Prunella vulgaris tea is made from the dried ears of Prunella vulgaris, which is known as self-heal and heal-all. Prunella vulgaris is called Xia Ku Cao in Chinese Pinyin and is traditional Chinese medicine.
Prunella vulgaris tea is a kind of traditional Chinese herbal health tea. It is often used to clear heat and detoxicate.
Prunella vulgaris has strong adaptability, and there are few pests and diseases during its whole growth process. It is mainly distributed in China, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Europe, North Africa, and other places.
The flowering period of Prunella vulgaris is from April to June. In summer, from July to August, it will enter the fruiting period, and its flower ears will wither. Therefore, it is called Xia Ku Cao in China. Xia means “summer”; Ku means “wither”; Cao means “grass”.
Prunella vulgaris is harvested in summer. When its ears become brown, it can be harvested. After removing impurities and drying in the sun, it can be used as traditional Chinese medicine.
Prunella vulgaris has a long medicinal history. The medicinal value of it is recorded in many Chinese medicinal books, such as <Compendium of Materia Medica>, <Shennong Ben Cao Jing>, <Chinese Pharmacopoeia>, etc.
In many herbal tea formulations, Prunella vulgaris is also one of the important raw materials. Herbal tea is also one of the favorite drinks of modern people. After the edible value of Prunella vulgaris was discovered, its demand began to increase year by year.
Prunella vulgaris tea is the earliest dietary therapy of Prunella vulgaris. Chinese tea culture is the same as traditional Chinese medicine culture. As long as it is a beneficial plant, it can be made into tea.
1. How to make Prunella vulgaris tea
According to personal taste, take an appropriate amount of Prunella vulgaris. Rinse them with clean water and put them in the cup. Add boiling water and steep them for 15 minutes before drinking.
If possible, you can put Prunella vulgaris in a teapot and boil them for 10 minutes. It can better soak the effective substances into the tea.
Prunella vulgaris can be brewed together with chrysanthemum, honeysuckle, etc. They all have the effect of clearing heat and detoxification. In traditional Chinese medicine, there is a prescription called Xia Sang Ju, which is mainly made from Prunella vulgaris, mulberry leaf, and chrysanthemum.
In addition, Prunella vulgaris tea can also be used for cooking porridge and soup.
2. Health benefits of Prunella vulgaris tea
Prunella vulgaris contains complex chemical components, mainly containing triterpenes, glycosides, sterols, flavonoids, coumarins, organic acids, volatile oils, and sugars.
Prunella vulgaris has a wide range of medicinal uses. It can be used to treat red eyes, swelling, headache, dizziness, photophobia, facial distortion, muscle and bone pain, tuberculosis, acute jaundice hepatitis, bleeding, breast cancer, hypertension, and other diseases.
In Western medicine, the effective ingredients contained in Prunella vulgaris are extracted through various extraction methods and used to treat various complex diseases.
Here are the main benefits of Prunella vulgaris tea:
- Clearing the liver
- Treating scrofula
- Treating hypertension
- Treating breast tenderness
- Clearing heat and detoxification
- Treating headache and dizziness
- Detumescence, such as goiter, lymphadenopathy, breast hyperplasia.
- Anti-aging. It contains rutin, which has the effect of scavenging free radicals to prevent the body from aging.
- Antimicrobial and Anti-inflammation. It has an inhibitory effect on dysentery bacillus, typhoid bacillus, Vibrio cholera, Escherichia coli, etc.
3. Side effects of Prunella vulgaris tea
Although the medicinal range of Prunella vulgaris is very wide, it is not all beneficial without any harm.
The medicinal property of Prunella vulgaris is cold. People with weak spleen and stomach are not suitable for long-term drinking of Prunella vulgaris tea, otherwise, it will cause diarrhea and other symptoms.
A few people are allergic to Prunella vulgaris. Drinking it may cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, papula, etc.
It is not suitable for pregnant women and menstrual women to drink Prunella vulgaris tea.