Couch Grass (Agropyron Repens)
Agropyron repens, also known as couch grass, is native to Northwest Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Arctic region. It is recognized for its expectorant, diuretic, demulcent, broad antibiotic, and antibacterial properties.
The couch grass was used in Austria as a traditional medication for fever. It is highly effective against bladder irritability, as it not only reduces the pain but also lessens the frequency of urination. It is also used for treating chronic cystic irritability, chronic prostatitis, gonorrhea, strangury, and hematuria.
Agropyron repens is well known for its ability to treat nephritis, congestion, allaying irritation, and inflammation. It can provide effective relief from gout, jaundice, and rheumatism. The couch grass has also been used successfully for the detoxification of kidneys.
It is especially used for treating bladder catarrhal disease and provides relief in the case of gravel.
Agropyron repens is helpful at the same time to soothe a sore throat as its expectorant properties help to clear out the phlegm accumulated during a cold. It contains mucilage that coats the throat and clears congestion making it easier to breathe and sleep at night.
Be aware that couch grass is known to lower sugar levels in some people.
◉ 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!