Candelabra Bush (chum het thet) is also known as candle bush, ringworm bush, empress candle plant or candle tree. It is an ornamental flowering plant that is a native of Mexico. Candelabra Bush is an invasive species in countries such as Thailand. The shrub itself is 3-4 meters tall and distinctive bright yellow flowers.
Candelabra Bush Herbal Tea is a laxative that you can easily prepared by placing one of the sachets into a cup of hot water. After 2-3 minutes you can drink the tea, preferably before a meal or before bed. I tried this tea recently when I ran out of Fitne and it worked wonderfully. The tea tasted pretty good, although I did add a bit of sugar to all my teas because I don’t like the bitter taste. This herbal tea is a natural way to deal with the problem of constipation and I feel safer using it than synthetic medicines.
Thais use this tea as a remedy for constipation and intestinal parasites. Candelabra is used as a health tea that keeps you regular and it is also high in an antioxidant called Flavanoid Kaempherol. Externally, candelabra bush is used in soaps, shampoos and lotions. The plant is thought to be an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. Some even claim that it is a natural sun screen.
My grandfather made his own candelabra bush tea. He would pull over on the side of the road when he spotted a candelabra bush and gather some of the green leaves. Then he would dry the leaves out in the sun before using them to make the tea leaves.