The root of Solomons Seal (Polygonatum biflorum or multiflorum) medicinal herb is widely known and used in tincture form (internally) or as a salve (externally). However, when prepared as a tea Solomons Seal root has unique healing benefits, as compared to tincture or salve.
The information available on the Internet about using Solomon’s Seal as a tea is not entirely accurate, especially suggested dosage amounts.
The purpose of this article is to clarify the potential healing benefits of Solomons Seal tea for certain health issues, including its proper preparation and dosage.
Solomons Seal tea, in particular, makes the best use of the plant’s excellent demulcent qualities (also referred to as mucilaginous or muco-protective). Mucilage is a polysaccharide substance obtained from the roots or seeds of a plant.
A mucilaginous or demulcent herb is viscous and gelatinous, and thus protective and soothing to the mucus membranes and other irritated or inflamed internal tissues of the body.
One of the important properties of Solomon’s Seal is that of an expectorant. If one has a stubborn dry cough with sticky mucus that is difficult to expel, for example, Solomons Seal may help to loosen that mucus in the lungs, lessening congestion.
While it is particularly effective for a dry cough, Solomons Seal tea can be used to treat any type of cough, respiratory infection, or lung congestion. And remember, because it is also a demulcent, it coats the throat and helps relieve the irritation causing a cough.
Historically, the tea has even been used to treat such
conditions as tuberculosis, pulmonary consumption, and bleeding of the
lungs, but these types of uses must necessarily be discussed with your
doctor or health practitioner.
Solomons Seal is an excellent anti-inflammatory. It contains allantoin, which is important in the reduction of inflammation, such as that caused by arthritis.
The tea can be useful in lessening the severity of gastrointestinal conditions, including ulceration, indigestion, heartburn, irritated or inflamed digestive tract, and diarrhea, all of which can be caused in part by inflammation.
Solomons Seal is also an excellent remedy for women’s issues. Regular use of the tea (or tincture) can help to ensure abundant reproductive secretions, heal inflamed vaginal tissue, and ease vaginal dryness (especially common for post-menopausal women).
Solomon’s Seal is also nourishing
and building for women who wish to conceive, for new mothers, for women
who feel overworked and stressed, and for women experiencing menstrual cramps or going through menopause or post-menopause.
Solomons Seal is known to have a mild regulating effect on the heart muscle because it contains small, safe amounts of the substance convallarin, a cardio glycoside.
In this sense, it is a heart tonic. The National Institute of Health is currently researching Solomon’s Seal’s effectiveness in lowering high blood pressure.
If you are pregnant, have low blood pressure, or are on heart medication, it is not recommended that you use Solomon’s Seal without consulting your doctor.
Mild Diuretic and Detoxifier
There is no question that Solomon’s Seal Tea makes you pee more, though not excessively so.
It promotes the formation of urine by the kidney and may aid in flushing the body of toxins and excess water, and breaking down fat.
If you drink the tea in the evening, you may wish to drink it early
enough that you’re not waking up in the middle of the night to use the
The proper amount of loose Solomon’s Seal tea to use per 6-10 oz. of water is 1/2 tsp.)The proper amount of loose Solomon’s Seal tea to use per 6-10 oz. of water is 1/2 tsp.
CAUTION: Most Internet websites suggest 1 tsp per cup. THIS IS NOT CORRECT. It may give you a headache or slight upset stomach. Trust us, we have thoroughly tested various dosage amounts and our suggestion is the safest and most accurate.
This dosage is safe to take for 2 to 6 months or longer as needed.
This article written by C. Forrest McDowell, PhD and Tricia Clark-McDowell
By: Dr. C. Forrest McDowell
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