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Jiaogulan Dosage & Brewing Guide

June 23, 2018

Jiaogulan Dosage & Brewing Guide

In this article we will discuss the recommended jiaogulan dosage for both jiaogulan tea and jiaogulan capsules. In addition, we will talk about how to prepare jiaogulan tea for optimal flavor and effectiveness.

First, let’s take a look at how to brew the perfect cup of jiaogulan tea every time.

How to Prepare Jiaogulan Tea

If you are reading this article, then I assume you know a bit about jiaogulan. I also imagine that you are aware of the long list of health benefits this super herb has to offer. It’s likely that you are using jiaogulan for just that, its incredible healing properties.

One thing that you may not know, however, is that the active ingredients called saponins are (part of) what give Jiaogulan these powerful healing effects on the human body. In addition, the antioxidants within the plant play an important role as well.

jiaogulan-dosage-tea-longevity-herbNaturally then, it only makes sense for us to take this into account when we are deciding how to brew jiaogulan tea. We want to make sure that we brew it in a way that extracts as much of the healing power from the saponins and antioxidants within the plant as possible.

By doing so, we maximize our ability to benefit from this wonderful superfood. If one of the main reasons we are drinking jiaogulan tea is to benefit from its healing properties, then it makes sense for us to be conscious of how we are brewing each batch.

So the question is, how do we brew the perfect cup of jiaogulan tea so that we can fully take advantage of all that this superfood has to offer our bodies and minds?

How to Brew Jiaogulan Tea

Steps to a Perfect Cup

While you might think that making the perfect cup of tea is easy, there are usually important steps left of out the process. If you want to brew a cup of jiaogulan that both tastes delicious and is full of healing power every time, then follow these simple steps:

1. Always Start with Quality Water

The flavor of jiaogulan can be negatively affected by chemical additives that are present in tap water. Therefore, make sure to use the best water available to you. This is important both in terms of brewing the perfect cup of jiaogulan and in jiaogulan dosage. You are extracting the tea into the water after all, so you want to get the purest water you can find.

For some people, this will be quality bottled water. Fo others, it will be tap water that has been passed through a high-quality water filter. Ideally, you are already consuming pure drinking water in general, as this is an imperative part of optimal health.

2. Rinse Your Jiaogulan with Cold Water

Residue is a normal byproduct of whole leaf infusions. Therefore, we suggest rinsing your jiaogulan leaves in cold water for 30 seconds to ensure that you have the purest jiaogulan brew possible.

Most people miss this step, but we suggest doing this with any whole leaf tea you are brewing.

3. Add Your Jiaogulan

If brewing by the cup, add 1-2 teaspoons (1-2gm) of jiaogulan leaf for every 8oz (250ml) in the given cup.

If brewing jiaogulan by the pot, use a screened pot or tea strainer. Make sure to leave plenty of room for the leaves to expand. Add a 1-2 teaspoons of jiaogulan leaf for every 8oz (250ml) of water. Lastly, add an extra spoon of tea for the pot.

This is our recommended jiaogulan dosage for tea, however, some people prefer adding even more for a concentrated brew.

4. Be Very Mindful of the Heat / Temperature (very important!)

Never use water that has reached a rolling boil because it is simply too hot.

This is an important step to take seriously if you want to successfully extract the healing properties from the jiaogulan leaves and if you want to enjoy the best-tasting cup possible.

Instead, make sure to heat water to a temperature between 140-212˚F (60-100˚C). The most accurate way to achieve this is to use a thermometer, but you can also just bring the water to a boil, then remove from heat and allow it to cool for 2-4 minutes.

5. Quick Steep

In addition to rinsing your jiaogulan with cold water before brewing, we also suggest that you discard the first infusion immediately after pouring. This is an asian tea ceremony ritual called “Cleaning the Traveler’s Feet” and is part of brewing the perfect cup of tea.

Therefore, cover the leaves with your heated water and rinse for a about 10 or 15 seconds. Then, pour off the rinse water to remove any potential residue.

6. Full Steep

After heating your pure water to the perfect temperature and performing a quick steep, you are now ready for the full infusion.

Pour the heated water into the cup or your pot that you have prepared and infuse the leaf for about 3 to 10 minutes. This is the minimum amount of time, however, as you can steep jiaogulan leaves for much longer.

Fun Fact: You can also eat jiaogulan leaves, and they have a sweet flavor!

Fun Fact: You can also eat jiaogulan leaves, and they have a sweet flavor!

Actually this is one of the coolest parts about jiaogulan – the longer it sits, the sweeter it gets! Unlike most brands of jiaogulan, our unique strain does not get bitter after infusion because it lacks one of the main flavonoids that typically causes jiaogulan to have a stronger bitter flavor.

7. Enjoy Your Immortality Brew

This might sound funny, but think about it: when we go into a meditation, it’s something akin to a self-infusion.

Like the tea leaves, we need to sit for a period of time, catch up with ourselves a little bit. Afterwards, we feel refreshed and renewed. We let go of our “bitter” feelings towards the past and are ready to move forward.

We can learn a lot just from the process of brewing tea--things like patience and mindfulness.

It’s no wonder that tea ceremonies held such an esteemed place in ancient Japanese culture. We can emulate these virtues and instill them into other parts of our lives. Now we’re brewing with intention!

Important Note: Jiaogulan leaves can be infused multiple times (about 2-3). When reusing, make sure to steep longer than the previous brew.

Jiaogulan Connoisseur's Tip: try shorter infusion times, with multiple infusions of the same leaves. Each infusion has its own merits and unique tastes/aromas.

 

It Doesn’t Always Have to be Hot

jiaogulan-dosage-iced-tea-benefitsJiaogulan is also delicious served chilled. Actually, this is one of our favorite ways to drink jiaogulan, especially in the hot season. To get a tasty cold cup, make a pot in the morning by following the above instructions for the perfect jiaogulan dosage.

Then, place your infused tea in the refrigerator. You can also pour it over ice. Now you can enjoy drinking healthy and delicious jiaogulan tea even in warm weather.

Bonus: Jiaogulan Sun Tea Recipe

For those who want to infuse some additional fun (and benefits) into their tea-brewing experience, we have a special gift for you: our jiaogulan sun tea recipe!

Sunlight contains a large amount of energy, and has profound effects on our planet. The Sun’s energy warms the planet’s surface, powering massive transfers of heat and pressure in weather patterns and ocean currents. (1)

jiaogulan-dosage-sun-teaWithout the sun, there would be no life on earth. Nature and humanity are both solar powered. In addition, humans need sunlight for strength and vitality.

The sun provides innumerable benefits to the human body. So, why not infuse the healing power of the sun into your jiaogulan tea?!

To do so is very simple. Use a clear glass jar and add a teaspoon of jiaogulan for each 8oz/250ml of water (the same jiaogulan dosage as above). Cover the jar and place in direct sunlight for 1 to 2 hours. Enjoy your jiaogulan sun tea as is or chill and serve over ice.

Recommended Daily Jiaogulan Intake

Jiaogulan is an adaptogenic super food that should used on a daily basis over time.

It benefits your body and your mind in an unbelievable number of ways, and it is only with consistent, daily usage over time that you are able to fully benefit from all the incredible things this plant has to offer.

By using jiaogulan every day, you may help your body prevent health problems from arising, and you may also help alleviate any health problems that you are currently struggling with. Additionally, jiaogulan will help you naturally lower mental and physical stress.

Each person is unique, so you want to let your own body be the guide in terms of daily intake, but you can find our recommendations below, which are good starting points.

Jiaogulan Dosage for Tea

We recommend drinking 4 to 8 cups (8oz/250ml) per day. To start, however, we recommend that you drink 1 to 2 cups daily and work your way up to the 4-8 cups over about 1 to 2 weeks.

jiaogulan-dosage-tea-leafIf possible, drink your jiaogulan either half an hour before or an hour after each meal. In addition, don’t drink your entire daily intake at once. You want to spread your jiaogulan intake throughout the day/night.

For some people, it might not be realistic to drink the recommended amount of tea every day. But there is no need to worry if you are one of these people because you have two great alternatives. You can supplement with jiaogulan capsules instead, which many people love because it is so convenient.

Additionally, you can simply double the amount of tea leaves you brew with each batch so that you have a more concentrated infusion, and therefore have to drink fewer cups. Or even better yet, you can mix both of these strategies together!

Jiaogulan Dosage for Capsules

jiaogulan-dosage-capsulesJiaogulan capsules offer the most convenient way for you to use jiaogulan on a consistent basis.

They are your go to source of saponins when you are on the move, as they can easily be taken anywhere. As you can imagine, many people find this option valuable because you don’t always have the time or the equipment to sit down and brew a pot of tea.

We recommend that you take 2 to 3 Jiaogulan capsules at a time and that you repeat this process 2 to 3 times per day. If you really want to feel the full power of this super herb, then we suggest taking 6 capsules at a time and repeating this process 3 times per day.

 

Additional Note: Jiaogulan is non-toxic. It is entirely safe to take in relatively large quantities for an extended period of time without any ill effects. For hundreds of years, people have been using this herb daily without any negative consequences.

 

References:

  1. needtoknow.nas.edu




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