Turning your favorite herbal remedy into a hot, soothing drink is as easy as dropping kratom tea bags into your mug. Many people love kratom but don’t love the act of ingesting it. Chewing on dry powder can be awkward, and the taste can be bitter to the palette. As a result, there have been countless kratom recipes that have cropped up, each one topping the last for innovative ways to make eating the plant medicinal easier. One of the oldest methods for consuming kratom is to brew it into a hot tea. Now you can make your own tea bags or brew it up the old fashioned way for an easy, enjoyable treat.
The Benefits of Taking Kratom Tea
Taking any herbal remedy via a tea is an ancient technique that hasn’t gone out of vogue since the beginning of human civilization. Every culture on Earth has created its own version of healing teas, typically with whatever plant life was local to the area. In the modern era, we can choose which herbs we need to bring healing energy even if they originate halfway around the globe. Kratom, the Southeast Asian tree known for its powerful health-enhancing, mood-lifting benefits, is the perfect candidate for healing tea.
The brewing of Kratom tea also has extra medicinal value. By slow boiling with liquid, the herbal content will become extracted, or concentrated. The Chinese called this product a “decoction” and it is a staple of Eastern medicine. Concentrating herbs boosts the healing plant alkaloid content of every dose – this is especially valuable for kratom. Alkaloids like mitragynine travel to cell receptors in our bodies to both soothe and energize our nervous systems, leading to minds free of worry and muscles free of pain.
As a delivery method, hot teas are one of the best ways to introduce medicinals to the blood stream. The concentrated liquid is quickly absorbed under the tongue and in the stomach, with much less digestion time than raw powders. Most users report the onset of effects to be more gentle via this method, and very natural feeling – there is no sharp “before and after” sensation. Using kratom tea bags produces a graceful, smooth transition into the full benefits of the leaves.
How To Brew From Kratom Tea Bags
You can buy Kratom tea bags from some vendors, but it has become popular in recent years simply to do it yourself. Either purchase bulk powder and add it to a strainer or fill your own tea bags with the following steps.
- First, select your preferred strain of kratom and measure out the proper dose. (You can use dried crushed leaves, or the powder they are generally ground into.)
- Add the kratom into an empty tea bag, which can be purchased very cheaply from major online retailers, or at any health food market. The single-serving bags are typically pennies or less per bag.
- Place the tea bag in a mug and fill will very hot (but not boiling) water. Let steep for 3-5 minutes total. This will be long enough for the water to infuse with kratom and still stay warm. You may cover the mug with a small dish to keep it hotter while steeping.
- Remove tea bag, add the sweetener of your choice (like honey, stevia, or raw sugar), stir lightly with a spoon, and enjoy immediately. There may be some light sediment in the mug, but this is perfectly safe to drink.
Dosage note: When using a kratom tea bag, shorter steeping time usually requires a larger dosage in the bag than you might take orally or brew without the bag. Some users report they even double the normal dose when using a tea bag, keeping the bag in the water for 3-5 minutes. Experiment over the course of a few sessions to find the perfect dose for you, starting with less than you think you’ll need and working your way up.
Best Strains For Brewing Kratom Tea
Kratom tea recipes work well for all strains, whether you are looking for more relaxing or more energizing effects. Many people like taking kratom tea in the morning, in place of coffee. For a terrific energy boosting tea, try White Borneo, which is known to produce a very organic feeling blast of energy that’s perfect for staying focused on a busy day.
If want to enjoy your tea as a part of a very relaxing day, try one of the red strains instead. The classic Red Thai makes a wonderfully soothing tea. In fact, it’s been used in Thailand this way for hundreds or perhaps thousands of years! You’ll find that it’s just as effective now as it’s ever been.
Can’t find the supplies you need to make your own kratom tea bags? You can achieve the same great benefits brewing your tea the old fashioned way, without having to buy empty bags. Simply add your kratom powder to a pot or kettle full of water and bring to a soft boil. Then turn down the heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Now just strain the tea as you pour it into a cup to remove the sediment, and it’s ready to drink!