natural healing: umesho bancha tea

loose kukicha tea

Bancha is one of many names for twig tea (Kukicha is another). This tea is made from the twigs and branches of the tea plant, and has all the antioxidants and very little of the caffeine. It’s a great relaxing drink after dinner or before bed, with a roasty, herbal flavor that is strong but pleasant. It is delicious on its own, but mixed with umeboshi paste and shoyu it makes a great healing, detoxifying tea. Umesho bancha tea helps regulate digestion, improve circulation, strengthen the blood, and relieve headaches! Drink if you have an upset stomach, gas, bloating, or after excess sugar or alcohol consumption. It help with nearly everything!

loose kukicha tea
loose kukicha tea

Umesho Bancha Tea

4 cups filtered water
2 Tablespoons loose kukicha tea (or 2 tea bags)
2 teaspoons umeboshi paste (salted plum paste)
½ teaspoon Nama shoyu® (optional)

  1. Bring water to a boil. Pour over kukicha tea and steep for five minutes.
  2. Stir in umeboshi paste and shoyu until as smooth as possible.
  3. Divide into 2 mugs and enjoy!

Yield: 2 Servings

Many companies make kukicha in tea bags too!

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