Cranberry tea beneficial properties
Cranberries refers to such wonderful plants, which are useful not only berries, but the leaves. The latter are used in the treatment and medicine even more due to the fact that their is not difficult to find, collect, easy to prepare and easy to store for a long time. From sweet and sour berries can be cooked jam or compote, and you can just be eaten raw. Of the dried leaves obtained medicinal tea, quite a drug which helps people with various diseases of the kidneys, urinary tract and even diabetes.
In medicine, the leaves of bilberry primarily used for the manufacture of
diuretics, laxative and cholagogue. Brewed at home cranberry tea and its beneficial properties are not much behind pharmacy preparatov, the effect is about the same – you can perfectly clean your body. The leaves contain a substance, such as arbutin, which is an antiseptic, which is needed in diseases of the bladder and urinary tract.
The infusion of cowberry leaf and generally cranberry tea is often prescribed for such diseases as cystitis, pyelonephritis, and urolithiasis. Tea helps with swelling during pregnancy, but in this critical period should be particularly carefully control the strength of the infusion, not to provoke the tone of the uterus.
The composition of lingonberry sheet also includes useful acids, e.g., benzoic, and through which is achieved by anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect, so you can use cranberries to treat various infections.
But you should not rely only on cranberries during treatment for something serious, despite all the beneficial properties, cranberry tea is not a substitute for medicines prescribed by a doctor – do not self-medicate.
You should not drink cranberry tea for people with low blood pressure or prone to it.
Also considered a contraindication to renal failure, and generally in all kidney diseases consult with your doctor.
Not recommended at high acidity of the stomach.
Pregnancy is not a contraindication, but the boiled leaves of bilberry may cause uterine tone, so if you have had such problems, it is best to refrain from tea.
Not recommended for children under 12 years.
Where to collect and dry the cranberries
The easiest way to find cranberries in a coniferous forest. A small Bush seeks to match the same environment and evergreen, as growing near pine trees. Thickets cranberries usually occupy a large area, maybe even several kilometers. Cranberries by the summer begins to bloom with small white or white-pink flowers, which are very much like bees. Beekeepers also love cranberries, pollen turns out very tasty, tender and transparent honey. In September ready to go for berries, which also contains a huge amount of vitamins and minerals. They can be eaten just like that, but you can make jam or compote.
To prepare cranberry tea, not the berries, and the leaves of this plant. Collect them more often before flowering, around the beginning of may. But there is another option – to collect the leaves in September, after harvesting until the plant is still green, but the leaves usually dry a little longer. In the middle of summer and in the process of flowering to harvest the leaves is not recommended, as during this period increased the likelihood that they will turn black and begin to rot if you try to dry them. It is convenient to assemble the whole sprigs, important not to pull the plant up by the roots, so that it can benefit next year too.
Collected should be placed on a clean and level surface in a thin layer in a well ventilated area, but without drafts and not in direct sunlight. Be sure to turn often and after a few days the leaves will dry up.
Faster way – in a special dryer or in the oven. The temperature for drying should be 50 degrees. Thus, it is possible to dry the leaves of the cowberry in just 4-5 hours.
If you have no opportunity to collect and dried cranberries on your own, go to the nearest pharmacy.
How to make tea from the cranberries
The cranberry tea is quite specific taste and he rarely someone like that, so without the need to not drink, I drink for medicinal purposes small courses for 1-2 weeks with a break of a minimum of one month.
The basic recipe:
You will need 1 teaspoon of lingonberry leaves per 200 ml of boiling water. Leave the tea to infuse for 10-15 minutes, strain the tea and will be ready for use. Don’t need to drink the whole Cup at once, you can drink the broth throughout the day, best before meals.
Tea enhanced anti-inflammatory action:
In addition to bilberry possesses anti-inflammatory properties and also rosehips, therefore, for enhanced effect, you can combine these plants. The rosehip is a great source of vitamin C, that will certainly speed up the recovery process. Be prepared that the tea will be even and diuretic.
1 teaspoon of leaves, cranberries, 1 teaspoon of rosehip, 200 ml of boiling water.
The previous version of tea is great for edema, and can be drunk during pregnancy, most doctors do recommend this method.
The second version of the drink for the removal of excess fluid from the body like this:
A few cranberries, 1 teaspoon of bilberry, 200 ml of boiling water.
Chop cranberries in a blender or just mash with a fork, separately boil the cranberries the most basic recipe and strain. To the strained infusion of cranberries, add cranberries. You can add sugar to taste.