In southern China, Jiaogulan has long been noted for its healthy properties, and is now is being recognized globally as a powerful adaptogen with numerous health benefits. At Aumtea, we are excited to share this delicious and revitalizing “Immortali-tea” with our customers.
Story of Jiaogulan
Aumtea’s Jiaogulan herbal tea is an ancient beverage long recognized for its potent rejuvenating properties in traditional Chinese medicine. With first references to Jiaogulan as a medicine found in the 16th century Chinese medical text Compendium of Materia Medica, it has been noted as an “herb of immortality” with a myriad of health benefits.
Legend of Jiaogulan Tea
The discovery of Jiaogulan supposedly occurred by chance many centuries ago, when the Chinese emperor Fu Shou was visiting a distant region of his empire. He and his court stopped to rest after a long day of travels, and as water was being boiled for drinking, some leaves from a nearby plant fell into the water, infusing it with a tantalizing aroma. Curious, and perhaps more than a bit thirsty, the emperor drank it and found it to be both refreshing and delicious – slightly bitter, with a hint of sweetness.
Jiaogulan Health Benefits
Until relatively recently, Jiaogulan was best known in the southern provinces of China, where it grows wild in the mountains. However, the discovery of Jiaogulan’s adaptogenic compounds fueled further research from central China, particularly as a potential alternative to the popular ginseng root, another well-known adaptogen.
What is an Adaptogen?
Adaptogens are active ingredients found in a variety of plants and mushrooms that have a normalizing effect on the body and are always non-toxic. Essentially, adaptogens attune to each body’s individual needs to bring systems into balance, and can be helpful in reducing symptoms of anxiety, stress or fatigue.
As the attention around Jiaogulan health benefits grew, so did curiosity about the long lifespans in certain areas of these southern provinces, which boast an unusually large population of healthy residents over 100 years old. Some local legends have attributed this to regular consumption of Jiaogulan, which has a range of powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in addition to its status as a rejuvenating adaptogen.
While research is still being conducted to better understand the full range of Jiaogulan health benefits, according to traditional use and initial studies, some key health benefits may include:
Positive impacts on lowering visceral fat
Increased energy and vitality
Balancing blood sugar levels
Strengthening the immune system
Relaxing effect on the central nervous system, with benefits for anxiety and depression
Jiaogulan also contains a range of important minerals, including zinc, iron, potassium, selenium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorous.
Today, Jiaogulan tea is commonly consumed as a healthy beverage in China, Japan and Thailand, though its status as a potent adaptogen has increased global interest in this ancient herb. Our organically cultivated, Northern Thailand-grown Jiaogulan has been lauded for its sweetness, enticing a new generation of herbal infusion-lovers to try this truly special herbal tea.