You will agree with me that our fathers and mothers of old lived healthy and longer than we are doing nowadays; this is because they consumed and made use of organic foods and herbs. I know you will not want to miss reading these advantages and disadvantages of eating cola nuts.
As a result of the above, there have been in recent times, increased advocacy by many folks for the consumption of natural 9organic) foods, herbs and drinks instead of the synthetic ones that oftentimes have passed through various processes before they are brought to us.
But God have given us different plants around us which are very natural, and majority of these plants has many health benefits for mankind.
Even though several parts of many plants around us have been well utilized by humans and animals alike because they are loaded with nutritional and health benefits, one very valued part of these plants that is very nutritious and healthy for humans is their leaves.
The good news is that you can make yourself herbal tea with these leaves by simply boiling the leaves and drinking as often as you can or desires.
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Therefore, I will be sharing with you in this post, plants whose leaves you can collect and boiled and consumed as a sort of your personal herbal tea. I will also share some of their health and nutritional benefits to the overall wellbeing of mankind.
Below are 5 plants whose leaves you can boil to make herbal tea:
1. Neem Leaves
Neem, scientifically known as Azadirachta indica, is a popular tree in Nigeria where it is known as “Dongoyaro”. It is a highly valued medicinal plant whose every part including the leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, roots, and bark are utilized for one medicinal purpose or the other.
Due to its impressive nutrient profile, its leaves are sometimes boiled and taken as herbal tea. A few health benefits of its herbal tea include the following:
1. It promotes hair health.
2. It may aid liver and kidney health.
3. It may improve skin health.
4. It possesses antimalarial effects.
5. It is also good for diabetic management.
2. Moringa Leaves
Moringa, scientifically called Moringa oleifera is a highly nutritious plant that has often been used for many health benefits for many centuries. It is rich in antioxidants and bioactive plant compounds and its leaves are often used in powdery or capsule form. However, should you choose to simply boil its leaves in water, below are some of the health benefits you can derive from it:
1. It is rich in antioxidants that help protect your body from oxidative damage.
2. It may lower blood sugar levels.
3. It may help fight inflammation in the body.
4. It can help lower cholesterol.
5. It may protect against arsenic toxicity.
Lemongrass is highly valued for its fresh, lemon-like aroma and its citrus-like flavour. It is a highly valuable plant due to many of the nutrients it contains which grant it impressive health benefits. It can be boiled in water to make what is known as lemongrass tea, and some of the health benefits of its tea include the following:
1. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial effects.
2. It may help to reduce your risk of cancer.
3. It may help to reduce high systolic blood pressure.
4. It may facilitate weight loss.
5. It may help regulate the body’s cholesterol levels.
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4. Scent leaves and Onion
Scent leaves scientifically know as Ocimum gratissimum is called Efinrin in Yoruba language. It is also called wild basil or tree basil in English.
They are used in the treatment of ringworm, malaria, catarrh, fungal infection, aches. The juice extracted from squeezing the leaf can cure kidney problem, diarrhea, and cholera.
The onions known as the bulb, is a common vegetable that is widely cultivated. Onions are loaded with antioxidant and are low in calories but high in vitamins and mineral. They also fight cancer, control blood sugar, boost digestive health and are beneficial to the heart.
1. Get a handful of scent leaf and wash with clean water.
2. Get 5 onion bulbs, peel the outer skin and cut them into two halves.
3. Put the leaf and onion in a pot.
4. Add 1 liter of water inside the pot.
5. Boil for about 20 minutes.
After boiling, sieve the juice out and take twice daily for 7 days.
1. Prevents Cancer
2. Improve digestive system
3. Boost immunity
4. Fights malaria
5. Papaya (Pawpaw) Leaves
Papaya is well valued in Nigeria for its sweet taste, but beyond its taste, its fruit, seeds and leaves are often utilized for other purposes including medical ones. Its leaves are usually utilized in the form of tea, tablet, extracts and juices and are known to possess several health benefits. Should you choose to boil the leaves in water to make herbal tea, below are some of the health benefits you can derive:
1. It may help to promote balanced blood sugar.
2. It promotes the health of the digestive system.
3. It possesses anti-inflammatory properties.
4. It supports hair growth.
5. It possesses anti-fever properties.
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