An old saying declares “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If that’s true, this tea is worth its weight in gold.
My Immune Booster Tea contains Pau d’arco bark, Echinacea, licorice root, cardamom, cats claw, dandelion, black pepper, calendula, berries, hibiscus, apple, honeybush and stevia, according to the label.
“Pau d’arco is known to strengthen immune system[s], especially [those] weakened by CFS, ME, FMS, Candida, oral thrush, vaginal yeast infection, cancer/tumors, viruses such as HIV, antibiotic use, steroid use,” writes owner Donna Yarema Stroh. “It contains compounds such as lapacho–fights viruses, parasites, fungus, flu, herpes, fever, polio, [and] shingles.”
Echinacea, according to a University of Connecticut study, can reduce the chances of catching a cold and shorten a cold’s duration.
Licorice root, according to The Herb Book by Dr. John Lust, “is primarily used in medicine for bronchial problems, coughs, hoarseness, mucous congestion, etc. It can also be taken for stomach problems, such as peptic ulcers, bladder and kidney ailments.”
Cardamon, according to Lust, is a stomach tonic.
Cats claw, according to Stroh, “reduces inflammation [and] enhances [the] immune system”.
Dandelion, according to Osage traditional healer LoHaWaTi AnKa’s book Osage Medicine: Ancestral Herbs and the Illnesses They Treat, “has been used by the Osage for many generations to relieve pain and pressure from rheumatism. It allows quick relief and total use of hands and limbs in a short time.”
Black pepper, according to Stroh, is used to promote blood circulation and increase the metabolism.
Calendula, Lust writes, is an antispasmodic useful for treating gastrointestinal problems, fever, and recurrent vomiting.
Berries are packed with vitamins.
Hibiscus, according to Lust, is a stomach and nerve tonic and an antispasmodic.
Apples are good for rheumatism, according to Lust.
Honeybush has anti-diabetic properties, according to South African study.
Stevia is a natural sweetener with “anti-hyperglycemic, anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-diarrheal, diuretic, and immunomodulatory actions,” according to a Thai study.
Stroh said this tea is “great hot or iced”. It tastes strongly of peaches and berries, and due to the stevia does not need any sweetening. It’s enjoyable to drink. For that, it earns four stars.
You can–and should–buy this tea for $9.99 at TeaPots n Treasures at 7 East Market Street. It makes a useful addition to any herbal medicine kit.