Kratom Tea Preparation
This below Kratom Tea recipe is only a recipe that I have come up with and works for me; I am sure that if you speak to ten people, all ten people will have different ideas as to what is best. So, I would suggest that you start your tea dose small, and work your way up; this is the safe and responsible thing to do whenever working with anything new. This Kratom tea has become an important part of my life, and I want to know that I will have the freedom to work with this amazing plant for a long time to come, so please be responsible.
This recipe makes enough tea for eight to ten mild doses, four to six medium strength doses, or two strong doses. Obviously, the “two strong doses” are meant only for those who are familiar with this herbal supplement and are comfortable with the effects. Personally, although I have made Kratom tea for some time now, I am still in the “four to six” range of strength, since I like a little kick, rather than being knocked over! So, the steps are as follows:
- STEP 1: Take 50 grams of dried, crushed kratom leaves and put into a pot. To this add 1 liter of water.
- STEP 2: Boil gently for 15 minutes.
- STEP 3: Pour the tea through a strainer into a bowl and reserve the liquid. Squeeze the leaves in the strainer to get most of the liquid out.
- STEP 4: Put the leaves back in the pot and add another liter of fresh water. Repeat steps 2 and 3.
- STEP: 5: After the leaves have been strained a second time, they can be discarded. Put the combined liquid from both boilings back into the pot and boil until the volume is reduced to about 100 ml.
Kratom tea can be safely stored in the refrigerator for about 5 days. It is probably okay to keep it a bit longer, but it’s better to play it safe and not drink it after 5 days. It can be stored for many months if you add some alcohol to it. Adding about 10% alcohol will preserve it for many months (in the refrigerator). That is 1 part 80 proof vodka (or a similar spirit) to 3 parts kratom tea.
The same general preparation method can of course be used with larger or smaller amounts of herb by simply adjusting the volume of water used. Some people experience mild nausea when using doses above 25 grams, so when taking larger doses, it is best to do so on an empty stomach (i.e. wait about 3 hours after eating).
MORE KRATOM TEA INFO
In the ongoing battle for ultimate popular heated beverage, the ubiquitous lattes and double-half-caff-soy-venti’s have taken a bit of a blow. Seems the American public’s tastes are taking a turn toward the less-caffeinated and easier on the stomach. After thousands of years of prominence in Eastern cultures, teas are beginning to gain ground as an alternative in the coffee-obsessed American times. And that is surely a good thing.
For a drink that’s played so significant a role in Asian cultures, as a staple beverage, curative, and even symbol of status, it is no surprise that the mythical origins of tea have achieved the status of legend. In one, Shennong, the legendary Emporor of China and inventor of agriculture and Chinese medicine, was drinking a nice bowl of boiling water around 2737 BC. When a few windblown leaves from a nearby tree fell into his water, altering its taste and color, took a sip and was pleasantly surprised. The rest is, as they say, history.
Tea is made by steeping leaves, buds, or other herbal ingredients (including flowers, spices, and fruits) in hot water for rarely longer than a few minutes. And although, originally, “tea” denoted four basic types (black, oolong, green, and white), these days the term often includes herbal infusions, like chamomile or jiaogulan.
Kratom tea can reportedly be prepared in one of two ways. The first is by grounding whole kratom leaves into a powder to then be prepared as per the traditional method (steeping in boiling water). The second is by using kratom extract, which will provide a far more regulated and reliable dosage. Depending on the potency of the extract and the desired effect (smaller dosages act as a stimulant, generally, while larger kratom dosages are more sedative), add extract to water and bring to a boil. Then, add sugar or honey to taste, and enjoy. The alkaloids in Kratom are not destroyed by temperatures that boiling water generates, so you can boil for as long as you wish to get the strength you desire.