In the “Compendium of Materia Medica” written by Li ShiZhen, the most famous doctor specialized in Chinese Traditional Medcine, in 1578 and published in 1596, in the book Mulberry Tea was noted for its effects of rejuvenation, it’s also known as “Immortal Grass” (桑箕星之精神也，蟬食之稱文章，人食之老翁為小童，桑叶又名：“神仙草”). It is a medicinal and edible in one plant, it contains 17 kinds of amino acids, crude protein, crude fat and is known as “longevity tea’ in Japan.
Mulberry trees can only grown in a pesticide-free environment, so it’s a natural organic healthy green plant. Mulberry tea was processed through special techniques that diminishes the bitter taste and elevate the sweet flavour and taste. Those researches in the East and West confirmed various benefits of Mulberry tea to those who have problem either with lower blood sugar, blood pressure or blood fat and is appreciated for its effects in anti-aging because of amino acid, fiber, vitamines, minerals and various physiologically active substances. There are many different kind of mulberry trees in the world, but not all leaves are suitable to produce good quality Mulberry tea, for example the Mulberry leaves for silkworm are not suitable for direct consumption. In order to maintain the Polysaccharides, flavonoids and alkaloids DNJ components so leaves much be processed carefully through hand-picked, wash & dry, cutting, fixing, rolling, deblocking, roasting and fermentation.
According to various researches, we know Mulberry tea is suitable for those who have health problems with impaired glucose tolerance, light diabetic population, type 2 diabetes and high risk of diabetes and complications of cardiovascular disease, and of course, it is also suitable for normal populations as daily health drink. It is free from caffeine, people who suffer from stomach pain and insomnia are also safe to drink Mulberry tea.
Like all healthy plants or fruits in the world, even though Mulberry tea has many healthy benefits, but there is always a catch that we should be aware of. We should avoid with exaggerate consumption even though it tastes good and healthy. In the Compendium of Materia Medica has also indicated certain contraindications, because excessive consumption can result the too much Yin energy in body that stimulates the cold in spleen and stomach that will cause some health problems. It is not suitable to drink Mulberry tea during the menstruation period, because of Yin and its role in hemostasis.
Brewing Mulberry tea is easy:
- water temperature: 95-99°C
- Multiple infusions, i.e. 1 minute – 45 seconds – 1 minute
Mulberry leaves can also blended with other herbal ingredients:
- Mulberry leaves with Goji
- Mulberry leaves with Chrysanthemum
Despite Mulberry tea provides many health benefits, but still it is suggested to avoid over exaggerate consumption. Knowing and listening to your own body is essential step to maintain a balance health.
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