke leaf tea, consumers need a teapot, a strainer and a heatproof cup or mug:
- Heat water in a teapot to about 208 degrees F (or bring the water to a boil)
- Remove from heat for a minute or two
- Pour water into your cup or mug
- Immerse the tea bag (in case of loose-leaf tea, use a tea strainer)
- Let it steep for four to five minutes (If you steep the tea longer, the flavor will be stronger, but the tea might taste bitter)
- Remove the tea from the mug and serve it
- Add milk and/or sugar to taste
Artichoke Leaf Tea benefits
Studies have shown that Artichoke leaf tea is successfully used to:
- lower bad cholesterol levels
- lower the risks of cardiovascular diseases
- promote good digestion by helping relieve constipation, heartburn, diarrhea and bloating
- support the functions of the liver fighting against cirrhosis and other ailments of the liver
- help lower blood sugar levels
- help lower the risks for diabetes
- help in the treatment of problems affecting the kidney
- strengthen the immune system
- eliminate toxins
- clean the skin
Artichoke Leaf Tea side effects
Artichoke leaf tea is not recommended for patients with gallstones.
Pregnant and nursing women, as well as small children, should not intake it until further research is conducted.
Artichoke leaf tea is a beverage with no caffeine content, used to help in treating a large array of diseases. Except its healthy properties, it can be a good alternative for an afternoon or evening tea.