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(Date Posted:02/19/2009 20:50 PM)
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Herbal Tea for Medicine and Health

Herbal tea is a generic term for tea made from herbs instead of tea leaves from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis). Herbal tea can be made from just about any herb in existence.

Herbal tea is also known as tisane. The name notes that the tea is not made from tea leaves.

Herbal tea can be made from fresh or dried flowers, leaves, seeds or roots. The tea is usually made by pouring warm to boiling water over the plant parts and allowing the mixture to brew for several minutes. If seeds or roots are used, they are often boiled separately on a stove before being used to make the tea.

The majority of herbal teas have medicinal properties.

Varieties of herbal tea

There are many varieties of herbal tea. Some of these include:

  • Blackberry Tea
    Made from the blackberry bushes that grow in parts of Europe and North America, Blackberry Tea has many health benefits, including use as a treatment for diarrhea.
  • Colon Cleansing Tea
    Amongst other things, Colon Cleansing Tea is said to reduce food intolerance, weight and cellulite, improve skin appearance and energy, and enhance the immune system.
  • Dandelion Tea
    Made from the leaves of the dandelion plant, this tea can improve liver function, remove gall stones and alleviate skin complaints. Learn about the properties, health benefits and preparation of Dandelion Tea.
  • Essiac Tea
    Originally invented as a herbal cancer treatment, learn about the history and ingredients of Essiac Tea.
  • Fruit Tea
    Fruit juices can be combined with tea to create new and unique flavors. Learn about the varieties and preparation of Fruit Tea.
  • Ginseng Tea
    The root of the ginseng plant is noted for its ability to strengthen the body's resistance against stress. Learn all about Ginseng Tea - from its appearance and taste, to its varieties and health benefits.
  • Kombucha Tea
    Made from sweet tea and the Kombucha mushroom, learn about the properties and heath issues surrounding Kombucha Tea.
  • Mormon Tea
    One of the world's oldest medicines and a well known folk remedy for a number of ailments, learn about the characteristics and health benefits of Mormon Tea, otherwise known as Ma Huang.
  • Mushroom Tea
    Often taken for its hallucinogenic effects, learn about the properties, effects and preparation of Mushroom Tea.
  • Pennyroyal Tea
    Renowned as a folk medicine most famously used to induce abortions, learn about the properties, medicinal uses and health warnings of using Pennyroyal Tea.
  • Poppy Tea
    An ancient remedy that has been used for thousands of years as a pain reliever and relaxant, learn about the properties and uses of Poppy Tea.
  • Rooibos Tea (Red Tea)
    A very popular variety of caffeine-free tea with a unique red appearance, learn about the properties and health benefits of Rooibos Tea.
  • Wiccan Tea
    Followers of the Wiccan belief use these herb mixtures in cleansing and blessing rituals. Learn about the properties and rituals of Wiccan Tea.

Other varieties of herbal tea include: 

  • Blueberry tea: Dried leaves from the blueberry plant are used to make this variety of herbal tea. Blueberry tea is used to help inflamed kidneys and increase the flow of urine.
  • Kava: The root of the plant, from the South Pacific, is used for relaxation purposes. It is also known to promote talkativeness in drinkers.
  • Persimmon tea: Dried, crushed leaves are used to make a strongly-tasting tea, rich in Vitamin C.
  • Peppermint tea: Fresh or dried leaves can be used to make a refreshing-tasting tea, recommended for after-dinner consumption.
  • Rosehip tea: A handful of rosehips, brewed for 10 minutes, is said to be beneficial for colds and influenza. The tea has a tart taste, and the rosehips can be used fresh or dried.

Blackberry Tea

Blackberry tea is made from the blackberry bushes that grow in parts of Europe and North America. Blackberry tea can be drunk hot or cold, and is best known as a soothing remedy for diarrhea.

Blackberry tea is labeled as a black tea. The tea usually contains a mixture of dried leaves and berries. It has a piquant, sweet and fruity taste. The tea is bright amber. Milk and sugar can be mixed into blackberry tea, but it is also acceptable to drink the tea by itself.

Two different plants are used for the harvesting of blackberry tea. In North America, the Rubus Canadensis is the variety most commonly used. In Europe, Rubus Fruticosus is the preferred plant.

Health benefits of blackberry tea

Blackberry has long been known for its healing properties. The Ancient Greeks called the plant "goutberry" as it was used to lessen gout-related joint pint. More recently, travelers would use blackberry to treat loose stools.

Blackberry tea is able to sooth the symptoms of diarrhea because it contains tannin, which is present in high concentrations in the plant's leaves and roots. Tannin has astringent qualities - that is, it is able to draw together or constrict tissues. Tannin is able to tighten the tissues along the intestinal track, reducing the chance of diarrhea. Blackberry tea can also help prevent dehydration by replenishing lost fluids during a bout of diarrhea.

Tannin is also known for its ability to help DNA cells reproduce accurately, thus preventing abnormalities from forming. Blackberry tea can therefore be helpful in the prevention of cancer and heart disease.

Another use for blackberry tea is as a gargle for sore throats. Blackberry tea can also be used to compress varicose veins and hemorrhoids, due to the astringent quality of tannin.

Blackberry tea usage

For diarrhea, it is recommended that blackberry tea be drunk six times a day. One teaspoon of leaves should be used per cup of hot water, and the leaves should be steeped for fifteen minutes.

Blackberry tea should only be used for cases of short-term diarrhea. It is not recommended that blackberry tea is used for Crohn's disease, or other chronic gastro-intestinal diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

There are no known drug or nutrient interactions associated with blackberry, making blackberry tea safe to use alongside other treatments and food.

Forms of blackberry tea

Blackberry tea is available both in loose-leaf form and in teabags. However, care must be taken when buying blackberry tea. Some tea are merely blackberry-flavored tea and do not contain the tannin that gives blackberry tea its healing properties.

Colon Cleansing Tea

Colon cleansing tea is tea used for cleansing the colon. Colon cleansing is a process where the colon is cleansed of various build-ups. The process is said to reduce food intolerance, weight and cellulite, improve skin appearance and energy, and enhance the immune system.

Principles behind colon cleansing tea

Colon cleansing comes from the belief that an over-burdened colon can cause illnesses in people. The colon is a main organ responsible for ridding the body of waste, and when it is not functioning properly, waste may accumulate and slowly poison the body.

According to the principle of colon cleansing that any waste that has not been expelled is reabsorbed into the body. The accumulation of wastes is said to expand the colon and interfere with nutritional absorption. A person therefore may be eating adequate food but is not absorbing it properly because of these wastes.

The primary objective of colon cleansing is to remove these wastes, and also to reduce stagnation within the colon. Stagnation in the colon creates the ideal environment for parasites, worms and bacteria to grow, which can further sicken the body.

Properties of colon cleansing tea

Colon cleansing tea is intended to have a laxative effect on the bowels, and also helps detoxify the body. The tea is also intended to calm the nervous system and sooth the kidneys.

Colon cleansing tea usually contains a mixture of herbs and plants, chosen for their calming and laxative properties. These herbs and plants also help in the assimilation of nutrients. Amongst these herbs are:

Rhamnus purshiana bark, which can strength the lower bowels and promote effective evacuation.

Berberis vulgaris bark, an Indian plant that can quicken the digestive system and strengthens bowel muscles.

Cassia Senna leaf, which works on the intestinal wall and the colon.

Capsicum frutescens, which aids in assimilation and elimination.

Health notes on colon cleansing tea

Colon cleansing tea is intended for occasional use only, as it may lose its effectiveness if used frequently. Colon cleansing tea should be used for no longer than two weeks.

Colon cleansing tea can be exhausting on the body, as it simulates purging. Colon cleansing tea may also cause nausea, cramping and diarrhea.

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Dandelion Tea

Dandelion tea is tea made from the leaves of the dandelion plant. The dandelion plant is a thick, brittle, beige and branching plant with milky sap. The name "dandelion" comes from its seed heads, which are white and are reminiscent of a lion's mane.

Dandelion tea is said to have several health benefits, including improving liver function, removing gall stones and reduces the inflammation of the bile duct.

Dandelion tea has a strong, intense and bitter taste and therefore is usually sweetened before being drunk. 

Health benefits of dandelion tea

Dandelion tea uses the leaves of the dandelion plant, and the leaves are highly nutritious.  

The leaves contain several vitamins and minerals to promote well-being. Dandelion leaves contains more beta-carotene than carrots, which is important for improving a person's ability to see in dim light. The leaves contain iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc, as well as vitamins B-1, B-2, B-5, B-6, B-12, C, D, E, and P.

Due to the existence of vitamin E, dandelion tea can be used to alleviate skin complaints. Vitamin E can help encourage the growth of body issue and protects cells from damage, therefore promoting healing and reducing scarring. 

Preparation of dandelion tea

The best time to harvest the leaves to make dandelion tea is spring, before the flowers appear. Another time is late fall, as after a frost their protective bitterness disappears.  

The best plants to use for dandelion tea are young plants with broad leaves, growing in rich, moist soil.

Six dandelion leaves should be used for one cup of tea. The leaves should be torn into strips first, before being placed onto the bottom of the cup. Boiling water should then be poured into the cup, and the tea should be left to stand for 5-10 minutes. 

After standing, the tea should be strained before drinking. For a sweeter tasting tea, add one teaspoon of honey or sugar.

Unsweetened dandelion tea may be cooled and applied as a skin wash. The skin wash can be used on minor scars and inflammations.

Essiac Tea

Essiac tea is a herbal cancer treatment developed by Renee Caisse in 1922. The name 'Essiac' is 'Caisse' in reverse. 

Caisse claimed that the formula for Essiac tea was given by a patient whose breast cancer was cured by drinking tea made from the same formula.

Essiac tea is said to prevent new cancer cells from forming and destroys already-existing cancer cells. 

Essiac tea has four main herbs - burdock, Indian rhubarb, sorrel and slippery elm. 

There are several anecdotal stories about the effectiveness of Essiac tea in combating cancer. Caisse herself opened a clinic for over twenty years prescribing Essiac tea, and Charles Brusch, John Kennedy's doctor, has been quoted as saying, "Essiac tea has merit in the treatment of cancer."

Some tests on Essiac tea have suggested that it has no affect on cancer cells. However, independent tests on the individual components of Essiac tea have indicated they show anti-cancer properties. 

Essiac tea ingredients

The main ingredients of Essiac tea are burdock, Indian rhubarb, sorrel and slippery elm. 

Burdock is thistle and a common pasture weed throughout North America. In Essiac Tea, the root is used. The root is harvested either in the fall of the first year, or the spring of the second. Burdock is said to increase circulation and detoxify the body.

In several studies, Burdock has been shown to block the growth of tumors. It has also been shown to prevent mutation activity. 

Indian rhubarb has also been shown to block the growth of tumors.

Both Sorrel and Slippery Elm have not yet demonstrated any observable medicinal benefits, but some of the substances contained within these plants are known to have anti-cancer and anti-mutation qualities.  

Sorrel contains aloe emodin, which has been shown to have anti-leukemic qualities, white Slippery Elm contains beta-sitosterol and polysaccharide, which has shown to have anti-cancer qualities.

Sorrel is another common weed found in North America, with narrow pointed leaves and tall spikes of red flowers. The leaves are used for Essiac tea.

Slippery Elm is a tree with whitish branch bark. The bark is used in the making of Essiac tea.

Side effects of Essiac tea

Essiac tea is generally mild, but there are side effects that should be noted. 

The three general side effects are nausea and/or indigestion, intestinal or digestive discomfort and an early increase in the size of the tumor. The nausea and indigestion is caused by eating or drinking too soon before and after taking the tea, while the discomfort is caused by the body attempting to eliminate dissolved toxins.

The increase in tumor size is caused by metastasized (or changed) cells gathering at the original site of the tumor. The size will reduce as the tumor softens.

Fruit Tea

Fruit tea is a generic term for tea that has been made, or has been infused with fruit juices. Orange and apple juices are popular choices for making fruit tea, although just about any fruit juice can be used. The choice of fruit is limited only by the drinker's discretion.

The taste of fruit tea varies between each type of infusion, but generally has a refreshing taste.

Many fruit teas are made in tropical islands, where there is a large selection of fruits. Fruit tea is drunk cold.

Preparing fruit tea

Fruit tea is usually made in multiple servings. Usually 4-6 servings are made.

An easy way to prepare fruit tea is firstly brew the equivalent of 2-3 cups of tea, and then allows the tea to cool in a glass or glazed pitcher. Plastic and metal pitchers are not recommended because they may pass on undesirable flavors.

While the tea is cooling, make 2-4 cups of fruit juice either by manually squeezing fruit, or through a fruit juicer.

When the tea is cooled, pour the juice into the tea and mix well. The tea should be allowed to chill for several hours before serving.

Fruit tea can be topped with slices of fruit or ice.

Health warnings on fruit tea

The majority of fruit tea is safe for consumption, but care should be taken with Fruit Tea made from tropical fruits such as custard apple and pawpaw.

Fruit tea made from custard apple or pawpaw can inflict a disease similar to Parkinson's Disease. The symptoms were often as deadly as the progressive brain disorder, but the age of onset is lower and the disease is resistant to standard Parkinson's Disease treatments.

According to one study, fruit tea made from these fruits contains a toxin that is poisonous to the human nervous system. The fruits contain a natural insecticide that can cause nerve damage.

Examples of symptoms caused by the disease include tremors, rigidity and balance problems.

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(Date Posted:02/19/2009 20:52 PM)

Ginseng Tea

Ginseng Tea is an ancient tea, used by the Chinese and Koreans for thousands of years due to its health benefits. Made from the root of a slow-growing perennial plant with fleshy roots, it is prized for its health benefits.

The name "ginseng" translates as "man root". This name is given for several reasons. Firstly, the root of the plant has the appearance of a person. Secondly, the name refers to the healing properties of the root.

Ginseng Tea has a sharp, coppery taste with a strong aftertaste and a bright yellow appearance. The taste of Ginseng Tea is usually described by Chinese drinkers as "golden".

Varieties of ginseng tea

While the ginseng plant is mainly found in Asia, there is also a North American variety.

The Chinese variety is known for its stimulating qualities, while the North American variety is prized for its calming qualities. Ginseng Tea is mainly made from the North American varieties.

The ginseng used to make Ginseng Tea comes in various forms. The tea can made from the whole root, root slices, as a powder form or in teabags.

Preparing ginseng tea

When making Ginseng Tea, about 2-3 grams of ginseng is required. This equates to about 5-8 slices of ginseng, a teaspoon of powder, or one teabag.

Hot water should be used to prepare the ginseng. The tea should be steeped for at least 4-5 minutes before drinking. The tea can be steeped for longer, depending on the strength required. The longer the tea is steeped, the stronger the taste.

The ginseng can be reused about two or three times. If desired, the ginseng can then be consumed.

Health benefits of ginseng tea

Ginseng tea is said to have multiple health benefits. Different varieties of ginseng tea have different health benefits.

Generally speaking, ginseng tea is prized as an adaptogen - that is, it is a product that increases a body's resistance to stress, while doing no harm. It is said to strengthen the body against disease and infection.

Another benefit of ginseng tea is reducing inflammation from such ailments as rashes and sore throats.

Red ginseng - ginseng that has been heated either through steaming or sun-dried - has been proven to have sexual and anti-cancer benefits. One study showed that red ginseng had a positive effect on impotence. Red ginseng has also been shown to reduce the relapse of gastric cancer.

It is recommended that Ginseng Tea be drunk daily or whenever a person is unwell. While Ginseng Tea can be quite beneficial to a person's health, it should be used to compliment primary treatment and not as a primary cure. Ginseng Tea is intended as a drink to maintain a person's health, or to boost a person's systems when it is under siege. It does not cure diseases and illnesses alone.

Kombucha Tea

Kombucha tea is a fermented tea made from sweet tea and Kombucha mushroom. It also contains a small amount of alcohol, usually around 1%.

Kombucha is a live substance that is technically a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. It is most commonly described as a mushroom, but it is an incorrect description as Kombucha is not a fungus. It has also been described as a lichen.

Kombucha Tea is said to have several health benefits for drinkers.

Kombucha Tea has a sharp taste that may be disagreeable to some.

Properties of Kombucha tea

Kombucha tea contains the following active components:

Lactic acid, which is essential for the digestive system - its lack has been established as indicating susceptibility to cancer.

Acetic acid, which gives Kombucha tea its taste and is also used to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.

Malic acid, which is used in the body's detoxification process.

Oxalic acid, which encourages the cellular production of energy and is a natural preservative.

Gluconic acid, which is effective against yeast infections such as candidiasis and thrush. Gluconic acid works well in conjunction with Butryric acid, an acid produced by yeasts.

Amino acids, which are a group of acids which act as the building blocks of protein. Amino acids is important for building the muscular system, repairing tissues and form antibodies to combat bacteria and viruses.

Enzymes, which are proteins that act as catalysts and boosts the speed at which chemicals are processed in the body.

Kombucha tea also contains vitamins B and C.

Health benefits of Kombucha tea

Proponents of Kombucha tea believe that the tea is able to relieve a large list of ailments and illness. According to users of Kombucha tea, the secret of the tea is not that is acts as a cure, but that it boosts a drinker's body to fight these illnesses.

Health warnings of Kombucha tea

Although rare, severe health complications have occurred in users of Kombucha tea. Amongst these complications are liver damage, metabolic acidosis, cutaneous anthrax infections and deaths.

Metabolic acidosis is caused by an increase in total body acid. This condition can cause kidney failure and coma.

Cutaneous anthrax is an infection of the skin, caused by direct contact with the Bacillius anthracis bacteria. It is rarely fatal but often causes blisters and sores.

Even though these health complications may be rare, caution is recommended before drinking Kombucha tea.

Mormon Tea

Mormon tea is both the name of a small shrub found in the south-western desert of the United States and Mexico, and the tea made from its stems. The stems can be used dried or fresh. The stems are usually pounded into powder form before use.

Mormon tea may also be called Ma Huang, which is a similar plant that grows in China. The names Mormon Tea and Ma Huang are sometimes used interchangeably and may be confused as the same plant. However, the plants are distinct as only the Ma Huang contains a chemical known as ephedrine, which is known to be both a decongestant and a stimulant.

The plant appears like a thicket of green, jointed stems with conspicuous nodes and small, scale-like leaves.

The name Mormon Tea most likely comes from its use by Mormon settlers as a caffeine-free thirst quencher.

Mormon tea has a sharp and penetrating taste that can be confronting at first taste, but most drinkers have described it as surprisingly refreshing.

Health benefits of mormon tea

Mormon Tea and Ma Huang are used for many folk remedies. Ma Huang, in particular, is one of the world's oldest medicines.

Firstly, Ma Huang is known as a decongestant, due its high concentrations of ephedrine. It is said to open the bronchial passages, and is recommended for use to treat asthma, hay fever and the congestion due to colds and flu.

Ma Huang is also known to stimulate the heart, increase blood pressure, metabolism rate and urine production. Mormon tea contains a chemical known as norpseudoephedrine, which is a stronger central nervous system stimulant than ephedrine.

As a central nervous system stimulant, Ma Huang increases the metabolic rate, meaning that it stimulates the body to burn calories faster. Ma Huang may therefore help in weight reduction.

Ma Huang is also useful in women's health. It causes uterine contractions and is useful in initiating menstruation.

Ma Huang should not be used if heart diseases, diabetes, glaucoma or over-active thyroid gland has also been diagnosed, as its stimulant qualities may exacerbate these conditions. Ma Huang should also not be used by pregnant women, due to its ability to cause contractions. Both Ma Huang and Mormon Tea may also cause insomnia, and therefore should be taken early in the day.

As Mormon Tea does not contain ephedrine, its medicinal use is limited to being a stimulant.

Using Ma Huang and Mormon Tea

To take advantage of Ma Huang and Mormon, it is recommended that one teaspoon of dried Ma Huang (or powdered Mormon Tea) is used per cup. When the water is boiled, the tea should be brewed for 10-15 minutes before consumption. Up to two cups should be consumed per day.

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Mushroom Tea

Mushroom tea is tea brewed from mushrooms. Mushroom tea is a generic term for tea brewed from any mushroom, but generally the term is used to refer to tea made from "magic mushrooms".

"Magic mushrooms" is a colloquial term for any mushrooms that contain a high concentration of psilocybine and psilocine. These chemicals cause hallucinations when taken.

Mushroom tea tends to affect the user after around 30 minutes of consumption. Users generally feel relaxed initially, then euphoric before the visualizations begin. This state usually lasts about five hours.

Mushroom tea can intensify existing emotions, as well as heighten a person's awareness.

Mushroom tea may be difficult to drink on its own, due to its unpleasant taste. Most users therefore drink mushroom tea as a mixture along with tea and spices.

Preparation of mushroom tea

There are several methods of preparing mushroom tea.

The most basic preparation of mushroom tea is to chop or crush a small handful of mushrooms, then boil a cup of water to boiling point. The water is poured over the tea and is allowed to brew for 5-10 minutes. The tea is then strained and the liquid is drunk.

Another method to prepare mushroom tea is to prepare the tea as described above, then mix the liquid with licorice tea, fresh ginger and a small amount of orange juice. The ginger helps settle the stomach and reduces nausea, while the orange juice helps mask the unpleasant taste of mushroom tea.

As mushroom tea is a stimulant, it is recommended that a non-caffeine tea is used. Caffeine is also a stimulant and, when mixed with mushroom tea, may over-stimulate the nervous system and cause unpleasant experiences.

Typically two infusions of mushroom tea can be made from one batch of mushrooms.

Health warnings with mushroom tea

Mushroom tea should be taken with care. It can sensitize a person's mind and emotions, and hence should be taken only when a person is emotionally stable. Users in the midst of psychological and/or emotional upheaval may find taking mushroom tea distressing. Hallucinations during times of such upheaval may be disturbing.

Mushroom tea can also cause nausea and vomiting.

Pennyroyal Tea

Pennyroyal tea is a tea made from the pennyroyal herb. Pennyroyal tea is a folk medicine most famously used to induce abortions. The tea is said to cause the uterine muscles to contract.

Traditionally pennyroyal tea is also used for colds, fevers, coughs, indigestion, kidney and liver ailments and headaches.

The pennyroyal herb is found throughout the Appalachian Mountains and western Kentucky in the United States. It is a small, branching plant with small tubular lavender flowers.

Pennyroyal tea has a pungent and acrid taste, similar to pennyroyal's relations, the spearmint or peppermint. The tea can be made with either the fresh or dried herb.

Preparing pennyroyal tea

Pennyroyal tea is often combined with blue cohosh root. Usually two tablespoons of blue cohosh root is used in combination with three tablespoons of pennyroyal leaves and two tablespoons of dried tansy.

The blue cohosh root is boiled in a quart of water for five minutes, while the pennyroyal tea and tansy is placed in a separate jar. After the water has boiled, it is poured into the second jar and allowed to steep for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, the herbs are strained and the liquid is reheated.

It is recommended that a hot cup is given every four hours, up to five days or until bleeding occurs. To enhance the effectiveness of pennyroyal tea, a tablespoon of brewer's yeast is added to every cup.

Health warnings with pennyroyal tea

Pennyroyal Tea may cause nausea in drinkers. It is recommended that drinkers should be careful when standing or sitting, as this may cause dizziness.

When making pennyroyal tea, only the pennyroyal herb should be used. The essential oil of pennyroyal should NOT be used, as it is a poison. Death from untreatable organ failure can result if the essential oil is used.

Drinking pennyroyal tea can be taxing on the body after any length of time as it encourages the body to purge. Users should take care of their bodies afterwards by drinking nourishing teas and eating a balanced diet.

Pennyroyal tea should not be consumed by those with kidney disease or a past history of kidney stones. Pennyroyal tea should not be drunk for longer than a week, as it may cause damage to the central nervous system, kidney and liver.

Poppy Tea

Poppy tea is an ancient remedy that has been in use for thousands of years. Poppy tea is mainly used as a pain reliever, cough suppressant or as a sleeping aid, due to its relaxing properties.

An occasional modern use for poppy tea is as part of a detoxification program for opiate or heroin addiction. Poppy tea contains the same qualities as opiate drugs and heroin, but in lower quantities. Poppy tea can be useful for fighting the withdrawal symptoms resulting from such addictions. 

Poppy tea generally has a strong, bitter taste. Taken on its own, poppy tea is considered to have a foul taste and can cause nausea. It is normally recommended that poppy tea is drunk as part of a mixture. Some of the more common mixtures used include liquorice. Others may use a pre-prepared, flavored tea.

Properties of poppy tea 

Poppy tea is made from opium poppy plants. The most common variety in use is the Papaver Somniferum. This plant contains a number of opiates, including morphine, codeine, papaverine and thebaine. 

The plant is commonly sold in the United States and Canada as part of flower arrangement pieces and ornamental displays. Poppy tea is made from dried poppy pods.

Poppy heads can vary in size. They are usually walnut-sized, but can be as large as a golf ball or as small as a glass marble. 

Preparation of poppy tea

In order to make poppy tea, the first step is to remove the heads from the stems. Any seeds are removed, and then the poppy pods are crushed, chopped or turned into a fine powder.

The pods are then boiled in a cup of water. One cup of water should be used for every 3-5 pods used, and lower for less pods. Care should be taken not to allow the water to boil completely. 

Lastly, the poppy pulp is poured through a strainer. The pulp should be pressed to extract as much juice as possible. The pulp can be reused for a second extraction. When making a second extraction, 2/3 of the water should be used.

It is recommended that between 1-3 pods are used for new drinkers of poppy tea, 2-5 pods for experienced drinkers, and over 5 pods for those using poppy tea to fight opiate or heroin addiction. 

The stems can also be used, but poppy tea made from stems contains less potency than the heads.

Warnings on using poppy tea

As poppy tea contains opiates, there is the possibility that a drinker can become physically addicted and habituated to the tea.  

If poppy tea is taken for several days in succession, the body may develop a need for the opiates. A drinker may find themselves with an increasing need for poppy tea. If poppy tea is stopped, the re-adjustment may be quite unpleasant.

Some of the side effects include nausea and insomnia. 

It is recommended that poppy tea be taken with caution.

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Wiccan Tea

Wiccan tea is any tea used by followers of the Wiccan belief in cleansing and blessing rituals. 

Wiccan tea is not a specific type of tea. Wiccan tea can be made from a variety of herb mixtures. Amongst some of the many herbs used are Anise Star, Calamus Root, Catnip and Hops Flowers.

Some herbs used for making Wiccan tea is intended to help with women's health issues, reinvigorate the body (for instance, the use of gingko), relieve depression (such as St John's Wort) and ease sleeping problems.

Wiccan tea rite

The purpose of the rite is to thank the gods, and for the gods to bless the person for the following day.

For the Wicca tea ritual, practitioners would generally use an anointed red candle and pure spring water, as well as the herbs for the tea.  Pure spring water is preferred because it is said to contain more energy than normal tap water. Spring water has been retrieved directly from its source and has not been treated with as many chemicals as tap water.

The initial preparation begins with cleansing the teapot and cup. If required, the herbs should also be blended. The spring water is then boiled.

When the water is boiled, the candle is lit while the following is intoned:

Gracious Goddess,
You who are the Queen of the Gods,
The Lamp of Night,
The Creator of all that is wild and free;
Mother of woman and man;
Lover of the Horned God, and Protectress of all the Craft;
Descend, I Pray,
With Your Lunar ray of power,
Upon my rite here!

Blazing God,
You who are the King of the Gods,
Lord of the Sun,
Master of all that is wild and free;
Father of woman and man;
Lover of the Cresent Goddess, and protector of all the Craft;
Descend, I pray,
With Your Solar ray of power,
Upon my rite here!

The water is blessed with the following:

O Lady of the Mountain Streams,
O Lord of The Green Glade Creek,
I call on You to bless and purify this water
With Solar rays and Lunar beams.
So mote it be!

The herbs are blessed with the following:

Thou has grown by favor of the Sun, the Moon, and of the dew.
I make this intercession, ye herb:
I beseech thee to be of benefit to me and my rite,
For thy virtues are unfailing.
Thou art the Dew of all the Gods,
The Eye of the Sun,
The Light of the Moon,
The Beauty and Glory of the Sky,
The Mystery of Terra.
I purify thee so that whatever is wrought by me with thee may,
In all its powers,
Have a good and speedy effect with good success.
Be purified by my prayer and be powerful!
So mote it be!

The herbs are then placed in the teapot, and water is added. As the tea is steeping, a prayer is said to the gods, asking for their blessing. After the tea is finished, the following is intoned to finish the ritual.

O Mistress of the Holy Moon,
O Master of the Sacred Sun,
I give thy thanks for Your presence here,
And blessings given.
I now bid Thee farewell.

Blessed Be!

Hail fair Moon,Ruler of the Night;
Guard me and mine
Until the Light.
Hail fair Sun,
Ruler of the Day;
Rise on the morn
To Light my Way!

So mote it be!

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