5 Benefits of Artichoke Tea

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Having a glass of artichoke tea isn’t the most common drink to unwind, but it is surprisingly good for your overall health.

What is Artichoke Tea?

Artichoke tea is an earthy and beneficial tea brewed from the leaves, stalk, and roots of the artichoke plant. Scientifically known as Cynara scolymus, most people are only familiar with artichokes as appetizers, or they enjoy eating the pickled artichoke hearts. The idea of brewing a tea with this unusual vegetable dates back thousands of years, to the ancient Greeks and Romans, and it remains a viable remedy for many common health conditions.

Artichokes kept next to a teapot and cup filled with artichoke tea

Artichoke herbal tea helps to protect the liver and treat related diseases. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The taste of artichoke tea is unexpectedly pleasant, with a smooth sweet flavor that is rather subtle. Despite the sweetness, there is an earthy note to it that some people try to cover with a bit of natural sweetener. However you choose to prepare it, this unique tea can have some very impressive health effects.

Artichoke Tea Health Benefits

The nutrient-rich artichoke tea contains vitamins, folate, and minerals such as phosphorus, zinc, and iron that have health benefits for the liver and help detoxify the body. Oher health benefits of artichoke tea include lowering blood pressure, aiding weight loss, and optimizing digestive processes, to name a few.

Skin Appearance

This vegetable is very dense in antioxidants, such as quercetin and rutin, as well as vitamin C, all of which can help protect the skin from chronic disease and oxidative stress, thus preventing wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes.

Antioxidant Properties

On a similar note, artichoke’s dense antioxidant levels will also help you avoid the negative effects of free radicals in the rest of the body and also aids in lowering the risk of chronic diseases.

Heart Health

This tea is known to lower blood pressure and overall cholesterol levels, which can prevent conditions like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.

Weight Loss

There are some trace minerals in this tea that can suppress the appetite, which can help to prevent overeating and aid in weight loss goals.

Detoxify

Studies find that artichoke tea is able to increase liver cleansing and reduce toxicity in the body, which will help the metabolism and reduce strain on the immune system.

How to Make Artichoke Tea?

You can brew artichoke at home, provided you don’t want to drink it right away, as the process is a bit time-intensive. So let us get started with the recipe.

Artichokes kept next to a teapot and cup filled with artichoke tea

Artichoke Tea Recipe For the Stomach and Liver

A cup of sweet artichoke tea is your solution to all health problems!
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Artichoke tea, artichoke
Appliance: Stove
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 1 medium-sized jar
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 4 artichokes
  • 1.5 gallon of water
  • 2 tsp honey (optional)
  • 1 sprig rosemary (optional)
  • 1 lemon (optional)

Instructions

  • To make artichoke tea, first, trim down the artichoke, by removing the layers and just keeping the vegetable. Boil 1.5 gallons of water for 4 artichokes. Let the water boil for about 20 minutes. 
  • While boiling, cover the lid. Once done, turn off the lid, and let the artichokes steep in the water for an additional 20 minutes. This will help to draw out more nutrients.
  • Thereafter, remove the artichokes one by one. 
  • Squeeze the juice out of a lemon and add to the tea to enhance the flavor. You can also add a teaspoon of honey or any other sweetener you want. Honey is, however, considered to be healthier. Furthermore, you can add a sprig of rosemary to give the overall flavor a boost. Enjoy the warm cup of tea with friends and family. 
    Artichokes kept next to a teapot and cup filled with artichoke tea

Notes

You can drink it twice a day. Be mindful of the quantity you make as it does not stay longer than 3 days in the refrigerator. 

Artichoke Tea Side Effects

There are quite a few good things about artichoke tea, but there are some considerations, such as allergic reactions and issues with gallstones. Some people are allergic to artichokes or may react to this concentration of its active ingredients. Start by drinking a small amount, and if you experience side effects besides a bit more flatulence, you may be sensitive to this tea. People with kidney or gallstones may want to avoid this tea, as it can exacerbate these problems. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are not recommended to drink this potent preparation.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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