Health Benefits of Fireweed (Ivan Chai)

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

Fireweed tea or Ivan Chai is a traditional fermented herbal tea, or tisane, made from fireweed (willow herb). This is a medicinal herb that grows throughout the northern hemisphere and from California to Alaska in the west, and as far south as North Carolina in eastern North America. Fireweed is made from the leaves of fireweed, known as Chamaenerion angustifolium in Europe or Epilobium

angustifolium elsewhere. Fireweed tea promoted longevity and health, with a smooth, sweet, floral flavor. Fireweed has been used safely as a herbal tea for hundreds of years in Siberia, Russia, and throughout Europe, both as a dried green leaf and as a fermented tea beverage. It is listed in the European pharmacopoeia as