Prevention Magazine says, “Move over, Green Tea.” There is a new contender for King of Teas in court: Hibiscus Tea!
What started off as a People’s Pharmacy report about seeing blood pressure drop from 132/80 to 102/70 by drinking hibiscus tea has been recently validated by science. Iranian researchers reported that study participants who drank hibiscus tea after every meal for a month saw a 44% drop in blood pressure. Boston researchers found a seven point blood pressure drop among hibiscus tea drinkers, which they said was enough to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke among most patients.
While antifungal research is still scant, many hibiscus lovers say the tea has helped clear up their foot fungus as well.
Antifungal Properties of Hibiscus Tea
Tea tree has been the most well-studied type of tea with regard to toenail fungus treatment capabilities. Yet, hibiscus tea has been said to possess many of the same antifungal and antibacterial properties.
More importantly, a review published in the journal Mycobiology identified the root of the Hibiscus syriacus as a treatment for athlete’s foot fungus. By crossing the plant with the Hibiscus syriacus Ggoma, they were able to achieve four times higher antifungal activity against the ringworm fungus. Researchers from Asia concluded that nonanoic acid was responsible for inhibiting spore germination and mycelial growth of pathogenic fungus.
A Word of Warning About Hibiscus Tea
There are a few dangers of hibiscus tea to consider. For instance, you should not drink hibiscus tea if:
– You are taking anti-inflammatory medicine or acetaminophen, as the tea can interact.
– You have low blood pressure, as the tea could lower your blood pressure even further.
– You are pregnant or nursing, as the effects on fetal development are not well studied.
– You will be operating heavy machinery, as the tea tends to make drinkers drowsy.
Other Natural Remedies for Foot Fungus
We’ve heard that thyme oil, vinegar soaks, jewelweed juice, and garlic can all be used for natural treatment of foot fungus. Yet, we also know that toenail fungus, specifically, is one of the most persistent and difficult fungi to get rid of for good. That’s why we recommend moving from the realm of homeopathic medicine into other types of natural cures for foot fungus. For instance, harnessing the power of laser light and UV light have proven very effective in the eradication of toenail fungus.
The SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer is not a cure for toenail fungus, but it’s an important part of preventing a return of fungus. Keep in mind that it only takes a few tiny, active spores to re-contaminate your footwear and your feet, therefore derailing your entire foot fungus treatment! No one wants that. Invest in a SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer and use it on all affected footwear regularly to limit the colonization of pathogens in your shoes and lead a more sanitary lifestyle.