Heather tea has been used in Swedish herbal medicine for a very long time and has been recognized for its medicinal properties by the German Commission E. Heather (calluna vulgaris) is a woody and bushy plant with multiple branching stems, that grows mainly in Scotland, Ireland, the Scandinavian countries, Russia and North America. The parts of the heather plant have different usage. For example: the branches are used as straw for brooms and the leaves are used as flavoring agent for beer and teas.
The constituents of heather plant are various types of quercetin, tannin and flavonoids.
How To Make Heather Tea
To make your own heather tea, you will need a handful of chopped heather, both flowers and leaves. Boil the water, add the heather and let the mix steep for about 10-15 minutes. After that, pour the tea into your cup using a strainer to catch the heather leaves and flowers. Depending on your preferences, you can sweeten it by adding sugar or honey.
Heather Tea Benefits
Heather tea has a lot of health benefits:
- Helps in the treatment of kidney and bladder problems.
- Prevents and treats rheumatism, arthritis and gout.
- It is a remedy for cold and cough.
- Helps disinfecting the urinary tract.
- It is a strong allied in the treatment of cystitis.
- Tears various gastrointestinal problems.
Heather Tea Side Effects
The things that you should keep in mind when you consider drinking heather tea are:
- You shouldn’t drink too much heather tea because it can cause liver damage.
- Heather tea can alter the effects of some medications, especially the ones related to the urinary and gastro intestinal tract, so make sure you consult your doctor before drinking it.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid drinking heather tea.
All in all, try not to drink more than 2 cups of heather tea. Enjoy all its benefits and make sure you won’t experience any of its side effects!