Rock tea, also called mountain tea, Aragon tea or glutinous jasonia , is a plant that grows between rock fissures in mountainous areas, hence its name. It has a bitter taste and a powerful aroma due to the concentration of essential oils it contains. In addition, it has numerous benefits and health properties.
Despite being called rock tea, it is not a tea but a plant. However, infusions can be prepared from it.
Properties of rock tea
Rock tea or glutinous jasonia has a large number of very beneficial properties for your body and that can help you in cases of cold, indigestion, heaviness, gas, among others. It is very indicated for the treatment of digestive problems since most of its benefits point to ailments related to pain and poor digestion. These are some of the properties of rock tea:
- Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory : its antiseptic properties make it a great ally when it comes to cleaning wounds or treating burns.
- Digestive : helps your body reduce abdominal swelling caused by excessive gas production, in addition to avoiding heartburn after a heavy meal.
- Carminative : its carminative effect acts by favoring the expulsion of gases that cause swelling and the unpleasant discomfort that derives from it.
- Antioxidants : one of the most interesting properties of rock tea is its ability to reduce free radicals in the body, the main culprits of oxidative stress in the skin. Therefore, it is a good ally for beauty treatments.
- Moisturisers : if you find it difficult to drink the recommended amount of water per day, rock tea has a great capacity to hydrate the body, so you can resort to it instead of drinking carbonated beverages that do not benefit your body.
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What is rock tea for – benefits and uses
And in addition to its properties, we do not want to miss the opportunity to tell you about all the benefits of rock tea infusion. Take an infusion of glutinous jasonia every day and you will notice the benefits, especially in digestion.
- Reduces stomach acidity : rock tea is the best ally after a heavy meal as it is a great stimulant of stomach secretions and prevents acidity.
- Relieves abdominal spasms : helps control and reduce intestinal spasms and menstrual cramps, so you can take it to avoid pain caused by the period.
- Improves colds : if used dry, essential oils release their full potential and can help relieve nasal congestion in colds.
- Improves circulation: it is recommended to take infusions of rock tea for varicose veins and venous return problems.
- Fights bad breath : to eliminate halitosis, it is advisable to drink rock tea in infusion, although we also advise you to gargle with it to increase the sensation of freshness.
- Helps you lose weight – Taken with other foods, rock tea has a satiating effect and helps the body slow down during the digestion process. This will help you feel full and keep anxiety at bay until the next meal.
- Fights headaches : it serves as a remedy to lower tension and relieve headaches as it relaxes and can have a mild sedative effect as it does not contain theine.
- Stimulates the appetite – Drinking an infusion of rock tea before meals will stimulate the appetite. Glutinous jasonia can have the opposite effect, so take it as a snack to stimulate appetite and with meals for a satiating effect.
- Relieves pain from bruises : It can reduce inflammation and help cleanse wounds without bleeding when applied topically.
How to drink rock tea
As you can see, there are many uses that we can give to rock tea. If you want to take advantage of all its benefits, but you don't know how to prepare it, in we tell you how to make rock tea infusion and how to prepare it for topical use. Go for it!
How to brew rock tea
- Just like any other herbal tea, rock tea should be made with very clean water.
- Heat 1 liter of water in a saucepan and add 2-3 teaspoons of rock tea flowers.
- Let rest and serve. It will give you to prepare 3 cups. Ideally, use a teaspoon per cup.
- If you are going to use the infusion for intestinal pain , you can add herbs such as savory and lemon balm.
- If you are going to use rock tea for weight loss, do not add sugar. You can use other sweeteners like stevia, as it has a strong bitter taste that you may want to sweeten.
- If you are going to use rock tea for bad breath , remember to also add some mint leaves and a little green anise to enhance its refreshing effects.
We recommend that you drink no more than 2 cups of rock tea per day.
If you want to take advantage of the anti-inflammatory properties of rock tea and use it on bruises or bumps, combine rock tea with herbs such as thyme, cat's tail, and calendula . Wet the affected area with the infusion.
You can store the tea in the fridge, but we recommend preparing only the amount you will consume each day to enjoy it fresh.