Types of Herbal Tea

Pipsissewa Tea Benefits

The use of Pipsissewa tea has been in the attention of American herbal practitioners since the time of its early pioneers. In fact, its astringent and diuretic properties were the main reasons why the pipsissewa tonic was a staple home remedy in many rural North American households in the early 20th Century.

Pipsissewa is a small evergreen perennial typically found in the dry woodlands or sandy soils of Southern Canada and northern United States. Also known by its scientific name of chimaphila umbellata, the pipsissewa plant grows up to 3 to 10 inches tall. It possesses lustrous, bright green, toothed leaves arranged in whorls found along the stem. From July to August each year, pipsissewa flowers bloom. These are colored white to pink.

From 1820 to 1916, pipsissewa was included in the U.S. Pharmacopeia. The pipsissewa herb is still currently in use as an ingredient of root beer.

Pipsissewa contains hydroquinones (including arbutin), flavonoids, triterpenes, methyl salicylate, and tannins.

To make pipsissewa tea, place boiling water into a pot. Then place a tablespoon of pipsissewa herbs into the mix. Let it steep for 2 to 4 minutes. Strain then drink.

The following are the health benefits attributed to pipsissewa tea:

  • Seems to help in the treatment of such infections of the urinary tract as cystitis and urethritis.
  • As a diuretic, pipsissewa tea may help expel infectious microorganisms.
  • Looks to assist in the treatment of rheumatism.
  • Appears to aid in the treatment of gout.
  • When applied topically as a lotion pipsissewa seems help treat skin infections. It can also help heal blisters, sores and swellings.