Forsythia tea has been known for generations as a potent antibiotic and a “heat-lowering” agent. In fact, the forsythia is considered to be one of fundamental herbs in the annals of traditional Chinese herbology.
The forsythia is a deciduous shrub that belongs to the olive family. It is native to China but now grows almost anywhere in the world. The shrub is named in honor of 18th century English gardening expert William Forsyth, who was one of the founders of the Royal Horticulture Society.
Forsythia is widely known as a garden plant, but its dainty flowers may also be used as cutflower. It has an upright form, grows vigorously, and has arching branches. The forsythia shrub typically reaches a height of up to 9 feet. It possesses bright yellow flowers that have four-lobed corollas and produces lactose. The fruit is a capsule that contains several seeds.
The fruit contains the healthy constituencies of the forsythia plant. Among these are phenylethanoids, oleanolic acid, lignans and phyllirin. To make forsythia tea, place the fruit in boiling water, let it soak for a few seconds, and take the water out of the heat. Let stand for a further 3 to 5 minutes, strain and drink.
The forsythia is often combined with other herbs like the honeysuckle to combat ailments that are “heat-related” such as upper respiratory tract infection and the flu. Pregnant women are advised not to use forsythia.
The following are the health benefits attributed to this tea:
- May help fight the virus and help relieve colds, fever and cough.
- May help in fighting influenza.
- May help fight allergies.
- May help decrease inflammations.
- Believed to help relieve tonsillitis and pharyngitis.
- May help improve cholesterol levels.
- May help aid cardiovascular functions.