WEIGHT LOSS TEA

No doubt there are many reasons for unhealthy weight gain.  Apart from genetic, medical, or pharmaceutical reasons for the gain, taking on the responsibility of moderating our weight surely implies at the very least an appropriate intake of nutrients from food.  Cheryl’s Herbs’ Weight Loss Tea has been built upon the knowledge that certain herbs have an affinity for the digestive system and support it by enhancing digestion and absorption of nutrients, which in turn promote metabolism and elimination.

Seven herbs combine to help support weight loss:

CHICKWEED HERB - is a type of demulcent herb indicated for the digestive tract.  By moistening, soothing, cooling, and reducing inflammation, it increases the function of the mucosal lining of the tract.  Optimal performance of the mucosal lining improves absorption of nutrients into the body, which then increases the efficiency of our metabolism.  Efficient metabolism means more energy to use and more calories burned.  Improved absorption and metabolism facilitate elimination, as well.  Additionally, and what makes this herb the star of this weight loss combination, is Chickweed Herb’s ability to reduce fat cells.

FENUGREEK SEED - appears to have some success in helping to normalize blood sugar levels.  When those levels are within proper range, hunger is better controlled.

FENNEL SEED - settles the stomach and stimulates digestion.

DANDELION ROOT - is a bitter herb which classifies it as a digestive stimulant.  It helps promote the flow of bile which means it assists in the digestion of fat.  Fat appears to be a major fuel for our metabolism.

GOTU KOLA HERB - helps relieve sluggish digestion.

LAPACHO BARK - It may be Lapacho Bark’s laxative effect that aids in some degree of weight loss.

MILK THISTLE SEED - offers significant support to the health of the liver.  Because one of the liver’s jobs is to produce bile, Milk Thistle Seed contributes to the proper digestion of fat.

SOURCES:  Peter Holmes’ The Energetics of Western Herbs, Dr. Sharol Marie Tilgner’s Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth, Leslie Taylor’s The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs

BOTANICAL SAFETY INFORMATION

Chickweed Herb, Stellaria media, organic

Safe to consume when used appropriately.

Fenugreek Seed, Trigonella foenum-graecum, organic

Avoid during pregnancy. Avoid with blood thinning medication. May lower blood sugar. Use with caution if diabetic and monitor blood sugar levels.  Medication should be taken one hour before or several hours after consumption of Fenugreek seed. The mucilage content of Fenugreek seed inhibits iron absorption. Repeated external application can result in undesirable skin reactions.

Fennel Seed, Foeniculum vulgare, organic

Avoid use of Fennel seed alcohol liquid extracts and Fennel seed essential oil during pregnancy or lactation.  Avoid if allergic to members of the Apiaceae family (carrot family).  Fennel seed might increase the risk of bleeding or bruising.  Avoid with bleeding disorders. Avoid with Cipro. Avoid with birth control pills.  Avoid with hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids. Avoid with Tamoxifen. Not for long-term use.

Dandelion Root, Taraxacum officinale, organic

Avoid during blockage of bile ducts, acute gallbladder inflammation, gallstones, and intestinal blockage. 

Gotu Kola Herb, Centella asiatica, organic

Safe to consume when used appropriately.

Lapacho Bark (Paud'Arco), Tabebuia avellanedae, wild crafted

Avoid during pregnancy or lactation.  Avoid with blood thinning medication. Large single doses of Lapacho bark decoctions may cause gastrointestinal upset and/or nausea.

Milk Thistle Seed, Silybum marianum, organic

Use with caution if diabetic and monitor blood sugar levels. May decrease effect of medication broken down by the liver. May enhance or impair iron absorption.