Every cup of speedwell tea possesses astringent, expectorant and diuretic properties. It’s also loaded with polyphenols that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities, plus it also boasts of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial kinds of fats that are good for the brain, nerves, heart and joints.
Speedwell is an herb which is botanically known as Veronica officinalis. The herb belongs to the family Scrophulariaceae which is commonly known as the Figwort family. The herb is named Veronica after the name of the woman who had used her dress to wipe the blood and sweat from the face of Jesus on his way to the crucifixion. It is believed that the marks left on the cloth looked very much like the flowers of Speedwell.
Common Names: Common speedwell, Paul’s Betony, Veronica, and Gypsy weed.
Put a teaspoon of hawthorn leaf and flower into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it brew for 30 minutes. Strain and drink a cup 2-3 times per day.
Speedwell tea possesses mild diuretic properties, and this is why it’s commonly taken to help in the management of a urinary tract infection or a UTI — by increasing urine production, the infection taking place somewhere in the urinary system can be put under control.
One of the most common uses of speedwell tea is for alleviating cough. That’s because it has expectorant properties, which means the herbal drink is capable of removing excess phlegm or mucus in the upper airways.
Traditional healers commonly recommend the intake of speedwell tea for improving the process of digestion, which is important for the prevention of various problems concerning the gastrointestinal (GI tract). Consuming speedwell tea is also known to help stimulate the appetite.
Speedwell tea is well-known for its ability to put diarrhea under control, courtesy of its astringent properties that slow down the production of mucus in the large intestines which can lead to loose stools.
The liver is an organ with so many different functions, and one of them is the metabolism of drugs, alcohol and poisonous substances. One way to keep the liver in an excellent shape is by taking speedwell tea. In fact, it’s being used for hundreds of years now in keeping the liver in a healthy state.
Lastly, speedwell tea may also be employed topically for dealing with various skin problems such as acne and eczema. Applying it on a minor cut or burn can help in alleviating pain as well as warding off an infection.
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