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Draining herbal teas
Against the excesses of a lifestyle that leads us more and more to introduce into our bodies substances that damage its original purity, an effective and pleasant antidote can be the preparation of a draining herbal tea. The herbal teas differ from infusions and decoctions because in order to obtain them not only the tender parts of the plants are used, that is flowers and leaves, as in the case of the infusion, nor only the woody parts, ie roots, seeds and bark, as in the case of decoction. The herbal tea totally exploits the curative potential of the plant, using both, to enhance both the flavor of the drink and its properties. The draining herbal teas in particular have the ability to purify our body and eliminate the annoying water retention. But let us look more closely at the characteristics of these formidable and very simple preparations.
When to use draining herbal teas
Draining herbal teas can be an incredible cure-all in the event of discomfort related to premenstrual syndrome. If we are predisposed to the formation of kidney stones or gravel, a draining herbal tea may be appropriate. After consulting the doctor, it can become an excellent garrison to combine traditional medicines in the treatment of some frequent diseases that afflict the urinary tract, such as infections, cystitis and kidney stones. Some collateral and however beneficial properties mainly concern the treatment of edema due to heart failure and the control of arterial hypertension.
The main plants with draining properties
The main plants with draining properties from which it is possible to obtain an excellent herbal tea are: the asparagus, of which the rhizome and roots are used, the birch, whose leaves constitute the useful part for our preparation, of the cherry tree we will take instead peduncles of the fruits, of the horsetail the aerial parts. The same thing we will do with the pilosella. Of the ash tree we will use the leaves and seeds, of the weed we will pick the rhizome, of the corn the stigmas also called in the popular jargon "maize beards", of the orthosifon the leaves, of the spiny ononide the root, of the nettle the inflorescence roots, parsley, areas, roots and roots, dandelion, root, and golden rod, we will take flowering tops.
A quality herbal tea can also be prepared with only one of the ingredients listed above, and with a maximum of four or five herbs. For this reason it is advisable to consult your herbalist rather than buying them from the supermarket shelves. The commercial preparations in fact consist of mixtures of an often disproportionate number of plants, some of which are chosen not so much for their effective draining utility, but for the commercial fascination they exercise with the complicity of a bad information near the great consumer of the supermarket.
The first recipe that we will propose has as ingredients one fifth of gramigna grass root, one fifth of birch root, one fifth of gold-flowered top, one fifth of ononide root and one fifth of licorice root. For every liter of water we will use twenty grams of this fragrant preparation. Recall that for an herbal tea prepared in a workmanlike manner it is necessary to pour the water left to boil previously directly on the herbaceous preparation, leave to infuse at least ten minutes in a covered container so as not to disperse the aromas in the air, leave cool and sweeten to taste with sugar or honey. The dose to be taken daily in the case of this herbal tea is three cups of 250 ml possibly consumed away from the main meals.
Another delicious recipe to warm our winters but particularly thirst quenching even in the hottest seasons, it is prepared using thirty grams of powdered horsetail, thirty grams of corn beards, thirty grams of bearberry leaves and ten grams of leaves peppermint. This preparation requires a longer infusion time than the others, reaching around twenty / thirty minutes. However, the dose indicated is three cups a day away from meals. This drink is particularly suitable for urinary tract infections.
The ideal herbal tea to lose weight is the one prepared with thirty grams of fucus thallus, thirty grams of chopped green tea leaves and thirty grams of birch. Once you have prepared or had your herbalist prepare this fragrant herbal mix, just use a shaved kitchen spoon for each cup of boiling water. Given the renowned efficacy of this preparation, two cups a day will be consumed as usual in the mid-morning or mid-afternoon.
Because of their ability to act actively on the human organism, draining herbal teas if taken without due care can accompany their beneficial effects with some contraindications. For this reason it is good practice to always consult your doctor or pharmacist instead of self-describing these remedies. In particular, the intake of draining herbal teas is not recommended during pregnancy and lactation or at least to be undertaken only after medical advice. Also the consumption by children or people with particular health problems can cause some problems, up to the most serious cases in which some organs of the digestive system are damaged. In particular, birch can not be used by those suffering from aspirin allergy or equivalent drugs, or those suffering from kidney failure. The orthosifon can not be combined with traditional medicines against kidney failure, the weed can cause allergic reactions so before venturing into the consumption of a cup of herbal tea, it may be useful to taste a very small dose to check its effects. Simultaneously with the use of draining herbal teas, it is strongly advised against the intake of herbal preparations based on sage due to a bad interaction between these components. It is also very important to respect the suggested doses: never exceed three cups a day. Moreover, if the draining herbal teas are an excellent defense against cellulite problems and water retention, as years of field tests show, it is rather naive to hope that they alone can be the only remedy for these problems. In fact, the best way to preserve oneself from this kind of discomfort is to lead a moderate and healthy lifestyle, taking a lot of fluids and carrying out a regular and beneficial physical activity. In this way we can guarantee our muscular tissues a good degree of tone and consequently improve our blood circulation, avoiding the stagnation of liquids inside our body. Some precautions will also be necessary in the kitchen: lovers of particularly seasoned dishes will have to make some waivers, limiting the consumption of salt on the dishes.