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Draining herbal tea

What is a draining herbal tea?

The draining herbal tea is an extract of medicinal plants and herbs with a diuretic action and mainly composed of mineral salts and fibers. It is a valid substitute for drugs against water retention because it exploits the properties of various plants that naturally carry out the same actions. A draining herbal tea can be composed of a limited number of plants, no more than five, in order to avoid that it has too mild effects because the ingredients are present in low quantities or to generate contrasting effects because they are too numerous. The methods of preparation must take into account the types of the set of plants in order not to lose their therapeutic properties. To extract the beneficial substances of plants, the solvent property of water is used, hot in the case of infusions and decoctions and cold in the case of macerated plants.

Usefulness of draining herbal teas


The draining herbal tea is known as an effective natural solution to water retention problems. Also used to purify the body, it is also indicated for premenstrual syndrome or predisposition to kidney stones and kidney stones, for urinary pathologies (cystitis, infections, kidney stones) and extra urinary (arterial hypertension or heart failure edema). The swelling in the legs and belly, the headache and irritability typical of PMS can be alleviated by some plants with a draining and relaxing effect that help eliminate the toxins of the accumulations of lipids: when losing weight and the toxins of the lipids are released herbal teas counteract the body’s natural reaction to accumulate more fat to protect itself, as well as relieving the sense of hunger. Mineral salts,

Plants with a draining action


The plants that can treat the excessive accumulation of liquids, for example in the edema of the lower limbs from venous insufficiency and cellulite, are the red vine or the gotu kola. Bearberry, with its antiseptic action, and chamomile with its decongestant and antispastic properties are excellent for urinary infections. The plants that perform a sweetening action are lemon balm, verbena, mint, licorice, green anise, orange, basil, fennel and jasmine. The most used parts of the plants with draining action are these: the aerial parts (part of the plant that grows above the ground) of the horsetail and pilosella, the flowering plant and the roots of the nettle, the leaves of the birch and of the ‘orthosiphon, the root of the dandelion and the spiny ononide,

Draining herbal tea: How to prepare a homemade herbal tea


There are three methods to prepare a herbal tea: with the infusion, leaving the plants in boiling water for ten to fifteen minutes; with the decoction, boiling the hardest parts of the plant (for example the bark) with water over low heat for five or six minutes, and then filtering them; with maceration, leaving the parts of the plant in cold water for a long period of time. Plants should never be boiled in order not to lose the beneficial principles. When taking draining herbal teas it is good to reduce the sodium intake (never exceed 2 grams per day). An excellent draining herbal tea to prepare at home is the one with weed, birch root, goldenrod leaves, ononide, licorice root: an infusion is prepared to be taken up to three times a day ( About 250 ml). Herbal tea with horsetail, corn beards,

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