The Health Benefits of Milk Thistle and Kombucha Teas

Milk Thistle Tea

Milk thistle is a flowering herb that is related to the ragweed and daisy family.  Native to the Mediterranean countries this herb can be found growing wildly in the west and east coasts.  This herb gets its name from the milky white substance that comes from crushed leaves.  This is an excellent plant to keep around if you want to protect your liver.  The seeds contain silymarin which is an active ingredient that helps make the liver stronger, reduces inflammation and swelling and helps remove toxins from this organ.  Some other benefits of this herb include lowering bad cholesterol, controlling your blood sugar levels and regulating the digestive system so you are more regular.

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With all these benefits, you might want to consider drinking milk thistle tea on a regular basis.  You can purchase bagged tea at your local Wegmans or health food store.  However, it would be more beneficial to make your own tea from the seas,  All you would need are some seeds.  While you can easily find milk thistle if you live on the east or west coasts, it is better to purchase some from a reputable health food store or from online sites such as EBay or Amazon.  If you try to collect the seeds from the wild, it might be a bit time consuming.  There is also the risk of harvesting poisonous plants which can be confused for this herb.

Measure out one to two teaspoons into the tea ball.  Put the ball into an eight ounce cup.  Pour boiling water over the ball.  Cover the cup to prevent steam from escaping.  Allow the tea to brew for fifteen to twenty minutes before drinking.

For extra healing properties and health benefits, and for flavor, add some honey and lemon juice.

Note if you are allergic to ragweed, do not use milk thistle since it might cause a reaction.  Talk to your doctor about alternative tea for overall liver health.


Kombucha Tea

Kombucha tea is a Chinese tea that is made from a colony of good bacteria and yeast and fermented with tea and sugar for 7-10 days. It has been said that the Chinese have been drinking this tea for over 2,000 years. Because of its many health benefits, you should consider buying some and adding it to your tea collection.

Since Kombucha contains good bacteria, you can effectively treat yeast infections. You can drink the tea and notice immediate improvement or try other methods as well. You can add a teaspoon of the tea to a douche.  Douche twice a day until the itching and burning go away.  You can also fill your bath tub with warm water and add a cup of tea to the water.  Sit in it for twenty minutes.  You can also use a sitz bath which can be purchased one at most pharmacies.

If you are suffering from constipation, the good bacteria from Kombucha tea move the moisture through the digestive system. With the probiotic bacteria you will start having regular bowel movements in no time at all.

Kombucha tea is an excellent tool in weight loss. Drinking it will speed up your metabolism. When your metabolism is increased, more fat will be burned. This tea can also help suppress you appetite.

Kombucha tea plays a major role in improving liver function by removing the toxins from your body. It even removes kidney stones and prevents crystals from forming in the urinary tract because of its diuretic properties.

Kombucha tea contains anti-aging properties. Just by applying the tea on your face, you are helping your skin look younger and healthier and may even prevent wrinkles.

If you want shining hair rub a cup of warm kombucha tea in your hair and rinse it out after two minutes. If you have longer hair, you may need to use more tea. Not only will you have a nice shine to your hair, you can also protect it from split ends, breakage and reverse damage caused by hair color treatments and Ultra Violet ray damage.

Kombucha tea contains anti-inflammatory properties and is a natural pain reliever. Drinking this helps if you are suffering from arthritis and helps get rid of the pain from a headache or sore throat.

Kombucha tea boosts the immune system because of its energy producing capabilities. If you have a cold or the flu, drinking this tea may help fight the symptoms. You can even prevent yourself from getting sick in the first place by including this tea in your daily regimen.

There are many recipes for making your own kombucha tea. While the Asians have been making this tea for centuries, it is advisable not to. First of all it is a long process and while you sit and wait while it ferments, wouldn’t you rather have some right away? Also, things sometimes can go wrong while it is being made and the tea can be contaminated with toxins. It is advisable to purchase the tea already made. You can purchase this tea at many health food stores and possibly in the tea aisle at your local grocery store. Yogi is a popular tea brand and they do offer this tea. Look for a variety of products which include:



Loose Tea

Cold Drinks







Always talk to your doctor, before starting any natural healing. Some herbs may interact with medications and supplements that you may be already taking.








  1. Francine Labelle

    My ex-husband, I am sorry to say, is an alcoholic. With his constant drinking, his liver is causing him pain and it is swollen. But he now takes milk thistle capsules which he swears do help his liver. I just wish he would stop his drinking though. But there is nothing I can do about it. I wonder, though, if the capsule are just as good as the real thing such as the tea.

    1. Gil Camporazo

      Either is good or not at least your hubby has an option to get well from his liver infection. Hoping it will relieve him soon.

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