The wildcrafted root of the herb Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum, multiflorum, odoratum, or siberian genus)) is historically known and used in tincture form (internally) salve (externally) or topical spray. However, when prepared as a tea (i.e. herbal infusion) Solomon’s Seal root has unique benefits, when compared to tincture or salve.
SPECIAL NOTE — OUR TEA HAS A NEW NAME!
April 2015 — In order to meet FDA regulations, we no longer package and sell Cortesia Solomon's Seal Tea, per se. We now offer Solomon's Seal in-a-Pouch as a Bulk Herb, which includes instructions for making tea. It is the exact same organic Solomon's Seal kernal grind as the old tea package. You now have more options for use.
Tincture or Tea — Unique Benefits for Each
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Tea • Tonic
Powder • Tincture • Salve
People know our quality of organic Solomon's Seal and often ask if it is available in bulk.
We have replaced our 2oz grind of Cortesia Solomon's Seal Tea with our Solomon's Seal in-a-Pouch.
You get the exact same ground kernals of organic Solomon's Seal root.
Now you have more options.
Comes with instructions for Tea
2 oz Pouch $10
First, it is important to clarify when the tea can offer superior benefits and when it is more advantageous to use Solomon’s Seal as a tincture or salve. In some cases, the tincture and tea are interchangeable. If for some reason you cannot consume alcohol-based tinctures, than by all means try the tea. It has a mild, slightly sweet, nutty taste and is cooling and moistening to the body.
Solomon’s 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.
As a TEA, Solomon's Seal soothes irritation in the digestive tract, lungs, throat, vagina ,and uterus. It also aids in loosening up coughs This is because of its soothing demulcent and mucilaginous qualities.
As a TINCTURE Solomon's Seal is generally superior to the tea for treating sports and repetitive use injuries, and injuries involving tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, attachments, cartilage, and bones. In short, the tincture works to strengthen and regulate the entire muscular-skeletal system.
Use either the tea or tincture to speed recovery after surgery or the setting of a bone, to rebuild strength and well-being after a fever or the flu, or to aid in keeping a chiropractic adjustment in place.
General Healing Properties of Solomon’s Seal Root
Sometimes it can be confusing which form of Solomon’s Seal to take: tincture, salve or tea. Below is a summary of the many properties of Solomon’s Seal. In parenthesis is listed one or more forms of the herb that best embody these characteristics – tincture, tea, or salve.
- Mild Sedative – (tea, tincture) soothes and reduces nervousness, distress, excitement, or irritation. It can also ease pain or discomfort (for example, joint pain, menstrual cramps, or hot flashes) and have a strengthening, tonic effect. (See our Cortesia Solomon's Seal Tincture - Formula #4: Pain & Tension Ease and Cortesia Solomon's Seal Tincture - Formula #5: Women's Health)
- Vulnerary – (salve) heals open wounds and is useful in external applications, including poultices, salves, etc. (Try our Cortesia Healing Salve with Solomon’s Seal for open wounds, cuts, burns, bruises, etc. and our Cortesia Solomon’s Seal Acute & Chronic Injury Salve for sprains, strains, inflamed tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints (not for open wounds).
- Demulcent - (tea (internal use) or salve (external use) a bland, mucilaginous herb, which is soothing, cooling, and moistening when applied to irritated, inflamed, or abraded tissue, especially mucus membranes, throat, lungs, and skin
- Tonic — (tincture and tea) restores normal functions by stimulating, invigorating, strengthening, and toning the kidneys, heart, and sexual organs, and soothing the digestive system. Also very beneficial for the skin.
- Adaptogenic – (tincture and tea) helps the body to adapt to internal and environmental stresses by strengthening the immune system. Solomon’s Seal works synergistically and is highly effective when combined with other specific herbs such as agrimony, vervain, and many more.
- Diuretic – (tea) mildly increases the secretion, flow, and expulsion of urine.
- Expectorant – (tea) promotes the discharge of mucus and phlegm from the lungs and throat by means of spitting or coughing. (Sedative expectorants like Solomon’s Seal reduce irritation).
Health Benefits of Solomon’s Seal Tea
We see from the list above that 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, Solomon’s Seal may help to loosen that mucus in the lungs, lessening congestion.
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While it is particularly effective for a
dry cough, Solomon’s 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.
Solomon’s Seal contains allantoin, which is important in the reduction of inflammation. 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.
Solomon’s 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. That list includes just about every woman we know. For women's issues consider using our Cortesia Solomon's Seal Tincture - Formula #4: Pain & Tension Ease and Cortesia Solomon's Seal Tincture - Formula #5: Women's Health for women.
Solomon’s 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. The National Institute of Health is currently researching Solomon’s Seal’s effectiveness in lowering high blood pressure. Herbalist Matthew Wood says it can be safely used as a mild heart tonic (p. 404, Book of Herbal Wisdom). 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 & 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 bathroom.
PREPARATION & USE — Solomon's Seal Tea
IMPORTANT: Use 1/2 teaspoon or less of
loose Solomon’s Seal root per 6-10 oz of water
No tea bag or strainer is necessary because the root swells and sinks to the bottom of the cup for easy sipping
CAUTION: Many Internet websites suggest 1 tsp per cup. THIS IS NOT CORRECT — it may give you a headache or upset stomach. Trust us, we have thoroughly tested various amounts and our suggestion is the safest and most accurate. Slowly, our correct amount of 1/2 teaspoon is going around the Internet.
*NOTE: If you are also using one of our Solomon’s Seal Tinctures, it Is best not to exceed three total servings of the tea and tincture per day . (Example: 2 servings of tincture, 1 cup of tea. OR, 1 serving of tincture, 2 cups of tea).
In the event that you find, as others have, that you are too busy to drink more than one cup a day but would like to increase your tea intake, here is a suggestion. When you are experiencing a serious condition, for example deep chest congestion or a chronic cough, taking the tea two or even three times a day would definitely be indicated. You can brew three or four cups at a time, put it in bottle and sip it throughout the day. That way you may make faster improvement. It's no harder to brew three cups than to brew one cup. Re-warm as needed, but do not bring to a boil.
Solomon’s Seal has a mild, slightly sweet, nutty taste, so you will probably find it quite easy to drink
To make 1 cup of hot tea:
1) Place 1/2 teaspoon of chopped/ground root in an empty cup
2) Boil tea water, wait a minute or two before pouring it into your cup
3) Cover and steep for 7-10 minutes
You don’t need a tea ball or strainer because the root simply sinks to the bottom and swells up.
You can chew on the swollen root bits— it won't hurt you
You can drink two or three cups a day, as needed, but you may find that one cup per day is enough.
Never drink more than three cups in a day.
You will get even more benefit from the tea if you make a cold infusion
More of the soothing, demulcent (mucilaginous) qualities are drawn out of the herb when it soaks overnight.
You can make a quart at a time, if you like.
To make one quart of cold tea:
Place 2 teaspoons of Solomon’s Seal Root in a clean quart jar (1/2 tsp per cup)
2) Fill with water and allow to sit overnight at room temperature. It will be ready to drink the next morning.
3) Store in the refrigerator to keep fresh
Sip throughout the day, or re-warm as needed, but do not bring to a boil.
Don’t make more tea than you can drink in a day or two.
The information presented on this website is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease, illness or distressing conditions. Individual results may vary. It is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider and/or to fully educate yourself as to the benefits and possible complications of any alternative form of treatment.