Lupus is an unpredictable and potentially devastating disease. The impact can be brutal. When we created this blend our sole purpose was the provision of a tea from herbs with proven anti-inflammatory properties, for Kelle whose work raising awareness and funds for Lupus research, we greatly admire!
Taste was our secondary consideration and we recognise that for some, the sharpness of the cranberries and pungency of the turmeric might be something of an acquired taste but we do urge you to stick with it. And you can add a little honey should you prefer a sweet brew - we recommend a quality honey as these are potent, anti-bacterial and can help keep inflammation at bay!
In our cases, we drink our own bespoke blends, each of which do have some herbs in common with Kelle’s brew. In both of our cases we still have our conditions: Neuro Myelitis Optica (NMO) (Sab), Sarcoidosis and Vasculitis (Jan) but we are each more stable, able to cope with the symptoms and Jan is medication free and Sab has not had a hospital admission because of her NMO since she began taking her tea and has been able to reduce her medication! So, do please persevere!
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Withania somnifera (Ashawagandha) is very revered herb of the Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine as a Rasayana (tonic). Studies have found marked anti-inflammatory effects of this root. The effect plausiblyattributed to the alkaloid and withanolide contents of Ashwagandha. Additionally, this powerhouse herb, is an analgesic that soothes the nervous system from pain response. Furthermore, this root contains chemicals which help in providing relief from Lupus and its associated symptoms of joint pain,swelling, memory loss, fatigue and stiffness in the joints.
It had been thought of as an immune stimulator, however studies have found that Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), seems to reduce overactive immune systems. Astraglosides are the primary immuno compounds found in this herb which are responsible for its effectiveness. From our own experience astragalus contributes to suppressing the immune system, so the likelihood is that this powerful adaptogenic herb has a remarkable ability to balance! The benefits also include anti-oxidant effects that inhibit free radical production, which can prevent damage to cells.
Blackberry leaves contain triterpenes, flavonoids, saponins, vitamin C, organic acids, traces of essential oil, arbutin, hydroquinone and a high concentration of tannins. The flavanoids provide a great source of antioxidants. They are high in tannins and vitamin C which also support the immue system. Blackberry leaves have been traditionally used in herbal medicine as an antimicrobial agent and for their healthful antioxidant properties.
The effect of the leaves has been known for a long time, and writers of ancient herbal literature such as Hippocrates, Dioscorides and Pliny recommended them as herbal medicine.
Burdock root has always been related to kidney health and used to deal with kidney disease for several thousands of years.
Due to its rich content in protein, iron, carotene, dietary fibre, phosphorus synanthrin burdock root has some obvious health benefits for people with Lupus. Studies have found that burdock root can help improve kidney function. Additionally, Burdock root helps to improve skin conditions, metabolism and the absorption of nutrients and Burdock Root aids mood control as well as electrolyte retention.
Cat's Claw contains numerous chemical properties. One of which is pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids (POAs.) Studies have shown that POA-containing cat's claw products increases the immunomodulating response in the body and acts like antioxidants to rid the body of free radicals. Compounds found in Cat's Claw may also work to kill viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms that cause disease and they inhibit healthy cells from becoming damaged. It also helps to relieve chronic pain.
Cranberries contains heart-healthy polyphenols, which may protect the circulatory system and reduce your risk of atherosclerosis, or clogged arteries. They may be good for kidney function as cranberries are known to prevent and treat urinary tract infections. Research studies show that women who take cranberries regularly have a marked reduction in bladder and kidney infections. That dramatic decline in bacterial levels also seems to reduce fungal/yeast infections.
Elderberries contain flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and may help prevent damage to the body's cells. In fact, elderberry outranks blueberries, cranberries, goji berries, and blackberries in terms of total flavonol content. There is conflicting data on whether Elderberries interfere with medications that suppress the immune system and medications used to treat autoimmune diseases, hence our precaution that you must consult your doctor before taking the tea. In both of our cases, taking elderberries has not boosted our immune system but rather appears to have acted as a modulator leading to significant improvement in our conditions.
Ginger offers anti-nausea, digestive, and respiratory benefits in addition to its anti-inflammatory abilities. Tests on this potent root, have indicated that lower inflammation seen in inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, that it normalises immune function - helping the immune system perform optimally by boosting it when it is under-active or suppressing it when it is overactive and further that it protects against bacteria.
Lavender remedies have been used in traditional medicine because of antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and mood elevating effects. Importantly, immune activation and inflammation are strongly associated with an increase of mood disorders. Anti-inflammatory properties of lavender have been reported in several studies, notably that certain chemical constituents of this fragrant herb serve to regulate inflammatory responses.
Lemongrass is an astringent and diuretic, drawing out excess fluid from the tissues and driving it out of the body. This helps in combating the widespread inflammation characteristic of lupus. Additionally, health benefits of lemongrass include relief from stomach disorders, insomnia, respiratory disorders, fever, aches, infections, rheumatism, and edema. The defensive antioxidant activity of the lemongrass herb protects against infections and helps in maintaining optimum cholesterol levels, cellular health, nervous system, healthy skin and immune system.
Licorice is another popular herb that has many properties, including anti-inflammatory properties. Glycyrrhetic acid (GA) and triterpenes glycyrrhizin found in licorice roots are two major components that give licorice its anti-inflammatory properties.
Glycyrrhizin blocks the production of prostaglandins, which in turn stops the inflammation that is a related disorder to lupus.
Research regarding the bioactivity of this herb is reviewed. The phenolic constituents of the leaves include rosmarinic acid and several flavonoids, primarily eriocitrin, luteolin and hesperidin. The main volatile components of the essential oil are menthol and menthone. In vitro, peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities, strong antioxidant and antitumor actions, and some antiallergenic potential. Of most importance for people living with Lupus are the herbs immunomodulating actions and chemopreventive potential.
Nettle has been found to be very effective for dealing with inflammation related to Lupus as it contains some natural anti-inflammatory compounds like quercetin. Apart from possessing anti-inflammatory properties, stinging nettle is also known to possess diuretic properties which help the body to get rid of some uric acid which may have deposited in the joints and bone structures. This helps in reducing swelling that is associated with lupus
The calcium and vitamin C in oranges are thought to be concentrated in the peelings. Orange peel is rich in phytonutrients that are good for the body in fighting many diseases and in keeping it strong. Oranges are excellent source of anti-inflammatory nutrients. This anti-inflammatory property of orange peels can be beneficial in fighting a host of autoimmune disorders like Lupus.
Curcumin is a naturally occurring compound found in the spice turmeric that has been used for centuries as an Ayurvedic medicine treatment for such ailments as allergies, diabetes and ulcers. Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory. Scientific research suggests that Curcumin is a promising option for inflammatory and autoimmune conditions that range from simple allergies to complex disorders such as Lupus.
Cat's Claw 8% Blackberry leaves 8% Cranberries (powdered) 8% Astragalus Root 8% Ginger 8% Liquorice Root 8% Elderberries 8% Ashwagandha 8% Lavender 8% Nettle 8% Mint 8% Turneric Root (powdered) 6% Orange Peel 6%
Mint 20% Burdock Root 20% Lemongrass 20% Turmeric Root 20% Ginger 20%
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