I recently incorporated Gynostemma into my diet and I was amazed by how quickly I was able to feel the benefits. Gynostemma tea also known as Jiaogulan tea is commonly referred to as “magical grass” in Asia. According to Ron Teegaurden, founder of Dragon Herbs, the word magical refers to it’s incredible number of health promoting benefits. Gynostemma is known to be invigorating, calming, anti-aging, anti-oxidizing, anti-inflammatory, immune regulating, improves respiratory efficiency, and is also a digestive aid. With all those incredible properties it can be a powerful addition at any anti-aging regimen. Celebrity make-up artist, Nathan Johnson, says it is the most reliable, and affordable alternative to Botox. No wonder it’s described as the “Power House” of teas!
Gynostemma is also very soothing to the body. Gynostemma has the ability to bring balance to the body’s systems under a wide range of stressors. Japanese studies have found that Gynostemma has a double direction regulation adaptogenic effect on the central nervous system. It’s calming when you’re over excited and invigorating when you’re fatigued. The power of an adaptogen lies in increasing the adaptability of on organism to stressors both physically and psycologically while at the same time keeping homeostasis within the body. By protecting and strengthening Qi, or a person’s physical vitality, Gynostemma also produces a “spirit lifting” effect psycologically. The best part is there are no side effects unlike those found in stimulating caffeinated beverages! The adrenal glands are actually exhausted after caffeine consumption, whereas their functions are not impaired, but supported, after adaptogenic herbs are taken.
The most common way is to consume Gynostemma, like almost any other dietary supplement, is through capsules. You may also find dried gynostemma, gynostemma powder, and gynostemma powder extract to incorporate in your recipes. However, I prefer a tea that I picked up from Dragon Herbs (http://www.dragonherbs.com/) called Spring Dragon Longevity Tea. I brew it first and then I refrigerate a large pitcher so it is readily available to drink throughout the day. Below you will find an energizing drink I love to treat myself to…..
Recipe…courtesy of Cafe Gratitude (my favorite place to eat)
Energy Drink with Gynostemma
2.5 cups Tea base – Longevity Tea Gynostemma
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
Small handful Goji Berries (soaked in water or almond milk prior)
1/2 Tablespoon Maca Root Powder
1/2 Tablespoon Raw Cacao Powder or Cacao Paste
1/2 Vanilla Bean seeds
Sweetener of choice to taste (Raw Manuka honey or Stevia or dates)
Almonds or Cashews (Soaked for substance if a meal or with water can add for milk like consistency)
1/3 Tablespoon Coconut Oil (Raw Extra Virgin Organic)