Fireweed (Epilobium Angustifolium)
The Epilobium angustifolium, commonly known as fireweed and the spiked willow herb, is native to North America and Canada. It grows throughout the Northern hemisphere in temperate climates. It is well known for its tonic, astringent, antispasmodic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
It has been used for ages for treating infected wounds, boils, and skin conditions. When it is taken internally as a tea, it is extremely effective for treating bronchitis and gastrointestinal conditions as well as allied problems. It is also prescribed for the treatment of acne.
It has also been used for treating a number of kidney problems, urinary tract infections, and prostatitis.
Since the herb contains tannin and mucilage and has excellent astringent properties, it is also used as an antispasmodic and intestinal astringent. Taken internally it is effective for controlling and treating hiccoughs, whooping cough, and asthma.
◉ 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!