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  • “This tea is very nice, I wasn’t sure what to expect because I’d never heard of gynostemma before. It also didn’t come with directions, there’s lots of gynostemma teas and they very quite a bit in...” Read full tasting note

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for 1 cup: steep a pinch for 10 seconds. can be resteeped 6 times

This herb is receiving a lot of recognition for its use as an anti-aging tonic and adaptogen. It has been used in Chinese Medicine to delay the aging process and increase energy. Research in Japan shows that the herb has a powerful effect on numerous body systems. It also has been used in Chinese medicine to maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, enhance circulation, increase energy without being over-stimulating, improve focus and memory, support a strong immune system and can increase stamina and endurance for athletes.

Gynostemma (Jiaogulan) Tea Benefits are legendary in the annals of traditional Chinese medicine. The Chinese regard the Jiaogulan herb as being a potent balancing agent of the 5 major body systems: cardiovascular, digestive, immune, nervous and reproductive systems. Consequently, Jiaogulan is said to contribute to optimum well-being and longevity. And practitioners of ancient Chinese medicine have come to regard Jiaogulan as an immortality herb. It is reinforcing to overall health and has a strong anti-fatigue effect. Strengthens the immune system. Used for a variety of health complaints. contains 82 saponins, some of which are directly related to the ginsenosides found in ginseng root.

Japanese scientists discovered that the plant contained ingredients very similar to those found in ginseng. Further research showed that jiao gu lan has a wide range of actions in the body, with a general overall effect of helping to balance and regulate body systems, such as the cardiovascular and hormonal systems. Studies have since been conducted which indicate that jiao gu lan has antioxidant properties and helps support circulation and immune systems.

Jiao gu lan contains substances called gypenosides. These are similar to the active constituents in ginseng, but jiaogulan contains over three times as many. Furthermore, jiao gu lan is believed to have a superior action to ginseng, being more supportive without causing overstimulation. In China it is often referred to as ’women’s ginseng’ since it is considered to be much kinder to women’s body systems than ginseng.

The water extract of jiao gu lan has demonstrated a marked effect in lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Jiao gu lan,is also a main adaptogenic herbs, helps to support a number of body functions and helps to support the body in times of stress it can be beneficial for a range of people.It is particularly recommended for those who want to try and improve their energy levels, who would like to support and maintain their blood pressure, support maintaining a healthy cholesterol balance, support with a healthy immune system, assist the circulation and aid a bright and clear mind. It is also used to enhance athletic performance – especially as a constituent in a formula with extracts of dan shen and panax ginseng.

Contraindications: should not be taken by pregnant/breastfeeding women or if you are taking immunodepressant or blood clotting drugs or are scheduled for surgery in the next couple weeks.

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This tea is very nice, I wasn’t sure what to expect because I’d never heard of gynostemma before. It also didn’t come with directions, there’s lots of gynostemma teas and they very quite a bit in how long they should be steeped, how much you should use, etc. For this particular tea, I used about a teaspoon for 8 oz of water. My first time making it, I let it go for 2=3 minutes, thinking herbal tea takes forever, but, while I was steeping it I came across some sites that said they steep their gynostemma for less than a minute! One page said 20 seconds. I quickly poured that into a cup, and the taste wasn’t unpleasant, but, it wasn’t that great either. So, honestly not sure whether i didn’t let it brew long enough, or let it brew too long… I figured my next cup I can always try the real quick steep and if it’s not good, just steep the next one longer.

The second time making it, I steeped it probably about 35 seconds. The first steep of this second batch was fairly light in color, but, it had a very pleasant and sweet taste. The second steep released a lot more color into the water, but, I suck at describing color, just it was a lot more obvious it was ‘tea’ in the second steeping. The taste was more noticeable. It’s a really delicious tea and this continued onto my 4th and 5th cups. Each cup has a slightly (but not sugary) sweet taste to it. Given how quick it is to steep as well, it’s a great tasting convenient cup of tea that supposedly gives lots of health benefits. It’s definitely ranking up there in my favorites.


Nick, thanks for the detailed feedback and for making the entry! I am super multi tasking right now hahaha. Have added the steep instructions and some info copy-pasted ^^’ Glad you like it!

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