Draining teas: infusions to combat water retention


Have you ever tried draining herbal teas? These are infusions that help to dispose of the liquids retained in the body, by means of diuresis or sweat.

So, let’s say we have a water retention problem, what should our typical day be like?

  • In the morning: Scottish shower, draining herbal tea chosen from those listed below, movement (house cleaning, shopping, taking the dog out or going to work possibly on foot). Snack: pineapple juice.
  • Lunch: wholemeal pasta with vegetables, fruit and vegetables.
  • Afternoon and evening: sport (also homemade, even dance, even bicycles, even running, the word “gymnasium” is not necessary, bathtub with water and coarse salt, at least half an hour of bath (alternatively salt packs). If it’s summer, go swimming in the sea and combine the two. Snack: draining herbal tea.
  • At dinner: steamed fish, vegetables.
  • After dinner: draining massage, legs in the air to deflate them and at least an hour of yoga.
  • Non-optional rules: drink 2 liters of water a day, avoid salt.

Questions? The Scottish shower alternates jets of hot and cold water to promote circulation, the salt compresses are mixed salt with natural oils (bitter orange for example), a few drops of extra virgin olive oil and if you have some cellulite powder coffee or a little pineapple juice, must be a paste to be distributed in critical areas by stopping it with the film (after an hour of laying just take a shower).

But let’s move on to herbal teas.

Draining herbal teas: benefits, use, contraindications

Herbal teas, like other herbal teas, are simply infused herbs that have the property to deflate and drain excess fluids.

Do we all need these teas? In particular moments it may happen to feel swollen, especially for women during the cycle and therefore in this period it is good to take them; even if you suffer from stones and problems with the urinary system, these teas are useful.

How do you understand when you need it? Following the signs of the body:

  • It feels heavy and tired,
  • You notice swollen legs and feet,
  • When you suffer from venous insufficiency,
  • In case of appearance of cellulite,
  • When you notice your face and swollen hands.

In these cases, if we are talking about diseases, we talk to the doctor, if we are talking about temporary swelling, we take draining teas.

Here are the benefits of draining herbal teas:

  • Help to eliminate stagnant liquids,
  • Deflate,
  • Help diuresis and therefore purification,
  • Improve the problem of cellulite.

Obviously if you suffer from kidney disease it is essential to speak with your doctor, same thing if you have problems with the veins.

Is there any difference between herbal teas bought in herbal medicine and those bought at the supermarket? Yes, generally those of the super are “cut” with other carrier herbs so they contain little active ingredient.

Draining herbal teas: herbs to use

Let’s see what are the herbs to use to make these teas, who knows that we do not discover to have some of them in the garden:

  • Cherry (peduncles of the fruits), has a good draining effect;
  • Horsetail (aerial parts), has diuretic properties;
  • Ash (leaves and seeds), reduces the swelling caused by water retention;
  • Pilosella (aerial parts), depurative, anti-inflammatory and diuretic;
  • Gramigna (rhizome), very diuretic;
  • Dandelion (root), purifies and stimulates diuresis;
  • Golden rod (flowering tops);
  • Orthosiphon (leaves), excellent against water retention, diuretic;
  • Ononide spinosa (root), depurative and diuretic;
  • Nettle (leaves), diuretic;
  • Birch (dry extracts), favors the elimination of stagnation of liquids;
  • Centella (dry extract), improves circulation and health of venous walls.

DIY draining herbal teas: recipes

1. Draining herbal tea with dandelion and birch


A pot of water,
1 teaspoon of dried dandelion extract,
1 teaspoon of birch.
Put the herbs in the water jug, bring to a boil for 5 minutes, filter and drink. At least 3 cups a day for no more than ten days. It is an infusion that stimulates diuresis, so within a couple of days the swelling will be much less visible.

2. Cherry peduncles


  • Half a glass of cherry stalks,
  • A pot of water.ì

After the cherries have been eaten, put aside the peduncles, then wash them and either immediately make the draining herbal tea or put them to dry. To make tea, just boil them for about ten minutes. Two cups of tea are drunk every day for two weeks at most. The cherry peduncles are very diuretic and promote good drainage of liquids.

3. Herbal tea nettle and gramigna


  • A pot of water,
  • Two young nettle seedlings,
  • Two young plants of gramigna.

Wash well the seedlings (they are also found among the herbaceous of the garden), remove roots and not good parts, then bring them to boil and after ten minutes filter and drink. Twice a day, morning and evening, for a week. It is a draining herbal tea that greatly stimulates diuresis.

4. Draining herbal tea of birch and horsetail


  • A pot of water,
  • Two teaspoons of dry birch extract and one of horsetail.

Place everything in the water jug and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Filter and drink in the evening, for about eight. Excellent draining herbal tea for those suffering from cellulite due to water retention.

5. Draining infusion of red vine


  • A pot of water,
  • 6 gr of dry red vine extract.

Put to boil the water, in a boiling point pour the dry red vine extract, boil 2 minutes, then turn off and cover. After 5 minutes, filter and drink. Two cups a day for 15 days. It is a very useful herbal tea for those suffering from disorders of the veins caused by water retention.

6. Draining herbal tea of pilosella and golden rod


  • A pot of water,
  • 3 gr of dried pilosella extract,
  • 2 gr of golden rod.

Place the herbs to boil in water, after 5 minutes, turn off and cover. After another 5 minutes, filter and drink. A cup in the morning. Definitely good as draining, diuretic and anti-inflammatory.

What are the draining teas that you use the most? Which are, in your opinion, the most effective ones?


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