We are coming into the fall months when the cold and flu season begins, so we are going to explore Gramma’s Cure Tea as one that everyone should have in their pantries. This is a wonderful tea to give the immune system a needed boost. The detoxifying herbs in this tea formula are very supportive in cleansing the blood. Clean blood is the goal, because that is what will support healthy living and life.
Rooibos is from South Africa, it is a caffeine free tea that is fermented in the drying process, which gives it its red color. Full of antioxidants, it protects against free radicals, may help improve heart health, reduce bad cholesterol, regulate blood glucose levels, help with skin conditions, maintain brain function, may also be an appetite stimulant, improve sleep, alleviate allergies, and relieve headaches (1). Rooibos has free radical compounds of aspalathin, luteolin, and quercetin. This tea also contains iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium (1).
Caution– When making, always use boiling water, because it will kill any possibility of salmonella. Some batches have been reported to have it on the dried leaves, but it is killed in the tea making process if boiling water is used when making. Rooibos may increase liver enzymes, and may stimulate estrogenic activity, so if you have liver problems, or at risk for developing breast cancer, consult your doctor first. If pregnant or breastfeeding, consult with your doctor before using Rooibos.
Red Clover is one of my favorite herbs because of its ability to minimize hot flashes. It also fights infection, purifies the blood, is expectorant, antispasmodic, and has relaxing effects. It is good for bacterial infections, coughs, bronchitis, inflamed lungs, inflammatory bowel disorder, kidney problems, liver disease, skin disorders, and weakened immune system. Red Clover contains 17 different phytochemicals, including beta-carotene, caffic acid, and salicilic acid. Red clover also “contains calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B3, C, and E.” (2)
Dandelion Root cleanses the blood and increases bile production. It helps improve the function of the kidney, pancreas, spleen, and stomach. It may also relive menopause symptoms. Some say that it is useful for anemia, abscesses, boils, tumors, cirrhosis of the liver, constipation, fluid retention, hepatitis, jaundice, and rheumatism (2). It is believed help prevent age spots and breast cancer. Dandelion Is loaded with phytochemicals such as leutin, Beta Carotene, and seven others. It also “contains calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C” (2).
Caution– Do not combine dandelion root with prescription diuretics. It is not recommended for people with gallstones or bilary tract obstruction.
Burdock Root is an antioxidant. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It may relieve gout and menopausal symptoms. It detoxifies by aiding in the elimination of uric acid in the body. Uric acid build up happens when we eat too much red meat, consume alcohol, or eat rich foods such as donuts, or gravies, which are loaded with purines. Burdock is a restorative herb, restoring proper function of the liver, gall bladder, and immune system. Burdock root contains a plethora of phytochemicals, including caffeic acid, inulin, beta carotene, and many more! Also contains “amino acids, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C.” (2).
Caution– Should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, people with diabetes, or those with cardiovascular conditions. There are some sources that say that it interferes with iron absorption when taken internally, while other herbal sources claim that it can be taken for a long period of time with no contraindications of any kind. Here is the bottom line: It is the synergy of the herbs working in combination together, and not in huge amounts that makes this Gramma’s Cure Tea so effective. Take the precautions into consideration, but also check with your doctor if you have any doubts.
Stevia is the sweetening ingredient in our Gramma’s Cure Tea! We do not want it too sweet, so just enough is added to our formula. Stevia is not just a sugar substitute, it is medicine as well! If taken in a natural form, stevia can alleviate blood pressure, benefit weight loss, help prevent cancer, aid in managing diabetes, is useful in treating eczema and dermatitis, boost bone health and reduce risk of osteoporosis, and help prevent cavities and gingivitis. Nutritionally, stevia has calcium, potassium, beta-carotene, magnesium, iron, fiber, vitamin e, and vitamin c. It is 40 times sweeter than sugar due to the steviosides, steviolbioside, rebaudiosides A-E, and dulcoside. What a wonderful herb to add to your regimen! One that is a food, and a medicine all in one.
Orange Peel is known for its affect on our mood and well being, it is excellent for those who are down or dealing with depression. What a wonderful lift it can give when not feeling well. Nutritionally, it contains “folate, folic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, Thiamine, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Alpha Tocopherol, Calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, zinc, and protein” (3). Orange peel also contains components that are anti-cancer, anti-allergy, protect against rheumatoid arthritis, and heart healthy.
As we can see, anyone looking for a boost to the immune system, digestive system, or a good detox of the blood stream and internal organs will benefit from Gramma’s Cure Tea. Stop by Herbs4You and stock up today before the flu season begins, and give your body the support it needs to ward off sickness before it hits hard.
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2. Balch, Phyllis A. (2010) Prescription for Nutritional Healing: The A-to-Z Guide to Supplements. 5th ed., Avery Publishing Group