Celandine tea has been known for a long time as being potent against kidney and liver ailments. In the ancient times, Roman scholar Pliny cited the healing and detoxifying properties of celandine in his works. In the 14 th Century, celandine was taken as a blood tonic and was thought to enhance the eyesight. Herbalists have also long employed celandine to remove warts and soften calluses.
Celandine is a perennial herb in the poppy family with stems that grow up to 2½ feet high. Also known by its official name of chelidonium majus, it has been traditionally found in Europe, Asia and North America . The celandine plant has smooth, deeply divided blue-green leaves with lobed leaflets spread alternately along the lower stem. It has bright yellow colored flowers that bloom from April to September. The flowers yield a pod-like fruit that has an unpleasant odor and a bitter and pungent taste.
The active constituents of celandine are berberine, sanguinarine, chelidonine, protopine, coptisine, and stylopine. To make celandine tea, place a half teaspoon of chopped celandine herbs in a cup of boiling water. Let the mix steep for ten minutes. A dosage of two to three cups of celandine tea per day is recommended to be taken between meals.
Celandine has been shown to exhibit mild analgesic, cholagogic, antimicrobial, oncostatic, cytostatic and sedative properties. However, this herb ought to be used only under the supervision of qualified physicians as an overdose can result in serious health problems. Pregnant and nursing women should not use this herb.
The following are some health benefits attributed to celandine tea:
- May help increase bile production and flush out gallstones.
- May help fight jaundice, scurvy and gout.
- May help in the treatment of whooping cough and bronchitis.
- May help may help fight stomach cramps and other gastrointestinal problems.
- May help relieve toothaches.
- When applied topically the tea may help clearing out warts and other skin problems.