There’s little more on the planet more versatile than bamboo. You eat bamboo shoots and build furniture from the plant. It’s a sustainable source for flooring material, and you may even own clothing or sheets made from the plant.
But did you know you can drink bamboo leaf tea, too? Bamboo leaf tea is one of those healthy teas you may not think about when you consider what you’ll drink each morning. But the tea actually has some benefits to your health you’ll be interested in. Here’s what you need to know about bamboo leaf tea.
Bamboo Leaf Tea: The Basics
You know bamboo. It’s the little sprig you’ll see in the Chinese restaurant, and it’s the quickly spreading plant that’s commonly used as a natural fence. It’s also a great healthy tea.
Bamboo grows just about everywhere. The plants are tall, and they grow fast. A bamboo stalk can grow up to three feet in just 24 hours, and can grow up to be as tall as 100 feet. That said, it’s super sustainable, renewable and it’s an attractive plant, too.
You probably know that you can eat bamboo shoots. But the tea is made from the leaves of the bamboo plant. The leaves are picked when they’re at a tender stage, dried, then brewed into an herbal tea. While bamboo leaf tea isn’t the most popular tea in the western world, it’s certainly got its health benefits. Let’s look at what bamboo leaf tea can do for you and your health.
Health Benefits of Bamboo Leaf Tea
Herbal teas aren’t evaluated by the FDA, and usually aren’t explored by governing agencies in other countries, either. For that reason, you should always check with your doctor before drinking any tea for its health benefits. Check to be sure that the tea won’t interfere with your current medications. And always check with your doctor or midwife if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding before you drink bamboo leaf tea.
Disclaimers aside, you want to know about bamboo leaf tea and the benefits to you. Well, there are quite a few!
Historically, bamboo leaf tea has been used to treat stomach disorders. The leaves of the bamboo plant are a diuretic and will help increase urination and flush fluids from your system. The tea is also used for general upset stomach, much like sideritis, ginger or peppermint.
Bamboo leaf tea is also thought to help lower cholesterol. Natural chemicals in the bamboo leaf can help to lower the levels of LDL in your system, improving your circulatory health.
Bamboo leaf tea may be effective in helping you lose weight. The plant is packed with fiber, which acts as a cleansing brush for your system. Fiber regulates your blood sugar, and makes you feel full. That way you won’t feel as hungry. Bamboo leaf tea is also known to reduce cravings as well as decrease appetite.
Finally, bamboo contains silica. This substance is great for hair and skin health, collagen production and white blood cells. You may even notice that your teeth feel stronger, as silica can help to remineralize your pearly whites.
Are you ready to give bamboo leaf tea a try? Here’s what you need to know about where to buy and how to make bamboo leaf tea.
Where to Get Bamboo Leaf Tea
Many people choose to grow bamboo on their property. As we noted, the plant grows quickly and it’s a great natural barrier between you and the eyes of your neighbors. But if you choose to grow bamboo, there’s something you need to know: it spreads. It spreads like wildflower. Bamboo is a grass, and the root system spreads and sends up more shoots.
Don’t let bamboo overtake your property! Before you plant the grass, do a good bit of reading on the subject to ensure that you know how to stop the roots from spreading into places you don’t want it.
That said, you can absolutely grow bamboo leaf tea right in your own back yard. It’s easy to maintain once you effectively manage the root system, and you’ll always have fresh bamboo leaf tea!
If you can’t grow bamboo at home, you can buy it online. A quick Amazon search will bring back dozens of bamboo leaf tea results – blends, pure bamboo leaf tea bags and loose leaf tea. No matter what you choose, always be sure you’re buying from a reputable distributor. Ensure that your tea is organic and free from pesticides and other chemicals. And always, always read the ingredients on the package.
How to Make Bamboo Leaf Tea
Bamboo leaf tea has a very mild taste. We recommend that you try the tea first to see what you think of the flavor. Then, if you like, you can add green tea, white tea or even juice to your bamboo leaf tea to liven up the flavor a bit.
To make bamboo tea, boil a cup of water. While your water boils, place a tablespoon of leaves in your tea cup. If you’re using fresh leaves, you may want to gently crush or roll them between your fingers to release the oils.
Pour the water over your tea leaves, and let the tea steep for about five minutes. Strain the tea using cheesecloth or a coffee filter, then enjoy!
You can sweeten your tea with whatever you like. Honey and raw sugar work well, as will a few drops of molasses. We also like a little bee pollen for a healthy boost. Natural sweetener works best, of course. As we mentioned, we recommend that you taste the tea in its most basic form first. You’ll find that it has a slightly sweet, nutty flavor that’s really mild. Try it, then use your imagination. Readers have liked bamboo leaf tea with a bit of cranberry juice, and some have said it tastes great with pomegranate.
Bamboo leaf tea is considered a safe herbal tea, so feel free to drink as much as you like. And remember that results from herbal teas don’t happen overnight. Expect to see the benefits of bamboo leaf tea within a few weeks of drinking a cup each day.