Teas from a South American herbalist. He makes these claims below.

1…Avocado leaves/Hojas de Aguacate(Persea Americana)
High Blood Pressure

While we treasure the fruit of this tree, a tea of the leaves is useful in lowering arterial blood pressure.

2…Bitter Melon/ Sorosi (Momordica charantia)
Acne, Diabetes,Cholesterol

This vine is so useful that people brought in with them to the Americas when they were brought from Africa as slaves, now it grows wild here. It’s bitter taste assures you of its medicinal properties. Acting as a blood cleanser, this tea helps to prevent acne from the inside. In the case of diabetes, this tea increases glucose uptake and glycogen synthesis, like natural insulin. Consult your physician before taking. Not for pregnant women.


3…Bitter Wood/Hombre grande (Quassia amara)
Parasites, Diarrhea, Constipation

This woody shrub makes a bitter tea containing quassina, which rids your body of intestinal parasites, and stimulates the digestive organs, relieving both diarrhea and constipation. Take care with this tea, as ti can lower blood pressure. To prepare, put 2 teaspoons of the tea in one liter or 4 cups of room temperature water and let it stand overnight in the refrigerator, and store there until all is used. Drink one cup of tea each day.


4…Carpenter Bush/Tilo (Justicia pectoralis)

This herb is well renowned in Central America as a relaxing tea, especially used by people suffering from Insomnia. This natural alternative does not cause chemical dependency like some pharmaceutical drugs.


5…Chinese Root/Cuculmeca (Smilax spp )
Tiredness, Anemia,Diabetes, Cholesterol,Blood tonic

The root of this vine makes an effective blood cleanser and tonic prized not only by indigenous people in tropical America, but also in Europe ever since Spanish explorers brought it back home to Spain. This tea is used for problems related to the blood, such as anemia,diabetes and cholesterol. It may also be drunk as a general tonic for tiredness. Prepare this as a decotion, boiling 1 teaspoon of the tea in 1 ½ cup water for 10 minutes to make one cup of tea


6…Guava leaves/ Hojas de Guayaba (Psidium guajava)
Diarrhea, parasites, antioxidant.

The tea of Guava leaves is so well recognized as a remedy for diarrhea caused by intestinal parasites that doctors working in rural areas recommend it instead of manufactured drugs the tea also rehydrates the body to prevent dehydration due to diarrhea.


7…Horsetail/Cola de caballo (Equisetum spp)
Kidneys stones

This plant, wich has been on Earth since the age the dinosaurs, has been used for centuries for illnesses associated with the urinary tract. Hosetail contains subtances such as flavonoids, glicosids, and saponins that stimulate the urinary system to expel kidney stones. Prepare this tea as a decoction, boiling 1 teaspoon of tea in 1 and ½ cup of water for 10 minutes.


8…Lemon Grass/ Zacate de limon (Cymbopogon citratus)
Cold, fever

Many cultures use tea of this grass for colds and fever. The aromatic essential oils are the principle active agents.


9…Min Verbena/ Juanilama (Lippia alba)
Colitis, gas

This is one of the most effective and best tasting remedies for digestive problems, such as colitis and gas. In some Central American countries, it a appropriately called ‘fast relief’


10…Passion Fruit leaves/Maracuya (Passiflora edulis)

Besides producing one of the most exotic and delicious fruits in the tropics, this vine produces leaves containing flavonoids. This tea of these leaves acts as a natural sedative to help stabilize our nervous system when we suffer from anxiety or hyperactivity.


11…Purple Mombin/ Hojas de jocote (Spondias purpurea)

This tropical shrubs is known for its tasty fruit and tangy flavoursome leaves, but the leaves are also rich in iron, making this an excellent tea for anemia.


12…Roselle/Rosa de Jamaica (Hibiscus sabdafiffa)
Diuretic, cholesterol, Vitamin C, antioxidant

This is one of the most popular and widely drunk beverages in the world. This tangy tea is made from the calyx of this hibiscus flower. The delightfully red tea is diuretic, lowers cholesterol, and is rich inVitamin C, making it an ideal, everyday drink . It may be sweetened and drunk hot or cold


13…Sarsaparrilla/ Zarzaparrilla (Smilax spp)
Impotency, infertility, rheumatism, gout, strengthening tonic, kidneys stone

This vine belongs to one of the most popularly used plant families in the world for problem related to fertility. Indigenous people in Central America have used this powerful root for the same purpose and as a general strengthening tonic.


14…Senna/Saragundi (Senna reticulata)

Today many people suffer from inconsistent bowel movements. This Senna leaf tea relieves constipation. There are several related species of Senna which have been used by cultures around the world for their effective laxative properties.


15…Sour Sop leaves/Hojas de Guanabana (Annona muricata)

The delectable fruit of this plant is a treat for those visiting the tropics, and the leaves make a tea that acts as a sedative and relieves headaches. Preclinical studies in the USA have demonstrated a potential that substances in this plant attack cancerous cells without affecting healthy body cells.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

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