9 Search Mi Heart Tea Benefits (Rhytidophyllum tomentosum)

But Search mi heart tea is made from the leaves of the Rhytidophyllum Tomentosum plant. Rhytidophyllum tomentosum, search mi heart tea has a pleasant aroma and a clean, refreshing taste.

Traditionally, this herbal tea is used as a remedy for colds, stomach pains, high blood pressure, asthma, worms, and malnutrition.

Organic jamaican search mi heart plant photgraphed by Joy J. Walker in its native surroundings in Manchester Jamaica.
Jamaican Search Mi Heart Plant

However, the beverage is most widely used to relieve heart paplitations.

Fresh or dried leaves of the plant are brewed to make this bush tea in Jamaica. But what is Search mi heart tea good for?

Search Mi Heart Tea Benefits

Search mi heart tea was one of my favorite bush teas growing up in Jamaica. I just loved the strong smell of the Search mi heart bush in the air on those cool, dewy Mandeville mornings.  

How to Make Search Me Heart Tea

Search my heart tea is one of the Jamaican bush teas you can steep and enjoy in less than 10 minutes.

  • Add 2 cups of water to a saucepan-bring to a boil
  • Add 2 tablespoons of dried Search Mi heart leaves into a cup or infuser
  • Pour the boiled water over the leaves and let it steep for 5 to 7 minutes
  • Strain, Sweeten to taste and enjoy
  • Serve warm

Rhytidophyllum Tomentosum

What is Search Me Heart? The plant is a subtribe of the Gesneriaceae plant family which is made up of some 150 genera and more than 3500 species.

Search mi heart belongs to the Rhytidophyllum genus and the tomentosum species. So the plants scientific name is Rhytidophyllum Tomentosum.

Rhytidophyllum Tomentosum is a low shub that likes to grow on rocky hillsides in shaded areas in its native environment. However, the plant is reported to reach up to 3 feet tall in other locations

jamaican search mi heart flower
rhytidophyllum tomentosum blooms

Search my Heart has thick long velvety green leaves with serated edges. The plant blooms and produces small fruits all year round. It produces light yellow blooms with red spot in their center all year long.

Both the plants leaves and flowers are covered with sticky, hair-like projections. They can be irritating some peoples skin. But the plant is a magnet for butterflies.

Search Mi Heart Health Benefits

Although only of small amount of plants from the Gesneriaceae plants have been studied, Rhytidophyllum is one of those examined.

Beneficial properties indentified Rhytidophyllum plants include flavonoids, terpenes, steroids, phenolic glycosides, simple phenolics.

According to one source, the most prominent essential elements identified in search mi heart Rhytidophyllum tomentosum were Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, and Sodium.

Calcium, and potassium were the most abundant elements found in the plant.

Elements Functions
CalciumThis is the most abundant mineral in the body. Calcium helps bones and teeth maintain their strength. The body needs calcium to help muscles and vessels contract and relax.
PotassiumThe main role of Potassium is the maintain normal fluid levels inside of the body cells.
IronIron is also part of a protein that transports and stores oxygen specifically in muscle tissues. The body also needs iron to make some hormones.
MagnesiumAn essential mineral, Magnesium is needed for healthy bones, blood, nerve and muscle function-including the heart muscle.
SodiumSodium works along with Potassium to maintain normal fluid balance outside of cells.

These chemicals are known to display antioxidants, anti-tumor, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.

According to one source, the major benefit of the plant is it’s a good source of polyphenols which exhibit important antioxidant and antiviral behaviors.

So like other foods that are rich in plant polyphenols, Search my heart tea may offer some protection against cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative diseases.

These findings are in the early stages. More examination to detemine the full potential Search mi heart needs to be conducted.

Where to Buy Search Me Heart Tea

Where can you buy Jamaican search mi heart? Dried Search me heart herb can be purchased from some online websites that sell Jamaican herbs and spcies.

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Wildcrafted Jamaican Search mi heart dried leaves and search mi heart teabags shipped directly from Jamaica are available from reputable marketplaces like Amazon and Etsy.com.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. Nothing stated here should be viewed as medicial advice. Please consult with a Professional Healthcare Provider about matters relating to your medical care.

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