I’m a big fan of Persian Chai Gol Gavzaban, which translates to starflower tea, as it’s great for helping relieve menstrual cramps. Drinking it always leaves me feeling relaxed and stress-free.
To make it, steep the dried purple flowers in hot boiling water for around 30 minutes in a teapot before serving. As it’s quite bitter, the tea can be sweetened with rock sugar (nabat) or honey. A typical dose is one to two grams per day. You shouldn’t drink too much of it.
There are huge health benefits to be had from drinking starflower tea as it contains high levels of GLA, gamma linolenic acid. This essential fatty acid is something our body needs for optimum health. A deficiency can affect cardiovascular function, inflamation and mood. EFAs can also improve hair and nail growth and appearance.
Starflower tea is a great herbal remedy particularly for women because it contains high levels of calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, B and C vitamins and beta carotene, making it really nutritional.
The tea helps calm body and mind by restoring the adrenal glands to their natural balance. The adrenal glands work hard to prepare the body for fight or flight situations, but adrenal fatigue can occur when we are overstressed.
Starflower tea is also a natural sedative which can help to ease depression and mood swings. It is well-known for its soothing qualities and is therefore great to drink before sitting a driving test or if you have travel sickness.
Starflower is currently being researched as a potential treatment for rheumatoid arthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help relieve certain skin disorders such as eczema and dermatitis.
It is not recommended to drink starflower tea or take supplements in pregnancy or when trying to conceive.