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Willowherb is a common name for several species of herbaceous plants in the family Onagraceae. The genus Epilobium contains about 50-60 different plant species, including willowherbs and fireweeds.




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Willow Herb Tea: The perfect tea for men

The Willow Herb, also known as Fireweed, has been a popular tea herb for centuries – especially among men. It is quite a striking plant, characterized by its purple flowers which grow up to 1.5m in height. Usually found in clearings and alongside roads, the Willow Herb is 100% natural and pure – free of any additives or preservatives. Our quality product originates from the air-free valleys and forests of Bulgaria where it is hand-picked before being gently dried by hanging it in bunches in the sun. The packaging ensures durability with its resealable bag while still allowing the tea leaves room to breathe. To prepare, simply pour boiling water over a tablespoon per cup (250ml) and let steep for 10-15 minutes.

Ivan Tea: Wild, Organic, and Fermented

This tea is unlike any other you’ve ever tried. Wild harvested and organic, the ivan tea fermented fireweed willowherb (epilobium angustifolium) has a unique flavor that is sure to please. This tea is grown in the Altai mountains of Siberia, where wildlife has remained unchanged for centuries. The harsh climate of Siberia synthesizes protective active substances in the herbs and plants, which gives this tea its strong anti-oxidant properties.

Willowherb: Frequently asked questions

What types of Willowherb are there and what determines a good product?

There are over 200 species of Willowherb in the UK, but only a few have been recorded on our reserve. The most common is Common Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum), which has hairy leaves and stems. It flowers from June to September with pink or white flowers that smell like honey when they open up in the morning sun. Another very common type is Great Burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis). This one also smells sweetly of honey when it opens its flower buds at dawn, but then produces small greenish-yellow flowers later in the day. Less commonly seen are Marsh Willowherbs such as Broadleaved Water Dropwort (Oenanthe lachenalii) and Narrowleafed Water Dropwort (Oenanthe fistulosa). These two plants can be distinguished by their leaf shape – Oenanthe lachenalii has broad leaves while Oenanthe fistulosa’s leaves are narrow; both produce yellowy-greenish coloured blooms during July/August time period before dying back for winter dormancy until springtime next year.

A good Willowherb will have a nice, well-rounded flavour. It should be quite sweet and not bitter or sour in any way. The colour of the flowers is also important – they should be bright yellow with no browning at all around the edges. They mustn’t smell ‘off’ either; if you get that sort of unpleasant aroma it means there are bugs inside them.

Who should use a Willowherb?

Anyone who is looking for a natural alternative to synthetic anti-inflammatory medications. Willowherb has been used in traditional herbal medicine as an effective remedy for inflammation, pain and fever. It can be taken by anyone at any time of the day or night without causing drowsiness or other side effects associated with conventional drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen and paracetamol.

Based on what criteria should you buy a Willowherb?

You should buy a Willowherb if you are looking for an easy to grow plant that will attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators. It is also good as a ground cover or in containers.

You need to look out for the size of the plant, as well as its height. The Willowherb will grow in a variety of sizes and heights depending on where it is planted. If you are looking at buying one from a garden centre or nursery then make sure that they have labelled it correctly so that you know what type of Willowherb you are getting.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a Willowherb?

Advantages

The Willowherb is a very versatile plant. It can be used as an ornamental, medicinal herb and even for food. This makes it one of the most useful plants in any garden or landscape.

Disadvantages

It is a very invasive plant, and can take over an area if not kept in check.

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Which brands and manufacturers are represented in our review?

In our review, we present products from various manufacturers and suppliers. The list includes products from the following brands and manufacturers, among others:

  • Alpi Nature
  • Herba Organica

What is the price range of the featured products?

The cheapest Willowherb in our review costs around 1 pounds and is ideal for customers who are conscious about their money. However, those who are willing to spend more money for better quality can also spend around 9 pounds for one of the more expensive products.

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