CPHA advocates for cultivation of tea to promote healthy living, diversify Nigeria economy

By Okechukwu Onuegbu II Contributor
Nigeria CPHA advocates for cultivation of tea to promote healthy living, diversify Nigeria economy

The founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Centre for Herbal Medicine and Centre for Psychic and Healing Administration (CPHA) in Awka, Anambra State, Chief Dr. Mrs. Flora Ilonzo, has advocated for the cultivation of local tea to enhance healthy living and boost the economy.

Ilonzo made this appeal in her message on May 21, 2024, World Tea Day. This day, established by the United Nations on December 21, 2019, aims to raise awareness and promote collective actions toward the sustainable production and consumption of tea, with the goal of combating hunger and poverty.

She called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the governors of the 36 states, and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to invest in the cultivation and production of herbal tea. She emphasized that investing in local or herbal tea production would help diversify the economy, create jobs, and improve public health and well-being.

Ilonzo suggested that this could be achieved by designating lands across local government areas and communities for cultivating various species of African medicinal plants, known as herbal gardens. These gardens could facilitate the processing of plants into herbal teas for distribution, exportation, or consumption.

Her teachings, research, and remedies in phytomedicine have been authenticated and praised by internationally recognized health institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO). She also encouraged citizens to cultivate and harness herbal teas at home, offering her assistance to help the country navigate this initiative.

A renowned philanthropist, Ilonzo has used herbs to resolve conflicts between humans and nature within and outside Nigeria. She argued that drinking herbal teas could help prevent or aid recovery from chronic diseases because plants possess unique health benefits when properly utilized.

"Tea, a beverage cherished for centuries, offers not only a delightful and soothing experience but also remarkable medical and therapeutic benefits," she said. "It contains antioxidants that combat free radicals in our bodies, reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and certain types of cancer."

"Additionally, tea has been found to promote weight management, improve digestion, and boost the immune system. These health benefits make tea an excellent choice for those seeking natural and holistic remedies to support their well-being. By harnessing local tea cultivation, we have an opportunity to enhance our economy and improve public health."

"Cultivating tea within our own borders allows us to tap into a growing market that values organic and locally sourced products. This can lead to job creation, especially in rural areas where tea plantations can thrive. The tea industry can become a significant contributor to our economy, attracting investment, creating employment opportunities, and fostering sustainable growth."

"In conclusion, the harnessing of local tea cultivation is a pathway to both economic prosperity and improved public health. By investing in tea plantations, we can create employment opportunities, stimulate economic growth, and position Nigeria as a key player in the global tea market."

"Simultaneously, promoting tea consumption can lead to healthier lifestyles and contribute to the overall well-being of our population. It is crucial that we recognize and seize this opportunity, supporting initiatives that promote and develop the tea industry. Together, let us embrace the potential of local tea cultivation and work towards a future where Nigeria shines as a leader in both economic and health advancements."