The health benefits of fumitory tea have been well-known since ancient times as it has a “bringer of long life” fame. Fumitory was once used as an herb to stop the hiccups and sometimes even as a tool to expel evil spirits.
About Fumitory tea
Fumitory is an annual, climbing herb native to Eurasia, Australia and North America. Also known as fumaria officinalis, it has slender stems, triangular leaves, limp branches and pinkish flowers with purple or white tops.
Fumitory can be found in various forms like tea infusion, tincture, capsules or extract form.
Active components include alkaloids (including fumarine and protopine), bitter principles, tannic acid, fumaric acid, mucilage, flavonoids, resin, potassium.
For fumitory tea, the above ground parts of the plant are usually used.
Brew Fumitory tea
To prepare fumitory tea, simply place 1 to 2 tablespoons of dried fumitory herbs in a cup of boiling water. Let it infuse for about 10 to 15 minutes and then you can add milk or natural sweetener to taste.
Fumitory tea benefits
Fumitory tea has many health benefits as long as you drink up to 3 cups a day.
Fumitory Tea may help in the treatment of skin problems such as eczema and acne.
It is diuretic, laxative, sedative and a general tonic. It supports liver and kidney treatment and may help in the fight against gallstones.
Fumitory tea is used also to treat cystitis, atherosclerosis, rheumatism, arthritis as well as to purify the blood.
Fumitory tea side effects
Please keep in mind not to associate fumitory tea with drugs, alcohol or some medicines as it can create unwanted interactions. Also, if you are a pregnant or nursing woman and you are planning to have children, it’s best to keep away from this tea.
Safety Risk Side effects associated with fumitory include hypotension, increased intraocular pressure, and acute renal failure.
When applied externally through eyewashes, fumitory tea, may help in the treatment of conjunctivitis.
Fumitory tea is mostly safe for regular use. However, take into consideration the possible side effects and adjust the consumption according to your needs.