The useful health benefits of Psyllium tea are known in many parts of the world. This tea is especially regarded for its potent laxative actions.
The psyllium plant is an annual short-stemmed herb. The leaves of the psyllium are arranged alternately and clasp the stem in an almost strap-like manner. Psyllium flowers are colored white, are erect and are ovoid, or have cylindrical spikes which give them a peculiar shape.
The Psyllium has an ovate fruit. The seeds on the other hand, are covered in a thin, white-colored or semi-transparent husk that is odorless and tasteless. They enlarge in size when soaked in water, a property which is the main reason for their use in herbal medicine.
The primary constituent of psyllium is fiber. It can be found mostly in the husk and the seeds. The fiber can be derived by drinking 1 to 3 teaspoons of psyllium seeds or husks with a tall glass of cold water. Alternatively, psyllium tea can likewise be made by placing the same quantity of psyllium seeds or husks in a medium-sized to tall glass of hot water.
It is imperative to drink lots of water with the psyllium husks because the materials swell up and absorb the liquid. They form a gel which absorbs stuck matter and toxins from the sides of the intestines.
Psyllium should not be taken with other stimulant laxatives such as senna, buckthorn and rhubarb. Also, psyllium should be taken at least 2 hours before taking any other supplements as the fibers interfere with the absorption of nutrients from these supplements.
Below are some health benefits attached to this herb tea:
- Thought to help treat chronic constipation.
- Looks to reduce the problems diarrhea.
- Could be helpful in treating hemorrhoids.
- Might aid in the treatment of diabetes.
- Appears to reduce bad cholesterol.
- Seems to assist in the treatment of urethritis.