The health benefits of Carob tea are known to have been in the consciousness of the ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations for eons. Carob tea was used medicinally to help treat such inflictions as eye infections, stomach pain and disorders of the digestive tract.
The carob is a tree in the same plant family as beans and peas. It is a flowering shrub that is commonly found in the Mediterranean area. Its seed pods have been used for food for about 5,000 years. Known by its scientific name of ceratonia siliqua, the carob tree reaches a height of up to 30 feet. It has a thick trunk with brown rough bark and sturdy branches. The carob leaves are typically about 15 centimeters long and is frost-tolerant.
The fruit of the carob is a long pod. The unripe pods are often bright green in color and when they ripen after a year, they become black to brownish in color and can be elongated, compressed, straightened or curved, and thickened at the sutures. The ripe pods eventually fall to the ground and are eaten by various mammals, thereby dispersing the seed.
The carob is often considered a good substitute for chocolate. The dried and roasted form of carob has a slightly sweet taste and is used as an ingredient in cakes and cookies. Carob powder was also once deemed essential in saving the voices of singers.
Carob has a host of active constituents. It contains polyphenols, tannins, sucrose, cellulose and many other compounds.
Carob tea can be made by slicing the carob pods into smaller pieces, then placing them all in a mug of hot water. Let the mix stand for about 30 minutes. As time progresses, you will see the water turn brown from the carob. The sweetness of the carob pod will also be dispersed into the water. The carob tea can be drunk either hot or cold.
The following are the health benefits attributed to carob tea:
- May help treat prostatis and prostate infections.
- May help relieve diarrhea in infants.
- Believed to help alleviate problems in the digestive tract.
- The tea is believed to strengthen bones.
- This tea, when applied topically, may help remove warts.
- May help in weight loss.