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Directions for making a Jiaogulan Herbal Tea
One of the easiest and most popular ways of preparing Jiaogulan
is to brew a tea. There are two types of teas: infusions
and decoctions. If you have ever poured hot water over a
tea bag, you have made an infusion; an infusion
is simply herbs steeped in hot water. A decoction is herbs boiled
in water. When you simmer cinnamon sticks and cloves in apple
cider, you're making a decoction.
Jiaogulan Organic Tea Infusion by the Cup
Boil pure water (spring water is our favorite) and infuse fresh
Jiaogulan leaf. Use 1 teaspoon/1gm of Jiaogulan for an 8oz/250ml
cup. Infuse the leaf for about 3 to 10 minutes. Enjoy your tea while
nibbling on the settling sweet leaves; there's no need for a tea
Jiaogulan has a delicate flavor that is easily compromised by chemical
additives in tap water. To enjoy the best cup of Jiaogulan possible,
use only pure water. Unlike most teas, our Jiaogulan does not get
bitter after infusion. The longer it sits, the sweeter it gets.
Jiaogulan Herbal Tea Infusion by the Pot
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 teaspoon
of Jiaogulan for each 8oz/250ml of water. Add an extra spoon of
tea for the pot. Cover the leaves with boiled water and rinse for
a about 10 or 15 seconds. Pour off the rinse water to remove any
residue or dust. Cover the leaves a second time with boiled water
and steep for 3 to 15 minutes.
Jiaogulan is also great served chilled. Make a pot in the morning
and place it in the refrigerate to enjoy all day long in the hot
Jiaogulan Sun Tea Recipe
Use a clear glass jar and add a teaspoon of Jiaogulan for each
8oz/250ml of water. Cover the jar and place in direct sunlight for
1 to 2 hours. Enjoy your Jiaogulan sun tea as is or chill and serve
for making a Jiaogulan Herbal Tea as a Decoction
If you really appreciate the a full flavored Jiaogulan tea infusion,
then you’ll be amazed at how much more you can receive. Make
a Jiaogulan Decoction by hard boiling the leaves for 1 to 3 minutes
in pure water. Remove from the fire and cover the pot or transfer
into an insulated thermos with the leaves. Enjoy all day long.
Jiaogulan Herbal Tea is great chilled.
Place your infused tea in the refrigerator or pour over ice. Now
you can enjoy drinking healthy and delicious tea even in warm weather.
Infused Jiaogulan Leaves
After you’ve enjoy a pot of Jiaogulan tea, why use the already
Internal Uses for Jiaogulan
Throw your infused Jiaogulan leaves into salads, pasta or stir
fry. The leaves will add roughage and you’ll get a slightly
sweet/bitter taste added to your entrée. Use dried Jiaogulan
leaves in baking – cookies, cakes, muffins and even ice cream.
In Japan, Jiaogulan was discovered as an effective and healthy
natural sweetener more than 20 years ago. Today you can find Jiaogulan
in Japanese ice cream and bottled drinks.
Topical Uses for Jiaogulan
Apply Jiaogulan leaves as a compress to give yourself a facial.
Put Jiaogulan leaves in cheese cloth or a stocking. Apply to areas
of dry or rough skin. Try this on an elbow during the dry, cold
months of winter. You’ll be amazed at the results.
Our production workers powder Jiaogulan for use in capsules and
baking. But, Jiaogulan powder can also be used in cosmetics, soaps,
creams and shampoos. After a day working the grinding machine, our
workers get lots of compliments from loved ones. They say that the
powder gets on there forearms and keeps them soft for a couple of
weeks. See how to make Jiaogulan Massage Oils
and Salve below.
for making a Jiaogulan Herbal Massage Oil
Use Jiaogulan in Massage Oil to make your skin smooth and more
radiant. The method for extracting Jiaogulan's active ingredients
into a carrier oil are similar to making a tincture (see below.)
Select an oil by determining your need for use below.
Jiaogulan massage oil: Carrier Oil Listing
- We usually use an organic extra-Virgin olive oil for massage
and dry skin support
- For face creams you may wish to use almond, coconut, sesame
or another good quality oil
- Select other oils based on their own medicinal properties
Cover jiaogulan leaves with oil. Keep the oil slightly warm during
the extraction process. Use a warmer if you would like to speed
up the process. Shake/stir the jiaogulan a couple of times a day.
Leave it in the oil from 3 days to 2 weeks.
Jiaogulan's active ingredients saponins/gypenosides dissolve in
oil (and water). Press the Jiaogulan leaves through several layers
of cheesecloth to extract the oil. Add any scent desired and store
in a dark, glass jar in a cool place.
Use Jiaogulan Oil and Jiaogulan Tea in combination to strengthened
and beautify skin weakened or damaged by smoke, pollution, harsh
weather and stress. Gynostemma may contribute to your body's tone
by making your skin fuller, fresher, relaxed and elastic.
own Jiaogulan Salve
For making salve you follow the recipe above for oil. After you
have your jiaogulan oil to the scent or strength you desire, warm
it up just enough so it will melt wax. You add about 1 Tbls. of
organic beeswax for every cup of oil. Stir beeswax into the warmed
oil until its dissolved. Pour into dark glass containers and close
with a lid. If you find your salve is not as thick as you wish you
can reheat it and add more beeswax.
for making a Jiaogulan Tincture with Vodka
1 Glass Jar (dark glass preferred)
1 Part Jiaogulan Leaves
5 Parts 100 Proof Alcohol
(Russia Standard Vodka is our preference)
Place the Jiaogulan leaves in a glass jar with a tight lid and
cover with vodka. Shake well and store in a dark, cool place. Top
off the jar everyday until the leaves are fully expanded and covered
with vodka. Shake the bottle once or twice a day for 30 days. Formation
of small bubbles is indicative of saponins/gypenosides; the active
ingredient within the herb. Strain and squeeze the leaves to remove
all vodka. Throw away the leaves (Chinese people are known to keep
the leaves in the tincture for years) and store in a cool, dark
place. The tincture will keep for many years.
Jiaogulan Tincture Serving Suggestions
We know that alcohol extracts the gypenosides (active ingredient)
from Jiaogulan and helps to get them into the body as quickly as
possible. Start by taking a few drops of tincture under your tongue
and work your way up to the following serving suggestions:
Take 1 to 3 teaspoons daily
Some people find that Jiaogulan Tincture gives them a scratchy
throat or makes them cough. If you have similar experience: chase
your Jiaogulan tincture with water or swish it around in your mouth
will a little saliva before you swallow.
Spiritual Slant: empower our tincture
with healthy energy. Start your tincture of the first day of the
new moon and complete your tincture 28 days later when the moon
cycle starts over. When you shake your tincture everyday, pray or
chant a mantra for good health and vitality.
How to make a Tincture with Vinegar
The recipe for making a tincture with organic apple cider vinegar
is the same as with 100 proof alcohol. The shelf life, however,
of this tincture is only one year where as alcohol tincture can
last 100 years or more. You also get the added health benefits associated
with drinking apple cider.
Jelly - Here is a recipe for "Preserving Youth Jelly".
5 teaspoons jiaogulan
2 teaspoons agar-agar powder
85g/3 oz. granulated sugar
A few drops of rose or jasmine essence
Creme fraiche, to serve (optional)
- Add jiaogulan to 500ml/1 pint of hot water to make a strong
infusion. Let steep for 20 minutes.
- Pour the strained tea into a saucepan and sprinkle the agar-agar
powder over the surface. Bring slowly to the boil and stir until
the agar-agar has dissolved. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the flower essence,
and then pour the mixture into the individual jelly moulds or
bowls. Set aside to cool, and then leave to set for a few hours
in the refrigerator.
Serve with creme fraiche, if you like.
What is the
recipe for Thai Tea?
This area is not about Jiaogulan, but lots of people ask us this
question. How do you make the milky-sweet Thai
tea common in Thai restaurants around the world?
In Thailand this tea is called Cha Yen
and it’s important that you order it that way in-country as
there or many other kinds of tea served in here. Cha
Yen literally translates as Tea Cool - Chilled Tea.
Traditional Thai Iced Tea Recipe – Cha Yen from Thailand
1 cup Thai Tea (Cha Thai)
6 cups Water
1 cup Sugar
1 can Evaporative Milk
Half-and-Half cream (a western touch)
- Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan.
- Add the tea and remove the pan from heat.
- Stir to submerge all the tea leaves in the water.
- Steep for about 5 minutes.
- Pour the brew through a coffee filter or a fine-mesh strainer
into a large pitcher.
- Add the sugar to the hot tea and stir to dissolve.
- Cool to room temperature.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Fill tall glasses with crushed ice.
- Add enough of the tea to fill the glasses to within 1 inch from
- Then float 3 to 4 tablespoons of evaporated milk over the ice
in each glass.
- For a taste of the west, include a half-and-half creamer with,
or instead of, evaporative milk
Traditionally the tea used to make Cha Yen
is a low-quality black tea grown in the northern hills of Thailand.
The tea is placed in a strainer and boiling water is poured over
it 4 or 5 times. The tea becomes a muddy red color and is VERY strong.
The tea is poured into a plastic bag over lots of ice, sugar-water
syrup is added, evaporative milk is poured over the top, a straw
is inserted into the baggy and you are handed your personal package
of yummy Cha Yen.
Thai restaurants around the world use Cha Thai found in Asian supermarkets.
We feel, however, Thai Tea is best made with a Grade A Oolong Tea;
it is certainly more healthy for you. We have the freshest possible
High-Grade Oolong available Direct-from-the-Source
here in Thailand. Order yours here.
Do you have your own ideas for how to use Jiaogulan. If you would
like to share them, please contact us.
Thank you for visiting.