Fumitory tea has been well-known since ancient times as being “a bringer of long life”. Fumitory was once used as an herb to stop the hiccups, and as a tool to expel evil spirits.
Fumitory is an annual, climbing herb that can reach up to 30 inches, with slender stems, deeply indented triangular leaves, limp branches and pinkish flowers with purple or white tops.
Also known as fumaria officinalis, fumitory is a weed that is native to Europe and North Africa, but is also found in Australia, Asia and North America.
Fumitory is a diuretic, laxative, diaphoretic and anti-spasmodic agent. The active constituents of fumitory are the flavonoid glycosides, and isoquinolones alkaloid.
The health benefits of fumitory can be derived either as tea infusion, tincture, capsule or extract form.
To make fumitory tea, simply place 1 to 2 tablespoons of dried fumitory herbs (use the above-ground flowering parts of the fumitory) in a cup of boiling water. Then let the tea soak for about 10 to 15 minutes.
The following health benefits are attributed to this herbal tea:
- May help in the treatment of eruptive skin problems such as eczema and acne.
- Said to help in the treatment of liver and kidney problems.
- May help in the treatment of arthritis.
- May help in the fight against gallstones.
- May help alleviate indigestion, and may help relieve hiccups, belches and burps.
- When applied externally through eyewashes this tea may help in the treatment of conjunctivitis.