Gravel Root Tea is known for its diuretic, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. Gravel root (eupatorium purpureum) is a perennial plant that can grow up to 5 feet tall, having pointed oblong leaves and small pink flowers. It grows in North America, from southern Canada through Florida.
The main constituents of gravel root are tannins, flavonoids and bitter principles.
How To Make Gravel Root Tea
To brew Gravel Root Tea, you will need to boil 1 teaspoon of gravel root in a cup of water. Let the mix stand for about 10 minutes. Optionally you can add sugar or honey, depending on your preferences.
Gravel root tea can be drank 3 times a day!
Gravel Root Tea Benefits
- Helps prevent the formation of kidney and bladder stones.
- Effective in treating gout.
- Relieves fever by encouraging sweating.
- Treats various urinary problems.
- Helps relieve constipation.
- Reduces stomach acidity.
- In some cases, it can act as an anti-inflammatory, reducing swelling.
Gravel Root Tea Side Effects
- Due to the fact that Gravel Root Tea contains chemicals called hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), it may block blood flow and cause liver damage.
- Pregnant women should avoid drinking Gravel Root Tea since it can produce birth defects. Also, if you are breastfeeding, do not drink gravel root tea, because the chemicals (PAs) can affect the breast-milk and harm the baby.
- Do not apply gravel root on wounds or broken skin. The chemicals can be absorbed quickly through broken skin and can lead to dangerous body-wide toxicity.
Gravel Root Tea makes and excellent choice, having a lot of health benefits. Just make sure you avoid drinking too much gravel root tea in order to stay away from its side effects!