Teas have long been used as a method for delivering medicinal herbs to the sick, to ease pain, or simply to improve general health. In the 21st century, teas such as bamboo leaf tea are part of the multibillion-dollar nutritional supplement industry. Proponents of bamboo tea claim it has several health benefits, but clinical testing of these claims is contradictory and incomplete as of 2011. As always, check with a doctor before taking on any dietary supplement or drug regimen.
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Plants commonly called lemongrass (Cymbopogon spp.) have grasslike leaves with a strong, lemony fragrance. Native to Africa and Asia, the plants are used as a culinary flavouring and in perfumes, but they also have medicinal properties. Traditionally consumed as a herbal tea, lemongrass has been recommended by practitioners of traditional medicine for many different ailments. Modern research suggests that it may have significant health benefits.
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One word: silica. It’s the mineral we love to overlook. But organic silica (also known as silicon) provides some awesome benefits that you really don’t want to miss out on:

  • It promotes healthy hair and nail growth.
  • It plays an important role in healthy bone density. (1)
  • It’s a building block of collagen — a protein our body uses to rejuvenate skin and joints.
  • Silica prevents the absorption of aluminum in the digestive system. Aluminum may be linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other health conditions. (2)

But of all these, silica is most popular because of its hair and nail growth benefits.That’s why the herb horsetail has been so popular as a remedy for stronger, healthier hair and nails.

But horsetail doesn’t hold a candle to bamboo leaf, and here’s why:

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