The Speedwell herb has been studied and tested for a long time. In fact, herbalists once employed speedwell tea in the treatment of a variety of ailments. It was then considered a panacea and was always thought of as a medicinal staple.
Speedwell is small perennial herb that grows from 6 to 12 inches in height. It has a semi-climbing stem with oval blue-striped flowers and a short petiole. Speedwell blooms are a common sight in woods during the summer months.
Speedwell possesses a somewhat bitter, astringent taste and tea-like smell. It was thus used as a substitute for tea in France during the 19 th century where it was called the d’Europe, or ” Europe tea.”
Speedwell has flavonoids, resins, tannins, organic acids and sugars. To make speedwell tea, place a teaspoon of the dried speedwell herbs in a cup of boiling water. Then let the mix infuse for approximately 10 minutes. Be sure to cover it during infusion to keep the aroma inside. Strain and sip the speedwell tea infusion slowly.
Speedwell is also used in tincture form and is recommended for sluggish digestion, intestinal insufficiency or eczema.
With the passage of time, speedwell tea has largely lost its reputation as a health tonic as pharmacologists have questioned its effectiveness on some of the ailments it purportedly was able to treat.
Still, its pleasant taste and aroma has made speedwell tea a delightful drink and is still taken in modern-day France as an excellent substitute for tea.
The following are some health benefits attributed to speedwell tea:
- Thought to be helpful as an expectorant cough remedy.
- Said to promote detoxification as it was used as a diuretic.
- When applied topically as a lotion, was thought to be effective in combating skin irritations and infections.
- Claimed to be an excellent health tonic and promoter of relaxation.
- History of use as a blood-cleansing agent and purifier.