Hydrangea tea has been well-known, especially to native Americans, as being especially potent on kidney and bladder problems. Hydrangea has known antiseptic, tonic and diuretic properties.
The hydrangea is a wild shrub with its numerous species found mostly in America and Northeast Asia. The plant has woody-stems and lacy flowers. Hydrangea grows relatively fast and grows on woodlands and riverbanks. The plants reach a height and width of from 3 feet to 10 feet.
Among the active constituents of the hydrangea root are: calcium, chromium, cobalt, kaempferol, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, quercetin, rutin, selenium, silicon, sodium, tin and zinc. Long-term use of hydrangea tea is not recommended.
Teas, syrups and extracts are often used to derive the health benefits of the hydrangea root. Hydrangea tea is typically made by pouring 1 teaspoon of dried hydrangea root into 1 cup of boiling water. Cover the mix and steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
Among the health benefits attributed to hydrangea tea are the following:
- Facilitates the dissolution and expulsion of small stones, called gravel, from the kidneys. Furthermore, hydrangea tea also relieves the pain associated with such expulsion.
- May help reduce the formation of urinary stones.
- May help fight against inflammation of the urethra and the prostate.
- May help fight gout.
- May help fight rheumatoid arthritis.
- May help fight cystitis.
- May be of help in countering malaria.