Made from the leaves and stems of the Bitter Melon (Bitter Gourd) plant, Cerasse is used throughout Jamaica and the Caribbean as a potent blood purifier. Apart from its ability to help cleanse toxins from the body, Cerasee is known to support healthy blood sugar and blood pressure. In addition, it may aid digestive issues, and fight parasites or worms.
Through native to Africa, the Middle East and Caribbean, Cerasee can now be found all over the world. The Bitter Melon fruit it produces is incorporated into many Indian and Chinese dishes. It doesn't stop there, the fruit extract is a potent herbal remedy used to support healthy blood pressure and sugar. If you're interested in learning more about the fruit benefits, click here.
Like the fruit it produces, the Cerasee plant has a very bitter taste. The tea is usually prepared from both leaves and stems. It can be sweetened with both honey and cinnamon--this adds flavor while maintaining the amazing therapeutic benefits which we get more into below.
Rich in Vitamins A, C, iron and phosphorous, Cerasee excels in detoxing the body. However, its many therapeutic benefits originate from its rich antioxidant and polyphenol content.
Support Healthy Cholesterol
Rich in catechin (a flavonol), the same powerful antioxidant found in green tea, Cerasee has the ability to fight inflammation, lower Cholesterol and protect the heart.
Support Healthy Blood Sugar and Pressure
Although tea made from the Bitter Melon fruit is filled with antioxidants, researchers have found tea made from the Cerasee plant (leaves and stems) have a higher concentration of gallic acid. This polyphenol possesses powerful hypoglycemic and anti-hypertensive properties.
Fight parasites and worms
Cerasee's anti-microbial properties have long been used to kill worms and parasite in the body. In addition, it laxative effects also help to expel them.
Support Digestive Health
That pizza you had earlier isn't sitting too well in your stomach? No worries, brew a cup of cerasee tea, it's a go to for Caribbean moms. It's bitter characteristics stimulate bile production that helps to break down food and expel bloating.
Cerasee is a long time remedy used to flush residual medication and drug related toxins from the body. If used continuously over a short period of time, its potent diuretic properties can dehydrate the body.
Support Skin Health
In the Caribbean, Cerasee is sometimes combined with other herbs to make a "bush" bath that is used to alleviate skin conditions like eczema, rash or ring worms (fungal infections)
Support Reproductive Health
Cerasee Tea is great for women experiencing menstrual cramps. It may help to alleviate pain and cramps.
How to make Cerasee Tea
Cerasee can either be made from tea bags or the raw herb. If can usually be found at your local health food store or ethnic market.
If you're making the Tea from the raw herb, boil 2 oz of dried Cerasee leaves and stems in a gallon of water. Next, turn off the heat and let it steep for at least an hour. Add honey, ginger or cinnamon for flavor. It is bitter, but your body will definitely thank you.