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Stress Relieving Iced Tea

Recipe bystone-soup

Health Benefits:
This tea is made with the powerful Chinese herb, Jiaogulan. Used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 600 years, where it is considered a herbal tonic, Jiaogulan is one of only a handful of known adaptogenic plants in the world. Chinese medical practitioners feel it is the most powerful adaptogen, and I agree. Adaptogens are herbs that help the body self regulate and adapt to the stressors in life, without damage to the internal organs and function. It's helpful for hormone issues like diabetes and obesity. It also stimulates the body's production of SOD (Super-Oxide Dismutase), the most powerful antioxidant our bodies make. This fights aging, reduces inflammation, and boosts immunity, including immunity to cellular mutation (cancer). Jiaogulan also increases the body's production of NO (Nitric-Oxide), which helps blood vessels retain their elasticity and improves blood flow. This has a direct and favourable impact on blood pressure and cholesterol. The saponins present in Jiaogulan also work to remove cholesterol deposits, and to help the body detox. Jiaogulan is lesser known than Ginseng, but it has 3x as many saponins, and contains almost all of those present in Ginseng. This is truly a powerful addition to your cupboard, and while bitter when brewed fully, bitter tastes are lacking in most diets and are important for satiety in the brain.

In this recipe, the lemon and xylitol make the tea taste wonderful and it's a superb replacement for caffeinated beverages (slowly, it is not advisable to stop caffeine cold turkey), and to sweet drinks and juices. Even so called 'fresh pressed' juices from the grocer's are pasteurized and hence nothing more than glucose and artifically added vitamin C to the body. This makes a pleasant, healthy alternative!


2 Jiaogulan (Gynostemma) tea bags
2 room temperature lemons
1/2 cup xylitol

Substitution: raw, unpasteurized honey can be used rather than xylitol, for those who prefer raw or do not like xylitol, but it will affect spike blood sugar and insulin, and will hence affect mood, and cannot be fed to young infants and toddlers if it contains honey. Furthermore, there is a lot of research emerging that fructose (as in honey) is very dangerous to human health when over consumed. It is hidden in many foods, so any additional fructose, other than that in fresh fruit, should be avoided.

  1. Boil 3 cups water and pour over tea bags in glass container; stir in xylitol while it's hot, and steep 20 minutes - which will help release all the goodness 
  2. Juice the two lemons and remove seeds
  3. Remove tea bags and stir in lemon
  4. Adjust xylitol and lemon to taste
  5. Refrigerate and serve, garnished with a lemon rind, or with floating berries and oranges, as suggested by my friend, Irina!

Yield: 1 pitcher 




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