Continuing the exploration of ingredient found in Celestial Seasonings Black Cherry Berry tea, we will take a look at the healing properties of hibiscus, as well as rosehips, which has been known to provide a nice amount of vitamin C to a diet.
With a history of being traditionally served in Egypt, hibiscus flowers have been used for many centuries as a restorative remedy for those who have been traveling for a long time. Today, it is now a popular ingredient in the herbal teas that hail from the West. When hibiscus is used in India, the ingredient is known as sacred, especially when it comes to Ganesh, who is the God of Wisdom. It is he that followers look to for help in eradicating their problems, as well as obtaining their goals. The herb is also known for creating determination.
It is the flowers of the hibiscus that is used to gather the powers of this herbal remedy, which is associated with stopping bleeding (especially in menstrual bleeding), easing period cramps, easing menstrual pain and urinary tract inflammation, stimulating the uterine system, as well as provides a cooling effect on fevers.
To prepare hibiscus, infusions or tinctures are made by soaking the petals in cold water, slowing bringing it to a boil. Immediately after this is complete, straining is the next step. The mixture should be sweetened and then chilled. There are also a few combinations that work well with hibiscus to treat a variety of other concerns. When combined with rose petals, the hibiscus can improve determination and resolution. When paired with raspberry leaves, menstrual problems can be alleviated. To retrieve hibiscus tea bags, they can be found at health food stores and at some larger supermarkets. It is important not to use hibiscus when pregnant.
When it comes to rosehips, there are two different types to consider: R. canina or R. laevigata.
Canina rosehips bring about a high level of vitamin C. This particular herb hails from the dog rose, which has found a place in the commercial tea business and is also used in syrups and fruit drinks. At one point, the leaves of rosehips were once used as a substitute tea.
The use of Laevigata rosehips originated in China, which came from the “hips” of the rose. The Chinese also call rosehips, jin ying zi, which served the purpose of dealing with kidney issues. As an energy tonic, rosehips also helped to settle dysfunctional urinary tracts. Similar to other remedies dealing with the rose, rosehips provide astringent properties and can treat reoccurring bouts of diarrhea. The best time to harvest both versions of the rosehips herbal remedy is during the fall.
When preparing Canina rosehips, a tincture or syrup can be made. Rosehip tinctures are used against the dehydrating effects of diarrhea, and are known to relieve the symptoms of colic. The ingredients are also positive in the making of cough remedies. As a syrup, it is the rosehips that can be used to create flavor in medicines. It is good when added to cough mixtures, or can simply restore a decrease in vitamin C. Laevigate rosehips can make a decoction that is best combined with dang shen, bai zhu, and shan yao to treat chronic diarrhea, as well as a weak stomach.