Tea is one of the most popular drinks in most parts of the world. These days herbal tea is also preferred by many people as it contains a number of useful ingredients that provides plenty of health benefits.
Essiac tea is an herbal tea, which was prepared by a woman in early 1920’s. Her name was Rene Caisse, who was working as a nurse in Canada. She developed this tea in order to treat countless numbers of cancer patients, so that they can get back to their normal health. She used eight different herbs to create this tea to produce medicinal benefit to her patients. Let us discuss about these eight ingredients briefly in this small article. By mixing these ingredients in different proportion one can get plenty of health benefits.
- Blessed Thistle
This herb is useful in treating digestive problems like constipation, gas or upset stomach. This herb is also used for treating liver and gallbladder diseases.
- Burdock Root
This herb is mild diuretic and can help in producing urine and sweat. It is useful for treating fever and swelling. People who damage their liver by consuming alcohol, medications or certain chemicals may take this herb. Although the reason is not yet established, but somehow it can prevent chemical process like oxidation that often occurs in our body due to metabolism.
Oxidation is a natural process and it is not harmful to our body. Due to oxidation free radicals are released, which is a chemical process that might suppress the immune function.
It is a sea vegetable and is a good source of minerals like iodine, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron.
- Red clover
It also contains a number of valuable nutrients like chromium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, niacin, potassium, vitamin C and thiamine. It is also a rich source of isoflavones, which is very effective in treating certain forms of cancer.
- Sheep Sorrel
Sheep Sorrel and its roots are very good source of sodium, iron, potassium, oxalic acid, manganese, beta carotene, phosphorous and vitamin C. This ingredient is also mild diuretic, mild laxative and mild antiseptic.
- Slippery Elm Bark
This herb is usually used for cuts and bruises and any other aching joints. It is useful for treating sore throat. This ingredient is also used in many lozenges in order to soothe irritation in the throat. This is also a good remedy for cough. In addition to that the herb is also useful in treating constipation, diarrhea and other digestive problems.
- Turkish Rhubarb Root
This herb has detoxification property and helps in removing various toxic elements from the body. It can also clean our liver and improve appetite. In addition to that it is also useful for healing ulcers, treating constipation, healing hemorrhoids and bleeding in the upper digestive tract.
Watercress is full of vitamin C and used as a tonic for regulating appetite and improves digestion. Besides that, it can alleviate constipation, nervous conditions, liver disorders, cough and bronchitis.