Sub-shrub and plant host of the caterpillars of the butterflies known as “Middle Argus” (or Broom Azure) and “Brown Elfin”, the Labrador Tea grows in cold regions of North America, on the rocks naked and the acidic soils coniferous undergrowth, in peaty environments, the peat bogs s, the marshland and the to u ndras.
Widespread from Greenland to Alaska, this plant is not, however, very widespread. obscure in France where it would be called “lède”.
It is characterized by sheets tough greens and narrow with curling edges and twigs; all covered with dense, fluffy down.
Fragrant and highly appreciated by the Amerindians, this plant was quickly adopted in New France by the first settlers who consumed it in the form of tea.
During the world crisis of the 1930s and the American War of Independence (1775-1780), as tea from China became increasingly scarce, it was soon replaced by Labrador tea.
However, it is the virtues from this sub-shrub to multiple names that will catch our attention through this article.
What are its benefits ? Which evils relieves (or treats)? How to do it usage to good purpose? Overview…
Labrador Tea: Main Characteristics
Along with rhododendron, bearberry, azalea, gaylussaccia and blueberry, Labrador tea is a plant that belongs to the ericaceae family .
Being able to reach a height and a diameter of 1.50 m, labrador tea can grow in the form of bushes . It was consumed by the ancestors of the Apaches and Navajos (North American Indian people) in the form of tea.
Its sheets are green above and oranges underneath. They can be kept for a long time after harvesting.
Also known as “Eskimo tea”, “Greenland tea” or “velvety tea”, this plant with numerous virtues is also a nourishing source for wild water birds (geese, waders, swans, ducks…) which particularly appreciate its berries.
Labrador Tea’s virtues and health benefits
> The virtues of Labrador tea in the kitchen
It is the leaves that are the used parts of this plant. They can be harvested throughout the year, but preferably in the spring.
As a result, some peoples particularly appreciate its flavour by consuming the sheets Labrador floods . Indeed, they chew them, or else, use them as spice to flavour the meat . Others even add the branches to their leaf maceration, in which they soak or boil the meat.
> Medicinal virtues of Labrador tea
As for its therapeutic benefits Eskimo tea is very rich in essential oils .
Indeed, it closes properties antibiotic , decongestive , antiseptic , antispasmodic , anti – inflammatory , antibacterial , analgesic (and probably anti-tumor).
Hence, Labrador tea is indicated for the relief of migraine headaches, headaches, dysentery, bladder problems and whooping cough.
Genuine regenerator of liver cells and drainer hepatic The Greenland tea is recommended to treat enteritis, after-effects of viral hepatitis, gravitis, hepatic insufficiency, toxic adenitis, microbial or toxic nephritis, hepatic intoxication of circulatory origin, infectious prostatitis.
In addition, other ailments and disorders such as thyroid imbalance, solar plexus spasm, nervousness, insomnia, lung inflammation, sore throat in case of flu, which have been overcome thanks to the virtues of smooth tea.
Among certain Amerindian peoples, the expectant mothers would have used Labrador tea 3 times a day a few days before delivery to stimulate labour.
In Russia, researchers have shown that this herbal medicine closes a substance comparable to urethane: it is therefore a antimutagen (used to treat certain forms of irradiation) and a antioxidant . The essential oil of Labrador tea has cured taiga encephalitis (an infection transmitted by mosquitoes or ticks).
> Other unsuspected virtues
The Amerindians used to put the leaves of the velvety tea in their pipes and smoke them.
Labrador Tea is also used for keep moths away (fearsome insects) that feed on and cocoon clothing fibres.
To do this, it is recommended to take dried and crushed leaves of Labrador tea. Then, put them in a bag and place it in your cupboard or closet.
Externally, the Greenland tea has been used as a parasiticide to treat some skin conditions (leprosy, ringworm, scabies) and even fight lice.
> Uses, dosages, instructions for use
In the form of drink Labrador tea can be consumed by internal track :
– at lemonade
To make 1 L, take twelve Labrador tea leaves, 4 to 5 slices of lemon and 2 teaspoons of honey.
Melt the honey. Collect in ½ cup of hot water, the active ingredients of the tea. Then mix all the ingredients already prepared.
After a few minutes, place this preparation on ice cubes. When you drink your lemonade, you can extend it with cold water.
– at infusion For 1 cup, put 2 or 3 dried leaves in boiling water. Let them infuse in the cup for 5 minutes. Then drink.
By outside lane Labrador Tea is used to help relieve the pain (migraines).
To do this, in ½ cup of water, prepare a tea concentrate with 1 tablespoon of dried and crushed leaves. Leave to infuse and cool. On a compress pour the decoction thus obtained and then apply to the neck and the front .
When preparing the herbal tea, do not simmer too long because it releases sound principles .
À strong dose tea velvet can cause spasms s, of the gastrointestinal complaints and nerve damage.
It is therefore necessary to avoid consuming a large quantity of it in the form of herbal tea: one cup a day is sufficient.
It should be noted that, consumption herbal based on Labrador tea is formally prohibited at expectant mothers .
In any case, always follow the advice and instructions for the use and consumption of Labrador tea to avoid any harmful or undesirable effects. You can also ask for the opinion of your doctor or a herbalist .