Bougainvillea is a thorny, woody, high climbing vine with colorful flowers. These flowers can be red, orange, yellow, purple, pink, or white. Traditionally, bougainvillea flowers, which have tiny white flowers in the middle of colorful and papery petals or bracts, have been used for medicinal purposes.
To gain medicinal properties, we can steep dried flowers and bracts in boiled water, and drink them as a tea.
Check out the health benefits we can obtain from Bougainvillea Flowers.
Beneficial for Diabetics
Bougainvillea as been traditionally used for controlling diabetes. It can prevent blood sugar levels from spiking thus making it beneficial for those individuals with diabetes.
Helps Treat A Cough
Bougainvillea has an expectorant property that helps get rid of mucus from the respiratory tract thereby boosting cough recovery. For this purpose, the flowers and bracts are allowed to steep in boiling water for several minutes and then consume to promote normal breathing.
Alleviates A Sore Throat
Bougainvillea flowers have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties that can reduce inflammation and help us attain immediate relief from sore throat.
Used for Hepatitis
Hepatitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the liver. Bougainvillea can provide help in the treatment of this serious disease. However, we must still seek the help of a doctor before using this remedy.
Effective Body Detoxifier
Regular consumption of tea made from purple bougainvillea flowers can help clean out our body. It effectively removes toxins and other harmful material from our body which are caused by exposure to pollution and unhealthy diet.
Helps Ease Joint Pains
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, bougainvillea flowers can help deal with inflammation caused by joint pain and swollen joints. It can effectively ease pain by reducing inflammation.
Helps Relieve Fever
Since bougainvillea has antipyretic effects, consumption of tea made from its flowers can be an effective remedy for reducing fever.
Superb Remedy For Ulcers
Consumption of bougainvillea tea can have positive effects on stomach ulcers. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe ulcerations, letting us attain relief from the pain they bring.
How To Make A Bougainvillea Tea
- 1 cup of bougainvillea flowers
- 1/3 cinnamon stick
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 2 cups of water
First, we need to boil the water with a cinnamon stick for about 2 minutes. Put the fresh bougainvillea flowers and boil it for another two minutes. Strain the cinnamon and flowers. We only need the water.
To enhance the taste of the tea as well as the benefits it can give to our body, honey can be added to the water.