Barberry tea is well known inAsia, Europe, Africa and America due to its medicinal properties. Nowadays, it is consumed worldwide as tincture, fluid extract or capsules.
Barberry tea description
Barberry is a shrub growing in gray-colored and tight thorny hedges, producing yellow flowers during spring and red berries in autumn. Its roots, bark and berries have been used for more than 2,500 years for a variety of health-promoting purposes.
In ancient Egypt, barberry was mixed with fennel to fight plague.
Nowadays, Barberry is available in the form of capsules, fluid extract and tincture.
Barberry Tea is made of the dried roots and berries of barberry.
Barberry tea brewing
To prepare Barberry tea: steep 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried barberry root or 1 to 2 teaspoons of whole (or crushed berries) in about 2/3 of a cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Barberry Tea can be consumed three times, daily.
Barberry tea benefits
Barberry tea has proven its efficiency in treating:
- inflammation due to bacterial ear, nose and throat infection
- bacterial and viral forms of diarrhea
- the function of the gallbladder
- urinary tract infection
Barberry Tea may help stabilize blood pressure and normalize heart rhythm.
Also, it has been claimed that Barberry Tea may help strengthen the immune system.
Barberry tea side effects
Studies conducted so far showed that Barberry tea should not be used beyond seven consecutive days, in order to avoid complications on excessive use of barberry.
There have been cases when Barberry tea interacted with anti-coagulants, blood pressure medication and antibiotics, causing side effects.
Pregnant, nursing women, and nursing infants also should avoid drinking this tea.
Barberry tea is a medicinal beverage, effective in treating respiratory and urinary tract infections, as well as hypertension, diarrhea and gallbladder disease.