Latin Name : Epilobium Angustifolium
Origin Country: Serbia
Fireweed is an amazing plant, a real fount of vitamins. In modern herbal medicine is considered to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant action. It is mostly used:
- In Prostate Hyperplasia.
- Cystitis and Nephritis.
- Urinary Tract Infections.
- Mucosal Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
- Diarrhea or Dysentery.
- Urinary Incontinence in men and women.
To make an infusion, place 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb in a tea infuser or teapot or mug for each cup of tea you intend to brew. Cover with boiling water. Place on the lid (or cover your cup with a saucer).
Allow the mixture to steep for 10' to 15' minutes or overnight.
Then strain the tea and serve. Drink 1-3 cups of tea a day.
Take fireweed for two to six weeks at a time. Be sure to take a two week break before resuming use.
Fireweed seems to be safe for most people when used properly.
Women taking hormone therapy, birth control pills or during pregnancy are prohibited from consuming it as the epilope interferes with the hormone progesterone.
In any case you should consult with your healthcare doctor before using any herb especially if you’re taking other medications or having health problems.