Artichoke (Cynara Cardunculus)
Artichoke is a native of the Mediterranean region, used since ancient times as a food source. Historical records show that it was known and cultivated in ancient Greece, Egypt, and Roman Empire.
Besides being a very popular vegetable, it is also known and utilized for medicinal purposes. Reported to be one of the vegetables that contain the highest amount of antioxidants, the Artichoke is also known to aid digestion, improve gall bladder and liver function as well as reduce cholesterol levels.
It is known to be very effective in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and arteriosclerosis. Studies show that vegetable has the ability to increase the ratio of HDL to LDL.
Furthermore, it contains a number of bioactive agents that aid and promote the growth of the “good” gut bacteria. This effect is further enhanced by the presence of phenolic compounds, which effectively arrest the breeding of pathogenic bacteria.
Artichoke is also used for treating irritable bowel syndrome and helps people suffering from functional dyspepsia.
The pulp of the leaves contains a chemical known as Cynara, which by inhibiting the function of the taste buds makes everything taste sweet.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!