Pipsissewa Herb: Medicinal Properties, Dosage, Side Effects

Pipsissewa Herb Medicinal Properties,Dosage,Side Effects
Pipsissewa Herb Medicinal Properties,Dosage,Side Effects

Pipsissewa is a plant which is everlasting, small shrub having the height of about 6-12 inches. It has leaves as long as 2-3 inches which are thick, lustrous in green color.

It has perfumed flowers which are pink in color with purplish centres having 5 petals in corymbs structure. It also has 5-celled erect fruits in pod shape.

Mainly, leaves of this plant are used for medicinal properties, but all other parts of this plant have active properties and can be used for healing purposes. The best way to consume is in tincture form.

Other Names Of Pipsissewa Herb

It is found in the temperate regions of the world. You can find them in parts of Europe, Asia, North, and South America.

Also Known As

  • Wintergreen
  • Ground holy
  • King’s cure
  • Prince’s pine
  • Rheumatism weed

Medicinal Properties (Benefits)

Now let us read about all the benefits this plant provides. Okay, to begin with, let us know how this plant is used. As mentioned above, leaves are mainly used.

The leaves of this plant are gathered when the plant is in full bloom and then dried for healing purposes. It is used either in the form of tea or tincture (liquid extract).

The fresh leaves can also be used for external purposes in the form of the poultice.

This Plant Serves As An

  • Antiseptic
  • Diuretic
  • Laxative
  • Astringent
  • Tonic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-microbial
  • Alterative

Yes, this plant provides so many benefits.

Leaves can also be used in the tea form for treating coughs, stomach pains, backaches, and drops for sore eyes. It also acts a blood purifier.

Having diuretic properties, it helps in removing waste and toxins from the body. Thus, giving healthy liver function.

Long use of this tea can also help in dissolving kidney stones and also treat edema. It also can treat rheumatic problems as well as gonorrhea. All these are for internal purposes.

Now, as you read above, it can also be used externally for treating sores, ulcers, blisters, swellings, cramps, and tumors.

Applications And Dosages

It can be used various forms. Such as in a form of tea, as a homeopathic medicine, in the form of culinary, as well as herbal medicine.

1. Tea

Pipsissewa tea has a bitter but pleasant taste. It comes with many benefits.In a cup, put a teaspoon of the pipsissewa herbs. Put boiling water in the cup. Let the herb soak in the boiling water for a couple of minutes, then strain the water. Drink it. You can also add milk or honey for enhancing the taste.

2. Homeopathic Use

It is also used in the homeopathic form for treating severe inflammation of the prostate and mammary glands as well as urinary tracts.

3. Herbal Medicine

Pipsissewa is generally found in capsule form. But, when consumed internally in the herb form, it helps in treating edema, kidney related problems, regulating menstruation. Also, treating various skin conditions from the external application.

4. Culinary Form

It is also used in giving flavor to beer and candy.

Now, for dosages.  If using in:

Tea Form

Use 1 teaspoon of the herb. Soak it in a cup of boiling water, then strain the leaves.

Tincture Form

Use a couple of drops.


You can buy it online in dried herb form or tincture form. Before buying, make sure you are buying from an authentic and genuine dealer. Also, that it is not adulterated.


It should not be used for a prolonged period of time.

It should not be used excessively for internal purposes. It may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

Also, it should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, people who take medicines for intestines related problems and iron-deficient people.

External application may produce redness, irritation, or blisters on your skin.

Do consult your doctor if you consume it for treating a particular ailment or just consume it as a tea. He knows what is best for you.

Tea Time

Now having read all about the benefits and uses, you must have across how it can also be used in the form of tea. So, for all, you tea lovers out there, read about it in more detail in the below-mentioned paragraphs.

Cup Of Pipsissewa Tea

Herbal teas are very beneficial to health. Ditch the milk chai and add the amazing pipsissewa tea in your diet. It has a pleasant taste with a slight bitterness.

You can add milk or honey as an addition if you like. Carry on reading to know about it in detail.

Brief Introduction

As the name says itself, it is made from the pipsissewa plant. The leaves of this plant are dried and used in the form of tea leaves.

Fun fact: It is also used for a preparation of root beer.

How To Make Pipsissewa The Tea

It is very simple. You make it like you would make any other herbal tea.

It takes only a few minutes. Just add a full teaspoon of the leaves in a cup. Put boiling water into the cup. Let the leaves get soaked in the boiling water for about 2 to 4 minutes.

Then, strain the drink into another cup. There you go. Enjoy yourself a healthy cup of tea.

You can add milk or honey if you wish. Avoid adding sugar.


Pipsissewa, as you already know by now, is full of benefits. All those benefits are transferred to your body when you drink the tea.

It helps in treating ailments like infections of urinary tract, kidney related problems, bladder stones, inflammations, rheumatism, and gout.

It also helps in disposing of various wastes and toxins of the body by increasing the need for urination. It also helps in increasing perspiration for aiding fever. Also, helps in treating your respiratory tract.

This tea can also be used externally for treating swellings, blisters, tumors, skin problems, and sore eyes.

Side Effects Pipsissewa

Not much has been discovered regarding its consumption by pregnant women or breastfeeding women. However, to be on a safe side, it is better not to consume it for the sake of the baby. The baby may end up getting affected.

If you are taking medications for intestinal conditions, or you are deficient in iron, do not consume it.

Like it is said, an excess of everything is bad. Everything is good in moderation. It applies to this tea as well. Drinking in big quantity may give you some effects.

You may end up getting headaches, diarrhea, nausea, appetite loss as well as vomiting.


Just enjoy a cup daily. And, see the results in your body.

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Dr.M.Gopi Krishna is a renowned professor in the dept. of Rasa Shastra and Bhaishajya kalpana at Sri Jagadguru Gavisiddheshwara Ayurvedic Medical College & Post Graduate Research Center.He has personally made around 250 Ayurvedic preparations and self dispense in his own clinic for his patients.