Drinking Watercress Tea for Health

One great way of extracting the nutrients and maximizing the health benefits out of watercress is by drinking it as a tea.

Watercress is an aquatic herb that has long been valued for its medicinal benefits and not just as a garnish.  Tea and even juice made from fresh watercress leaves are considered as spring tonics and are very useful to the body in several ways.

For one, it is an effective cleansing agent for people suffering from urinary tract infections, liver problems and gallstones.  A natural diuretic, watercress is rich in potassium which encourage the liver to increase urine production.  Thus, it effectively flushes away bacteria out of the body through the urine.

It also has a natural antibacterial effect because watercress has great amounts of mustard oil glycosides and essential oils.

Drinking this mineral tea fortifies the stomach as well.  Two cups of watercress tea promotes the production of stomach juices which is essential in good digestion.  It eliminates fluids in the tissues—an important function especially for people with gout.

But care not to drink too much as it can cause upset stomach.  Do not consume if you are also pregnant because watercress is known to cause uterus stimulation thus bringing on menstruation.

To prepare watercress tea pour a cup of very hot water over two tablespoons of freshly chopped watercress leaves.  Soak the leaves for about 20 minutes before straining.

If you want to drink this brew cold in order to retain most of its nutrients, soak an ounce of watercress leaves in four cups of cold water for 24 hours.  Strain and heat a little.  You can add some tomato juice or fresh carrot juice before drinking.

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One Response to “Drinking Watercress Tea for Health”

  1. Victor says:

    I am putting a whole bunch of watercress in a pan of water to heat and when the water starts getting green I let cool down and put it in a glass jar and put it in the refrigerator and drink 3 cups a day. Does this sounds wright? Please advice

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