Ivan tea, also known as fireweed, is a herbaceous perennial of the fireweed family, reaching a meter in height. Its straight stem ends with a brush of inflorescence of pinkish-lilac large flowers. Ivan-tea blooms from June to September, its fruit is a bare box.
A fireweed grows in the European part of Russia, Siberia, the Far East, and the North Caucasus. Often found in humid places, in meadows, near streams. As medicinal raw materials, the leaves and inflorescences of this plant are used: they are collected, dried and brewed.
Ivan tea is the strongest antioxidant! It effectively cleanses the body of toxins and toxins, promotes weight loss. There is a lot of vitamin C, tannin in fireweed, there are alkaloids, sugars, pectins. It contains minerals: iron, nickel, copper, manganese, titanium, molybdenum, boron, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, lithium.
Brewed Ivan-tea calms the nervous system, improves sleep, eliminates headaches. If you take it in the morning, it gives vigor and strength – it was precisely for these qualities that our ancestors especially appreciated it. Fireweed has traditionally been used to treat inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract – a large amount of tannins and mucus beneficially affected the inflamed stomach and intestines. Ivan tea was used to treat gastritis, a stomach and duodenal ulcer, colitis, and anemia.