Tea of the Week: Inflammation-Reducing Tea

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This week we got a little creative and invented a new herbal blend. We’re calling it the Inflammation-Reducing Tea. This tea was prepared with Longan leaves, Guanabana leaves and tea bags of a “Lotus embryo” blend: Lian Zi Cha, a Chinese cleansing herbal tea. See our coverage of the amazing properties of all of these herbs. The final tea had a pleasant taste, typically we recommend not adding any sugars so as to not alter the beneficial qualities and nourishment that the tea can provide.

About the ingredients:

Lian Zi Cha Cleansing Herbal Tea. According to the makers of the herbal tea bag blend, Lotus embryo is known as Lian tze xin in Chinese. The Lotus embryo tea (Lian Zi Cha) is made of dried green embryo from the seed pods of the plant Nelumbo nucifera of the Nymphaeaceae family. The tea has a slightly bitter flavor. The maker of this tea blend package is Royal King, Inc. but the tea is readily available by name in Chinatown, NYC. For more information about lotus embryo see our coverage under the community knowledge of plants under the research tab.

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Guanabana (Soursop) leaves. Whole leaves were used in this recipe. Guanabana leaves are said to be the most medicinal part of the plant, according to some. The leaves contain many incredible anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties when taken as tea. They are said to be rich in several compounds including protein, calcium, fructose, fat, vitamins A and B. It boosts the immune system, aids in eczema, skin disorders, infections and diabetes. For more, check out our full coverage here.

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Longan leaves. Whole leaves were used in this recipe. Longan, also known as Dragon’s eye is similar in appearance to the Caribbean limoncillo, however the seed inside is smaller and noir giving it its name, and the meat is more translucent-fleshy than stringy, like the limoncillo. Longan is said to have anti-inflammatory properties. The leaves of the longan tree contain quercetin which has antiviral and antioxidant properties. They are therefore used to treat various cancers, allergies as well as in treatment for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. For more information, see our coverage on Longan under the community knowledge of plants.

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Please note that a non-pharmocologist prepared this blend. Therefore we take no responsibility for readers duplicating this recipe at home!

Additional resources:

http://www.blackherbals.com/graviola_leaf.htm

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-soursop-leaves-for-skin-hair-and-health/

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