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Buckthorn, or alder, is a tall shrub native to northern Europe. The bark
of alder buckthorn is removed, cut into small pieces, and dried for one
year before being used medicinally.
Buckthorn has been used as a
cathartic laxative in Northern and Central Europe for centuries. It is
still widely used today for constipation and resulting conditions such as
hemorrhoids and anal fissures. Buckthorn stimulates contractions of the
colon (peristalsis) and increases water content during stool
A closely related shrub, cascara sagrada, is more widely
known in North America due to its origins and cultivation on the Pacific
coast of Canada and the United States.
The leaf of the native Australian evergreen contains a volatile oil that
is powerful and immediately recognizable. Commonly used in cough and cold
lozenges, the expectorant properties of eucalyptus make it useful for
conditions related to the respiratory tract and sinuses. Eucalyptus added
to a stem bath is a wonderful way to clear out the breathing passages.
Additionally, eucalyptus has anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties
that translate into effective internal and external cleansing. Applied
topically, eucalyptus eases joint pain and muscle aches, making it no
surprise why many vapor rubs on the market have a strong eucalyptus
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 tea bag for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the pot, cover and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Pour into your cup; add milk and natural sweetener to taste.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea itself. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the serving pitcher straining the tea bags. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
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