Labrador Tea

What other names is Labrador Tea known by?

Continental Tea, Lédon du Groenland, Ledum groenlandicum, Ledum latifolium, Rhododendron groenlandicum, St. James's Tea, Té de Labrador, Thé du Labrador, Thé Velouté.

What is Labrador Tea?

Labrador tea is a plant. The leaves and flowering shoots are used to make medicine.

People take Labrador tea for sore throat, chest congestion, coughs, lung infections, and other chest ailments. They also take it for diarrhea, kidney problems, joint and muscle pain (rheumatism), headache, and cancer.

Women use it to cause an abortion or treat "female disorders."

Some people add Labrador tea to bath water or apply it directly to the skin to treat skin problems.

In foods, Labrador tea is used as a beverage or to make beer more intoxicating.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Coughs.
  • Sore throat.
  • Lung infections.
  • Chest ailments.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Kidney problems.
  • Rheumatism.
  • Headache.
  • Cancer.
  • Causing abortion.
  • "Female disorders."
  • Skin problems, when applied directly.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Labrador tea for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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