Chestnut Leaves (Castanea Sativa)
Chestnut leaves contain tannins, which have anti-inflammatory properties and help to reduce swelling. Chestnut leaf tea is very stimulating, has antipyretic qualities, and is said to increase appetite. For coughing, breathing difficulties, arthritis-like discomfort (rheumatism), and congestion. They are also used for their relaxing properties.
The leaves may also be used to make poultices for hemorrhoids, treat rheumatism, and alleviate back pain, and muscle and joint stiffness. They are used to treat wounds, and boiling chestnut leaves are said to relieve sore throats and respiratory problems.
◉ 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!