Nutritional qualities and Benefits
Wild forest tea is one of only ten herbs approved by the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) as an alternative medicine for specific health problems. In this case, the DOH recommends the use of wild forest tea for stomach cramps and abdominal pains. Because the plant has a high fluoride content, wild forest tea leaves can be boiled and the resulting tisane or decoction used as a cleansing and teeth-strengthening mouthwash.
Rosmarinic acid is a polyphenol, an anti-oxidant that is usually found in herbal plants used for cooking such as sage, oregano, basil, mint and marjoram. Like other anti-oxidants it helps to protect our cells and DNA from damage by free radicals, damage that can escalate into conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Japanese and Filipino scientists discovered that rosmarinic acid is also present in wild forest tea as one of its biologically active elements. The acid is anti-allergic. It suppresses the release of histamine that is stored in our bodies and responsible for the symptoms of an allergic reaction-itching, redness and a runny nose, and in extreme cases, even difficulty in breathing and shock.
Rosmarinic acid is also being studied regarding its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antidiarrheal, analgesic, and anti-cancer properties, plus its possible beneficial effects on people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease.