Is Kratom Tea any better than powder (based on science)?
How About A Nice Cup Of Kratom Tea?
You’ve probably heard that Kratom is an herbal substance with all sorts of excellent benefits. But, what is Kratom tea? Well, Kratom tea is just one of the ways that you can use Kratom to sooth, stimulate, ease pain, energize, improve focus, and even more.
Kratom is made from the leaves of a tropical evergreen tree, mitragyna speciosa, which grows in South East Asia. There are three main types of Kratom – green, red and white. The names refer to the color of the veins in the leaves, not to the leaves themselves. You will also see gold Kratom, and its brownish-gold color is achieved by fermentation, giving the Kratom a distinctive taste.
This natural herb has been used for centuries by people in the region to energize, stimulate, soothe, ease pain, heal wounds and generally to improve life every day.
Kratom was used by working people and aristocrats alike to help them through work and play. Making Kratom tea was a pleasant ritual enjoyed by everybody, and in some areas, it was the customary way to greet visitors and guests. It was a way to take Kratom and make it part of daily life.
Depending on the strain of Kratom used, Kratom tea can be a pick-you-up in the morning to energize and stimulate for the day ahead, or a soothing bedtime drink to offer calm sleep and a clear head when you wake up the next morning. Kratom tea benefits and effects are very much dependent on the amount and strain that you choose to use.
There are many strains of Kratom available, each with its own distinctive properties and effects. Users are able to choose the exact Kratom which will give them the results they are looking for. Maybe you are looking for clarity and energy. Maybe you want something to calm and soothe you. Perhaps you have a nagging pain and are looking for some effective natural pain relief. Or perhaps you are looking for a combination of effects.
Strains of Kratom are chosen for their benefits, but remember that also be used in combination with each other. Lots of users really enjoy finding their own unique blend and many companies offer customized blends under a variety of exotic names. Kratoms can be combined with ordinary green or black teas, with fruits, herbs, honey, sugar, stevia and more to produce a pretty good tasting drink, although the basic taste of Kratom is bitter and not very attractive to most people.
Kratom tea effects vary from person to person, so you need to find the right method, strength, and strain of Kratom to make the tea that you want.
Here you can find a wealth of information on every aspect of Kratom tea.
What You Need To Know Before You Make Kratom Tea
So how do you make Kratom tea? There are a few things you need to know first. The main one is that for most people, Kratom doesn’t have a very good taste. It’s kind of earthy and bitter. The bitterness is caused by the alkaloids in the leaf, and in fact, the more bitter the taste, the fresher and more potent the Kratom is likely to be. Unless you are very hard core, you are going to want to disguise the flavor of your Kratom, and that is quite easy to do using the information you will find here, along with your own imagination!
The next thing to know is that Kratom comes in various forms:
This is the natural leaf, usually only available dried. You can buy whole leaf or crushed leaf. You will probably want to crush the leaves if you make Kratom tea from leaves. Don’t buy Kratom from a local store, as it is likely that it is old and pretty dried out, and has not been kept in the right conditions. The best source of Kratom is from a reputable on-line dealer.
This is finely powdered leaf, which should not contain veins and stems if you want the best quality. Excellent suppliers have their powders prepared in strictly controlled conditions, and they are assessed and monitored in the laboratory for consistent and correct alkaloid content.
Capsules are generally made from gelatin and contain Kratom powder. They offer a precisely measured amount of the powder, and are more palatable to take than the straight ground up Kratom.
Here is a word of warning about Kratom teabags. If you Google Kratom tea bags for sale, you will find a lot of listings on Amazon. “Great!” I hear you say, “I can get what I want from Amazon. How cool is that?” Yet if you click on to those tea bag descriptions, you’ll find that they are actually simple herbal teabags, with no Kratom content whatsoever. (Although they might be nice to use as an additional ingredient in your Kratom tea.)
There are reputable Kratom suppliers who sell teabags on line, and this is a good way forward for you if you want the convenience of having a tea bag that you can use at home or even when you are out and about. A simple tea bag slipped into your pocket or purse means you can have that cup of stimulating tea whenever you need it. It’s Kratom tea on the go!
Purchased Kratom tea bags have the advantage that they contain a measured amount of the herb, and they are consistent and predictable. It makes making Kratom tea very easy.
You can also buy do-it-yourself reusable tea bags and make your own easily portable blend. That’s really useful when you are short of time. Just heat your water, pop your tea bag in your cup or mug, and there you go! You can use crushed leaf or powdered Kratom in tea bags. A nice cup of Kratom tea, just the way you like it.
How To Make Kratom Tea From A Powder
Most people like to make Kratom tea from a powder. So choose powder from a strain which will give you the effect that you are looking for. The effect of Kratom tea can be calming and relaxing, energizing and stimulating, or somewhere in between. There are some pleasant blends available, and most reputable sources will offer Kratom tea for sale. People wonder, “Is Kratom tea stronger than Kratom powder?” The answer is, no. The tea is only as strong as the amount of Kratom which you use to make it, and the amount that you actually drink.
So, start out with a teaspoon of your favorite Kratom powder. Boil up about two to three cups of water, and then allow it to cool slightly before mixing in the Kratom powder. It’s very important that you don’t put your Kratom in boiling water, or boil it up in water. If you do, you start to break down the alkaloids which give it its beneficial effects. You might want to change the quantity of Kratom that you use depending on how you feel the tea worked.
The powder doesn’t dissolve; rather it becomes a suspension, so you need to mix it in well. Some people like to use the little whisk which is used in Japanese tea ceremonies; others simply use an ordinary whisk or a hand blender to mix the powder in well. Add a bit of lemon juice and some honey or sweetener to taste, and drink the whole amount if you want to get the full effect. (If you add something acidic, like lemon or grapefruit, this helps prevent the breakdown of the alkaloids in the hot water.)
You can also try putting the Kratom powder into reusable tea bags, or those little metal mesh balls that you use for infusing regular tea leaves, with the finest mesh that you can find. This way the Kratom powder is infused into the water, rather than mixed in.
How To Make Kratom Tea From Leaves
If you are lucky enough to be able to get hold of some really nice Kratom leaves then you will probably want to try using them to make Kratom tea. After all, we are very used to making teas from leaves of all kinds. Tea made from Kratom leaves, rather than powder, is a clear liquid, just like a cup of green or black tea. Some people really prefer this to the slightly gritty tea made by mixing powder with liquid.
Boil some water and set it aside for just a minute to allow it to become slightly cool. Take the amount of Kratom you desire, and put it in a teapot or French press. Allow the leaves to soak in the water for around fifteen minutes, then pour out the resulting clear tea. Kratom is super bitter tasting, so to make it nicer to drink you should add honey, brown sugar, stevia, agave, maple syrup or any other sweetener of your choice.
Drink the whole of the prepared Kratom tea to ensure that you get the effect that you are looking for.
Iced Kratom Tea And Smoothies
Kratom tea doesn’t have to be drunk hot, although it can be quite comforting on a cold winter’s day. You can also make an iced tea which some people actually find to be quite refreshing. Simply take your Kratom tea and whiz it up in a blender with ice, fruit juice (to add that little bit of needed acid) and a sweetener. You can even add fruit like bananas and strawberries, and milk or even ice-cream to make a smoothie. We like Kratom smoothies as they deliver good nutrition at the same time as you enjoy your Kratom. Vegan options are easily included in Kratom smoothies.
Kratom Tea Recipes
These are not so much recipes as ideas for things you can add to your Kratom tea to make it easier and more pleasant to drink. Try different combinations depending on the season, your mood, and the time of day. We are particularly fond of fruit based Kratom teas, and remember, that bit of acid does help to ensure that the alkaloids which give Kratom its benefits are supported and don’t deteriorate.
Stevia or other sweetener
Apple cider vinegar
Ice cream in any flavor
Cream of coconut
Herbs such as basil, thyme, sage, lemon grass and rosemary
Some of our favorite combination recipes for Kratom tea are:
- Honey, cocoa and cream of coconut
- Ginger, orange and pineapple
- Vanilla ice-cream, strawberry tea and a banana whizzed up as a smoothie
- Pineapple juice, cream of coconut and a few cherries
How To Make Kratom Sun Tea
Sun tea is great if you like to be energy conscious or maybe if you are camping out or living off grid. Simply take a gallon jar, add in your Kratom leaves, fill it with water, put the lid on and set the jar in the sun for at least six hours. Remember to move it around if you need to make sure it’s in the sun all the time.
You can then drink your Kratom tea in your favorite way, or you can store it in a cool place for up to one week. The tea may not be as strong as you would usually expect, so you might need to drink a bit more than you usually do.
Kratom Tea vs Capsules
So why choose Kratom tea over capsules? The answer is that you don’t have to. Taking capsules is great for a quick and easy way to get your Kratom effect. You can get a precisely measured amount, and you can take it any time pretty conveniently without having to wait for tea to be prepared.
Kratom tea on the other hand is altogether more leisurely and social – you can share a cup of tea with friends, you can enjoy it in the morning or at bedtime as a great way to start or end your day. You can enjoy making blends and flavors, you can drink it hot in the cold weather, and as iced tea or a smoothie in the summer. So make Kratom tea part of your sensible Kratom use, and find a new dimension to your enjoyment.