The health benefits of Barberry tea are quite popular in many parts of Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas for various reasons.
Also known as berberis vulgaris, barberry is a shrub that grows in gray-colored, tight thorny hedges that produce yellow flowers during the spring and edible red berries in autumn. In ancient Egypt, barberry was often combined with fennel to fight the plague.
The active constituents of barberry are the chemical berberine, as well as B-vitamin thiamine, vitamin C, the carotenoids beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, chromium, cobalt, and zinc. The berries and the bark of the barberry both have beneficial health properties.
However, barberry should not be used beyond seven consecutive days to avoid complications on excessive use of barberry. Barberry might also interact with anti-coagulants, blood pressure medication and antibiotics. Pregnant and nursing women, as well as nursing infants should avoid use of barberry.
Barberry Tea is typically consumed to derive the beneficial components of barberry. To make barberry tea, steep 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried barberry root or 1 to 2 teaspoons of whole or crushed berries in about 2/3 of a cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Barberry Tea can be consumed three times daily.
The following are the health benefits attributed to Barberry tea:
- May help relieve inflammation due to bacterial ear, nose and throat infection.
- May help fight bacterial and viral forms of diarrhea.
- May help stabilize blood pressure and normalize heart rhythm.
- May help relieve psoriasis.
- May aid in the function of the gallbladder.
- May help combat urinary tract infection.
- May help avoid heartburn.
- May help strengthen the immune system.