Scientific name Rhamnus frangula , the frangula is a shrub or small tree that measures between 2 and 6 meters in height, native to Europe and North America. To develop, it does not essentially need the sun, but it requires a lot of moisture, being well developed near rivers or in flooded land. Their husks should normally be harvested in late spring and early summer, and stored for a period of one year before being consumed. With an average life of between 30 and 50 years, its wood is used to make decorative objects, and its bark is used to prepare tea.
Properties and benefits
The bark has a purgative, digestive, antifungal, depurative, diuretic, tonic for the stomach, liver and gallbladder. Also known as black alder, hominy and fusaro, the plant is commonly used as a laxative to treat constipation problems. Its consumption is also indicated for the treatment of gallstones, jaundice, hemorrhoids, arthritis, cancer, herpes, pulmonary edema and in the elimination of intestinal parasites.
How to prepare tea?
To prepare tea, use the proportion of 5 g of dry husks for every 400 ml of water. In a container, add the water and the husks, bringing to the fire afterwards. Allow it to come to a boil and, when it reaches this point, time it for approximately ten minutes. Turn off and cover, letting the mixture rest for a period of two hours. Strain and consume a cup always before the main meals, never exceeding the amount of three cups a day.
Contraindications and side effects
The consumption of frangula tea is contraindicated for pregnant patients and lactating women. Also, it should not be consumed by patients with colitis or ulcers, or who have problems with acute intestinal inflammation, such as Crohn’s disease.
Excessive consumption can cause side effects such as vomiting, nausea and malaise. Among its side effects are cramps in the gastrointestinal region and the loss of minerals. Attention, the skin should only be consumed dry, never when fresh. Continuous consumption may cause irritation to the gastrointestinal system, with a risk of electrolyte loss. Always before consuming a medicine, whether natural or industrialized, contact your doctor and seek advice.