Horse Chestnut tea has been known to generations of traditional folk medicine practitioners as being particularly effective in treating varicose veins, as well as coughs. The horse chestnut tea is likewise vaunted by virtue of its astringent, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, stimulant and tonic properties.
The horse chestnut is a tree that is native to the Balkan areas and in Western Asia. It grows to a height of 100 feet. Its leaves have 5 to 7 “teeth” and are about 12 inches long; without stalks. The buds of the horse chestnut tree are large and quite sticky. It has white (mottled red and yellow) flowers that bloom in May. It has spiny fruits that come out usually in September.
The bark and leaves of the horse chestnut tea possess most of the tree’s health benefits. The active constituents of the bark include coumarins, fraxin, scopolin, aesculetin, quercetin, sterols, tannins, and saponins. Meanwhile, the active constituents of the leaf include coumadins, aesculin, scopolin, fraxin, stigmasterol, beta-sitosterol, and rutin.
To make horse chestnut tea from the bark, boil a tablespoon in about a pint of hot water. To make horse chestnut tea from the leaves, place about a fistful onto a mug of hot water and let stand for about 7 minutes.
The whole nut of the horse chestnut is to be used for external applications only. These are poisonous and are designed to be used topically, unless by a qualified practitioner.
In addition, it is advised that persons suffering from liver or kidney disease avoid any horse chestnut extract. Pregnant and nursing women are also advised not to use horse chestnut tea and extracts. It is important to consulting a qualified health care professional before taking horse chestnut tea or any of its extracts. This is to avoid all possible side effects and toxic reactions.
The following are some health benefits attributed to this tea:
- Tea from the nuts when applied topically may help strengthen varicose veins.
- Tea from the leaves may help treat dysentery.
- Tea from the nuts – if applied topically – may help treat hemorrhoids.
- Tea from the leaves may help treat fever and malaria.
- Tea from the nuts if applied topically – may help treat arthritis and rheumatic pains.
- Tea made from the nuts when applied topically – may help treat rashes, burns, eczema and other skin conditions.
- Tea from the leaves may help induce calm and restful sleep.