We all know how powerful green tea is. But are you aware that there is a kind of tea that West Africans regard as more potent than green tea? It’s called kinkeliba tea, and this article will get you introduced to it. Read on!
Kinkeliba tea is made from the leaves of a bush that widely grows in Gambia, Senegal, Benin and Mali. The leaves are picked and then dried to make them ideal for tea making. Other than for brewing into tea, the said leaves are also commonly employed in a variety of ways for dealing with an assortment of health problems.
Just like most herbal teas on the face of the planet, kinkeliba tea has a strong, earthy flavor. But if you are not a fan of such kind of taste, don’t worry — you can make a cup of kinkeliba tea taste so much better by adding a teaspoon of freshly-squeezed lemon juice or raw honey to it.
Its earthy flavor is perfect when it’s cold, and that’s why kinkeliba tea is ideal during autumn and winter as a cup of it can help you keep warm and your immune system in tip-top shape.
One of the greatest things about kinkeliba tea is it doesn’t have caffeine. This is why this tea is perfect for you if you cannot drink coffee, black tea or green tea because their caffeine content is leaving you with the likes of lightheadedness, nausea, dizziness, headaches, upset stomach, tremors, anxiety and palpitations.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the incredible health perks that kinkeliba tea offers:
It Promotes Liver Health
West African traditional healers commonly recommend the intake of kinkeliba tea in keeping the liver strong and healthy — the tea’s loads of antioxidants shield the liver cells from being damaged by toxins and free radicals. In addition, kinkeliba tea also stimulates bile release in order to avoid problems related to bile duct obstruction.
It Treats Various Stomach Issues
Kinkeliba tea is usually consumed for improving the process of digestion. Sometimes the tea is taken in order to deal with stomach infections because of its impressive antimicrobial properties. The regular consumption of this West African herbal drink also helps in flushing out toxins in the gut.
It Heals Urinary Tract Infections
The consumption of kinkeliba tea is also being done by West Africans who are suffering from urinary tract infections to help them attain healing in no time. This herbal tea works great against UTIs because it has diuretic properties — it flushes out bacteria in the urinary system by increasing the production of urine.
It Promotes a Good Night’s Sleep
A cup of green tea at night may keep you from falling asleep especially if you are sensitive to caffeine. Since kinkeliba tea is completely caffeine-free, you can enjoy a cup of it before bedtime. And it’s something that you may do if you are constantly being bugged by insomnia because kinkeliba tea helps encourage a good night’s sleep.
It Beautifies Skin and Hair
Other than drinking kinkeliba tea, you may also use it topically when cooled to room temperature. This West African herbal tea is well-known for its ability to deal with acne, eczema and many other skin issues. Kinkeliba tea may also be used for rinsing the scalp and hair to accelerate hair growth as well as to ward off hair fall and brittleness.
CAUTION: Just like when thinking of using any other herbal tea for therapeutic purposes, make sure that you let your doctor know about your plan to take kinkeliba tea. This is true most especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or you are diagnosed with a medical condition and currently taking prescription drugs for it.