Strawberry Tree (Arbutus Unedo)
The Arbutus unedo also known as “strawberry tree” and “apple of Cain” is a native of South Europe and Mediterranean regions, but will grow readily in warm coastal regions.
In spite of the fruit being totally unpalatable, the herb is a highly effective renal antiseptic used for a number of medical conditions such as the treatment of diseases of the urinary system, i.e. urethritis and cystitis. Owing to its antiseptic, astringent, and diuretic properties it is used for treating dysentery and diarrhea as well as an inflamed sore throat. Gargling is usually very effective for treating irritated and painful throats due to a cold.
The flowers have diaphoretic properties and hence are used to control and treat fevers resulting from bacterial infections. It is also used with success in treating high blood pressure.
In ancient times, the Arbutus unedo was also used for treating certain STDs resulting from infection with Trichomonas vaginalis, which was also proved by medical research studies carried out in Turkey. Studies also show conclusively that the herb s a powerhouse of antioxidants.
◉ 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!