Euphorbia Tropical Tea
Farmers and ordinary people consider it a weed, and it is a weed, growing in cracks and crevices in waste land and fields and along streets. In the Philippines, Euphorbia hirta is called gatas-gatas (milk-milk), probably because of the white latex that the plant produces, and tawa-tawa (laugh-laugh), but we don't really know why.
Euphorbia hirta is believed to have originated in Central America and spread like wildfire when introduced to Southeast Asia, India and to other tropical countries. Each plant produces some 3,000 seeds, dispersed effectively by ants or by its own explosive action that pushes the seeds out into its immediate surroundings. The plant is quite sturdy and thrives under both wet and dry conditions but it is sensitive to frost. The ability to adapt and survive has made euphorbia a very common and well known weed spread out over a large area of the world, including Africa.
The still tender shoots and leaves of the weed are edible and can be cooked as a vegetable but they are used as food only during times of extreme deprivation or famine. It can also be used as fodder for the livestock. Euphorbia hirta is probably best known and used as a medicinal herb in all countries where it now exists. For the last century it has been known as the asthma herb or weed and prepared as a tea or dried, rolled and smoked like cigarettes to counter the effects of asthma. It has also been used by traditional healers for a multiplicity of conditions including arthritis, headaches, bronchitis and dysentery and to help women during labor. These uses have been and are still being investigated and the value and health benefits of euphorbia are to a significant degree, being validated and better understood.
Neuleaf Euphorbia Tea is one of Neuleaf's Feel Good Teas, wildcrafted, carefully selected, hand picked, and naturally dried leaves of this valuable and versatile herb.