The health benefits of Biota tea have long been known for their diuretic, expectorant, emmenagogue, hemostatic, antitussive, refrigerant and astringent properties.
Biota is a slow-growing evergreen shrub or tree that belongs to the cypress family. It is believed to have originated in China. It can be found in large quantities in the provinces of Sichuan, Guizhou and Ganzu. It usually grows in moist soil and steep hillsides.
Known by its scientific names of thuja orientalis, biota orientalis and platycladus orientalis among others, biota is considered as one of the 50 fundamental herbs in the annals of Chinese herbalism.
The biota tree typically has a central stem and usually reaches up to a height of about 40 feet. It possesses scale-like leaves and little inconspicuous flowers. The biota leaves are small, scaly and triangular-shaped, has a grayish-green color and a fragrant odor. The branches and stems are short and round, and usually reddish-brown in color. The seeds are the edible parts of the plant. The leaves and seeds are the parts used for medicinal purposes.
Biota trees and shrubs are typically used for ornamental landscaping in many parts of the globe as it makes beautiful natural fences and hedges. Biota trees are likewise used as wind breakers and as a good ground cover for a variety of wildlife.
Volatile constituents of biota leaves include alpha-pinene, alpha-cedrol, delta-3-carene and limonene.
The long-term use of biota tea either from the leaves or the seed is not recommended. Pregnant or nursing women should refrain from taking biota tea. As with any herbal product, consultation should be done with qualified healthcare professionals before taking it.
The following are the biota tea benefits attributed to this brew:
- Tea from the leaves may help fight headaches.
- Tea from the leaves may help fight asthma, cough and bronchitis.
- Tea from the leaves is believed to help fight fever.
- Tea from the leaves may help fight bacteria and viruses.
- Tea from the leaves, when applied topically, may help heal wounds, treat burns, as well improve the growth of hair.
- Tea from the leaves may help in the treatment of excessive menstruation.
- Tea from the leaves may help fight hemorrhages.
- Tea from the leaves is believed to help ease arthritic pain.
- Tea from the leaves is believed to help in the treatment of premature baldness although more studies are needed to conclusively ascertain this.
- Tea from the seeds may help soothe and calm the nerves.
- Tea from the seeds may aid in fighting constipation among the elderly.