Yam is a tuber well known in Brazil, however, not everyone knows the benefits provided by tea prepared from this food.

Yam tea is recognized for having amazing herbal properties, such as substances that can stimulate ovulation, improve the skin’s appearance and strengthen the immune system.

In this article, learn about the properties and benefits of yam tea and learn how to prepare this healthy drink.

Yam Properties and Benefits

Yam is rich in nutrients necessary for the proper functioning of our body, such as carbohydrates, B vitamins, starch, calcium, iron and phosphorus. It also has phytoestrogens and a type of natural progesterone, diosgenin, which help to regulate hormonal balance.

The tea prepared with this tuber strengthens the immune system, cleans the skin and stimulates ovulation.

Check out the benefits provided by yam tea:

Stimulates ovulation

The properties of yam tea stimulate the production of the ovaries, increasing the chances of pregnancy. When consumed in the first two weeks of the menstrual cycle, this drink improves fertility.

Because it converts diosgenin (plant estrogen that is the precursor of progesterone) into two other hormones essential for ovulation, luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).

LH is responsible for releasing the egg from the ovary; while FSH stimulates follicle growth.

Diosgenin, on the other hand, also has other positive effects, such as alleviating morning sickness during pregnancy.

According to Frederick Naftolin, a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the New York University School of Medicine, “Consumption may increase the chances of pregnancy”.

Strengthens the immune system

It is believed that yam tea also acts to strengthen the immune system, however, this benefit is not fully proven. By stimulating blood circulation, the drink makes the leukocytes (the body’s defense cells) gain faster and wider movements.

Improves skin appearance

Yam tea is also rich in antioxidant substances, which fight premature aging of cells by eliminating free radicals. In addition to warding off disease, this property also guarantees the skin’s beauty.

The correct intake of this tea ensures a skin free of blackheads and pimples, firmer and silkier.

In addition to the benefits mentioned, yam tea also helps fight constipation, has anti-inflammatory action and prevents dengue.

How to prepare yam tea?


  • 2 medium yam husks;
  • 250 ml of water.

Preparation mode

Wash the tuber skins well and bring to a boil over medium heat. The liquid must be halved.

mode of use

Yam tea is a kind of very viscous paste that should be consumed at appropriate times. It is recommended that the drink be taken on an empty stomach for a few days.

To get pregnant, you need to take it for 8 days, the last day being the date of your ovulation.

It is recommended not to eat more than two tablespoons a day and not to exceed 8 days of consumption.


Pregnant and lactating women should not drink the drink, due to possible hormonal imbalance. Yam tea is also contraindicated for children and pre-teens, as well as individuals with bowel problems.