Sweet Melon Vine | Jiaogulan
This tea is basically a superhero. It is known as a fairy herb or southern China’s ginseng. The Chinese call jiaogulan an “immortality” herb and claim it has rejuvenating properties. Why: Because this herb acts like an adaptogenic — it goes to the parts of your body that may need healing and holding.
There are a surreal amount of health benefits given the compounds in this tea. Compounds like saponins and gypenoside, which are used to support diabetes by lowering blood pressure, lowers high cholesterol, obesity and anxiety. In ancient times this herb was used to treat many ailments including respiratory issues such as chronic bronchitis. Currently, many are researching the positive effects of Jiaogulan on the body.
Jiaogulan is a vine that climbs mountains in regions of Southern Asia. There are many different types of Jiaogulan, with different potencies of health benefits and tastes. This variety of jiaogulan has a nice floraly, herby, bittersweet taste and strong potency of the healing compounds.
cultivar: jiaogulan, gynostemma pentaphyllum
elevation: 300 -1000 m
region: mountain regions of southern China
Lingering liquorice like sweetness
subtle grassy and earthy notes
silky texture, mildly bitter
serving size per person: 2-4 grams or 1-2 big pinches
water temperature: 100°C
gong fu style | small teapot
amount of water: 150 ml
brewing length: 20 sec, 20 sec, +15 sec for each steep after
number of steep: 8+ steeps
western style | mug or french press
amount of water: 400 ml
brewing length: 3 minutes
number of steep: 2-3 steeps
This tea can taste very strong if left steeping too long. Sometimes less time steeping is a good time drinking.
You feel of this earth. Centeredness, stability and connection to the present moment. There is a sense of inner calm and slowness that allows a gentle awareness to your environment and emotions.
A mellow feeling, like a compilation of calm, ease and tension release in the mind and body. Leaving you in a state of contentment, peacefulness, and inner stillness.
You feel like a laser with intense clarity. You have a sense of purposeful alert attention. Distractions dissolve and you have a heightened sense of concentration and control, which equals productivity.
This tea supports your nervous system, soothing the body and mind. Simply the aroma produced from the leaves has a natural calming effect that can reduce symptoms of stress. The state of stillness is the gift of slow living and deep rest in our fast paced world.
Benefits of this Tisane
- Prevents hair loss
- Improves memory
- Supports weight loss
- Strengthens immune systems
- Increases you energy, stamina and endurance
- Supports respiratory issues e.g. chronic bronchitis
- Calms the mind reducing anxiety, stress and overwhelm
- Promotes strong heart health, lowers blood pressures, lowers cholesterol
- Increases resistance to environmental stressors (it’s an adaptogen)