Quite a while back I was blessed with a Kombucha mushroom, which I enjoyed making into tea...but I found that after a while, I grew a little tired of making it and had a harder time drinking it (don't like homemade Kombucha? Check out Synergy's Kombucha at Whole Foods, which tastes quite good...grape is my favorite, but I like guava too!) So I got rid of my Kombucha mushroom and turned to other things to try out... One thing I loved about the Kombucha was that it was very cleansing for the liver, which, I think, is one of the central things to good health. But guess what? There's other fantastic things you can take for your liver...one of which is Burdock Root Tea. You can get it fresh too, which I haven't been able to try yet (as there is none in my area), chop it up and add it to salads or brew it fresh. I went to Tea Benefits site to check out all the other great things about it and here's what I found... It has a soothing effect on the skin and gastrointestinal tract;
It is known to improve appetite and digestion;
It has been shown to possess anti-microbial agents that may help reduce liver damage;
It also has the ability to mildly lower blood sugar (hypoglycemic effect);
It is very useful in fighting the effects of rheumatism;
It helps in the treatment of some kidney disorders;
It helps counter bronchial cough and other irritations of the pulmonary tract. The taste is really special too, it's not like other teas I've tried. It almost tastes like Won Ton broth that you get at the Chinese restaurant...which is kind of fun. Hope you get a chance to buy a bag of it and let me know what you think... Oh, and while you're on the web check out Tea Benefits ...it's a great site, with lots of great info.