One of the big hits at our retreat with Dr Klinghardt in the summer 0f 2010 was Cistus Tea, a pleasant tasting loose tea with a mild, berry-like flavor. In Germany, dogs who were given a daily dose got 1/100th the tick bites of dogs who weren’t. Since I live in one of the worst areas in the world for ticks and Lyme, and spend about an hour a day walking with my little pal Lucy in the woods, I was very eager to test it out on us both. What I find is that the ticks don’t seem to like us any more, and yay for that!
If using it consistently, I no longer find ticks on either of us, and many of my clients have had the same experience. And that’s a pretty dramatic statement. After all, we tromp in the woods four times a day, and Lucy has her nose and paws in all sorts of leaves and brush where ticks love to hang out.
Recent research suggests that stevia is also beneficial as a component to healing Lyme, so that’s what I recommend you use to sweeten. It must be whole leaf stevia, and of course, look for one that has no or minimal additives or fillers. I recommend the one from BioPure therapeutically, but you can find “clean” stevia at your health food store or on Amazon.
I drink a couple of cups a day and thoroughly enjoy it. It works well as iced tea, so you can make a quantity and store in the fridge cold. Try mixing with fruity teas such as hibiscus. For Lucy, who is ten pounds, I mash about a tablespoon of my brewed cistus tea into her food each time I feed her.
While Cistus Tea is making its reputation in the area of Lyme Disease, that is not the only reason to drink it. Did you know that Cistus Tea is also a very powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and detoxifier? Recent studies show it helps eliminate toxic heavy metals from cigarette smoke, dental fillings, and environmental pollution. It can also help eliminate candida and H. pylori. Pat a concentrated tea on your skin to improve dermatitis, or just improve your complexion. It is also anti-viral, immune supportive and cardiovascular supportive.
Directions: Use 1 teaspoon of loose tea per cup of boiling water, let it steep about 10 minutes, and strain. Important: Re-use the same tea 3 times in order to extract all the different phytonutrients.