Snakeweed Root (Polygonum Bistorta)
Also known as snakeweed, oderwort, adderwort, and Easter mangiant the Polygonum bistorta is native to Asia and Northern Europe.
The snakeweed root is one of the most potent natural astringents known. Among its other medicinal properties are, demulcent, laxative, febrifuge, diuretic, and styptic. Used externally it is an excellent remedy for wounds and small burns, bleeding, anal fissure, vaginal discharge, stomatitis, pharyngitis, sore throat, and spongy gums. Applied to mouth ulcers it gives almost instant relief.
It is used in the treatment of dysentery, diarrhea, cholera, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), cystitis, catarrh, peptic ulcers, excessive menstrual flow, and ulcerative colitis. It is also good for stopping nose bleeds and bleeding in hemorrhoids. It is most effective in staunching all types of external and internal bleeding including that of lungs, stomach, and passive bleedings.
In Chinese medicine, the snakeweed root is used to treat fever, hands and feet cramps, scrofula, mosquito bites, snake bites, carbuncles, tetanus, fever, and epilepsy. The herb is also known to be beneficial in treating diabetes. The leaves of the plant are used for killing worms in children.
◉ 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!