The barberry shrub, also known as the barberry bush, is widespread throughout Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
The fruit, stem, and root bark contain alkaloids, the most prominent being berberine, which has anticonvulsant, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, hypotensive, and sedative effects.
Berberine has also been found to have a beneficial effect on the immune system, making it useful in the treatment of a variety of illnesses and diseases.
As it is used to ease a large variety of inflammation and infection in the body, it is most likely to help with bladder, urinary tract, and gastrointestinal infections. It also helps with sore throats, nasal congestion, sinusitis, and bronchitis, among other respiratory problems. The usage of this plant may also help with Candida infections.
Furthermore, it helps improve digestion and reduce gastrointestinal pain and diarrhea, help control blood sugar and improve heart health, cholesterol, and the health of both the liver and gallbladder.
◉ 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!