Botanical Name: Ascophyllum nodosum
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Habitat: North America
Parts Used: Kelp
A part of the brown algae family (Phaeophyceae), kelp is full of exceptionally rich nutrients, such as Iodine and various B-vitamins. Iodine improves the function of the thyroid gland, which produces, stores and releases hormones like TSH means Thyroid Stimulating Hormone that is essential to other bodily functions. Iodine is also a blocking agent. When taken orally, it saturates the thyroid with non-radioactive iodine, which in turn reduces the amount of radiation absorbed by the thyroid. When functioning optimally, the thyroid gland produces a number of enzymes and hormones that are required for the health of your metabolism, growth, and development.
Kelp is also an excellent source of fiber—its cellulose structures are particularly strong and can withstand different tide movements. The fiber composition of kelp (alginate) has been shown to slow fat absorption in the gut, which supports weight loss and improved dietary balance.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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