Heather is a plant. The flower, leaf, and plant top are used to make medicine.
People take heather as a tea for kidney and lower urinary tract conditions,
prostate enlargement, fluid retention, gout, arthritis, sleep disorders,
breathing problems, cough, and colds.
The many heather tea benefits are provided by the active ingredients, which include types of quercetin, dihydroxychromone, flavonoids and tannin.
As an ancient folk remedy among northern European countries, heather tea has likely been utilized for medicinal purposes for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
The tea has been reported to alleviate certain inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, while also improving symptoms of gout and cystitis.
It wasn’t until the modern age that researchers could more accurately pinpoint the therapeutic properties of the plant, and determine additional uses as a natural health therapy.