Germander Tea great Appetite Stimulant
Germander Tea - Teucrium Chamaedrys L.
Used part: Bark
Germander, also known as teucrium, refers to a large group of herbs and shrubs found mostly in Mediterranean climates. It has been used for centuries in traditional herbal medicine – mostly as an herbal tea – as a way of treating inflammatory and digestive disorders such as arthritis, gout and stomach upset.
This perennial plant has dark green foliage with aromatic, spicy scented leaves. It has pinky-purple flowers that blossom in summer. It contains a number of saponins, flavonoids and polyphenols which are all bioactive compounds that have an effect on the body.
This little plant contains bitter substances, tannins, and essential oil. Thanks to bitter ingredients, it is an excellent remedy to strengthen the body, to improve appetite and for the treatment of the digestive tract. Positively effects on the liver and bile ducts, especially in combination with his cousin teucrium chamaedrys and milk thistle. In conjunction with yarrow, Mountain Germander herb is good medicine to stop diarrhea. The mountain germander for centuries is used to treat respiratory infections. Antimicrobial effect of mountain germander was confirmed a few years ago by a group of young scientists from Serbia. Mountain germander combined with Elecampane and Horehound is a good assistant cure for those who suffer from pneumonia. Like other bitter plants, mountain germander is often used to create a bitter herb that stimulates the appetite and strengthen the body.
A mixture of mountain germander and wormwood is good medicine for all people suffering from gastritis caused by a lack of stomach acid. Like all plants with bitter substances, tea of mountain germander is drunk unsweetened and always before eating.
Good Herbal Remedy:
- Gallbladder conditions
- Weight loss
- Use as a germ-killer (antiseptic)
- Use as a mouthwash
Only under medical supervision
Many of these side effects relate to hepatitis – inflammation of the liver. In the case of germander, hepatitis is caused by liver toxicity.
Although the extract of the plant has been used since ancient times as a herbal remedy, it wasn’t considered unsafe until 26 cases of acute hepatitis from either capsules or germander tea were reported in the 1990s.