The health benefits of Bayberry tea have been known for a long time for their potency in their astringent, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory functions.
Bayberry is a marshland plant typically found in the eastern and southern parts of the United States. The plant usually grows up to a height of 3 to 8 feet. It has lance-shaped green leaves that are spirally-arranged and coated with wax. The bayberry leaves release a pleasant fragrance that can be used as an insect repellant for pet dogs. It has flowers that are quite tiny.
The bayberry fruit comes in the form of globular berries with numerous grains that are also coated in green wax. The wax coating is used to make aromatic candles, as well as soap and other personal care products. The wax coating on the fruit is said to be energy-rich, and this enables some bird species who eat the fruit to reach further north in cooler climates.
The active constituents of bayberry include triterpenes, alpha-pinene, beta carotene, calcium, fiber and tannins. To derive these constituents, bayberry tea can be made by infusing 1 teaspoon of the root and bark into a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for about 10 to 15 minutes. Drink thrice a day as needed. Pregnant women are advised not to use bayberry, as are those who are allergic to the bayberry wax.
The following are the health benefits attributed to bayberry tea:
- May help treat coughs and colds.
- May help treat fever and similar flu-like ailments.
- May be helpful in the treatment of diarrhea.
- May also help alleviate symptoms of heavy menstrual period.
- May aid in promoting better circulation.
- May help cleanse the liver of harmful toxins.
- May help treat bacterial infection.