Mitragynaspeciosa is a tropical tree in the coffee family. It thrives in Southeast Asia and when ingested, its active alkaloids bind with the receptors in your body to generate a combination of stimulating and sedating effects that differ according to the dosage and strain.
Traditionally, Southeast Asian people used to chew the leaves straight from the tree for an energy boost and motivation. For a more relaxed and emissive experience, they started drying leaves to make mitragynaspeciosa tea, which took the world by storm.
What is Mitragynaspeciosa tea?
Mitragynaspeciosa tea is simply a tea made from the leaves of mitragynaspeciosa. The leaves of this evergreen tree are rich in alkaloids 7-Hydroxymitragynine and mitragyna and when brewed into a tea, they produce different effects on your body and mind. Different Mitragynaspeciosa strains can be used to make the tea, and you are free to choose that will suit your needs. Making a cup of Mitragynaspeciosa tea is simple and straightforward, but before we take you through the preparation process, there are few things you need to know.
Unlike other plant-based alkaloids, Mitragynaspeciosa leaves are rich in alkaloids which are stable at high temperatures. What this means is that unless they are boiled for a long time, they cannot lose their potency. It is, therefore, recommendable to bring your water to a simmer and not a full boil when making the tea.
How to maximize alkaloid absorption
When making Mitragynaspeciosa tea, the objective is to maximize the absorption of the alkaloid which you can achieve through various ways;
· One of the most common ways to maximize alkaloid absorption is by lowering the pH of the liquid during the cooking phase. You can add lime juice, lemon juice, or citric acid to increase the amount of alkaloids to be absorbed
· You can also maximize alkaloid absorption by reusing the powder you’ve strained from previous tea. For instance, if making tea in the morning, you can store the strained powder in the refrigerator in a sealed container to reuse in the evening or the next morning
· It is also possible to keep water/kratom solution in the freezer prior to boiling as this will break the tough cell wall of the powdered Mitragynaspeciosa which will, in turn, allow more alkaloid to be absorbed easily
Preparing Mitragynaspeciosa tea
Method one using Mitragynaspeciosa leaves
In this method, fresh leaves are added in water, which is left to boil for approximately 20 minutes. The leaves are strained, and the residue water is consumed as a hot or cold tea depending on the user’s preferences.
Method two using Mitragynaspeciosa powder
The leaves of Mitragynaspeciosa are harvested after maturity, dried in the sun, and ground into a fine powder, which is distributed across the world through online stores. When preparing the tea, pour water into a teapot and heat it to a simmer. Add the powder and stir gently as you allow the mixture to continue simmering for at least 10 minutes. Turn off the heat source and strain your tea through a fine strainer and serve it.
Alternatively, boil the ingredients in a teapot first, then pour the powder in a mug according to your preference. Then add the boiled ingredients in the mug with the powder and stir gently. Allow it to cool down for a few minutes and enjoy. Mitragynaspeciosa has a bitter taste and if it’s too strong for you, dilute with more water or adding honey, stevia, cinnamon, or sugar for a sweet taste.
Mitragynaspeciosa tea is easy to prepare, and most importantly, it has tremendous health benefits to the user. For instance, it produces mild stimulating effects, relieves pain, eases anxiety and depression, improves sexual performance, boosts one’s mood and focus, improves sleep quality, and can enhance your endurance during exercises. Whether you prefer to take one cup early in the morning before going to work/school or late at night before bed, Mitragynaspeciosa can change your life for the better.