Throughout Southeast Asia, from Thailand to Papua New Guinea, the leaves of a mystical leaf have been ground and dried to create a potent powder for centuries. The evergreen is Mitragyna speciosa, also known as Kratom.
Kratom is high in alkaloids, such as mitragynine, 7-hydroxy mitragynine, and mitraphylline, the soothing effects of which have resulted in the Kratom tree being a source of herbal medicine for hundreds of years.
Tea is a popular way to consume Kratom, and given its properties, it is well-suited to this method. There is no right way to make Kratom tea. If you look around, you can find a wide range of recipes and guides, but we’ve compiled some of the best options in once place.
Read on to learn how to make Kratom tea with powder, crushed Kratom, regular or green tea, and other wholesome ingredients that will bring out amazing flavor, reduce bitterness, and deliver all the benefits of Kratom in an easy to consume beverage.
- What is Kratom Tea?
- The Benefits of Drinking Kratom Tea
- Kratom Tea Pros and Cons
- Kratom Tea Effects
- How to Make The Best Kratom Tea: A Beginner’s Guide
- Kratom Tea Recipes
- How to Make Kratom Tea – Step by Step Recipes
- There You Have It!
What is Kratom Tea?
You might know it as ketum, biak, kakuam, ithang, or thom, but most of the time, it’s called Kratom. While you may have only heard of Kratom recently in the United States, this substance is not new – it’s as old as time! It has many powerful, natural properties and has been used for centuries in herbal and medicinal capacities. In many other countries, though, it is banned.
Kratom leaves are typically dried and crushed into a powder and this powdered Krarom leaf can be taken in a number of ways; a popular method is to prepare it into a tea. Generally, people find that drinking unflavoured Kratom tea tastes a lot like green tea; it can be a tad bitter so often other ingredients are added to enhance the flavor. The tea can be sipped whilst warm or even consumed cold.
Kratom comes in three primary strains: red vein, white vein, and green vein, as well as a bonus “hybrid” yellow vein. There is a wide range of other strains and variants, such as red Borneo, white Maeng Da, green Hulu Kapuas and yellow Sundanese. These strains have slightly different effects and benefits, and each will produce a slightly different tea.
The Benefits of Drinking Kratom Tea
Tea made or infused with Kratom leaves or powder offers a wide range of potential benefits ranging from therapeutic to recreational. The benefits of Kratom have been widely reported and supported by science and consumers alike.
Kratom alkaloids work well in teas, combining with naturally occurring antioxidants and polyphenols to create a unique experience that brings together the best of Kratom and tea brewed to desired potency and capable of delivering effects quickly and reliably.
Potential Benefits of Kratom Tea Include:
- Soothing and relaxing effect
- Reduced stress
- Increased sense of calm and well-being
- Uplifted mood
- Higher energy and motivation
- Increased ability to socialize
- Pain management
- And more…
Kratom Tea Pros and Cons
As one of the original ways to consume Kratom, Kratom teas have been enjoyed recreationally and medicinally for centuries. Tea has many features that make it an ideal beverage to combine with Kratom.
What makes tea an ideal drink to brew with your favorite strain or vein? Tea’s naturally occurring phytochemicals, polyphenols and antioxidants aren’t just healthy, they can work to enhance everything good about Kratom, while also smoothing over any undesirable side effects. For strains and/or doses that are more sedative, tea can offer a smooth uplifting balance. Similarly, green teas are high in L-theanine, a calming amino acid that may be a nice balance for strains or veins that are too energizing or stimulatory.
Pros of Kratom Tea:
- Easy to prepare
- Natural bitterness blends well with that of Kratom
- Can be uplifting or sedating depending on the tea
- Can enhance Kratom’s effects (such as with chamomile) as a potentiator of sorts
- Tea may aid with digestion and help to experience effects
Cons of Kratom Teas:
- Requires a bit of planning and preparation
- Not as mobile as a tincture or capsule
Kratom Tea Effects
People use Kratom tea to increase energy, reduce anxiety, aid sexual performance and more. Some people also experience euphoria at higher doses and has been used for minor psychoactive reasons and to manage pain. Recently, it has seen an upsurge based upon its rumored but unproven usefulness in combating opioid withdrawal.
Preparing Kratom tea is pretty straightforward. To make the process easy for you, we’ve made an overview on how to make it as well as put together a few recipes to try to show you the possibilities of Kratom tea.
How to Make The Best Kratom Tea: A Beginner’s Guide
How to Make Kratom Tea Using Kratom Powder
Making Kratom tea might be a bit daunting to the uninitiated, but once you have the basics down, brewing Kratom tea can be a rewarding and fun experience. Below we’ll take you through the basics, showing you how to make tea from Kratom leaf or powder. Heck, you can even make iced tea for those hot summer days relaxing outdoors.
In essence, Kratom tea is made by simply steeping Kratom powder in hot water. You can use the powder to make multiple batches. To do this, strain the powder from the tea, and separate it. This separated powder can be steeped for another batch.
What Ingredients Will You Need?
The ingredients used to make Kratom tea are Kratom powder, water, and optional flavorings to counter the bitter flavour. Usually, you add two to four cups of water to the desired dose of powder.
Other Popular Ingredients Include:
Amount of Kratom: What Dosage Should You Use?
Dosage is a matter of preference. The longer the tea steeps, the more alkaloids (such as mitragynine) there are in the tea and the more potent the tea will be. When selecting dosage, consider your tolerance level, health requirements, familiarity with Kratom, and how much or little you’ve eaten. Typically, you will find you will need to use more powder compared to when taking Kratom at your regular dosage via something like a Toss n’ Wash or when taking Kratom capsules. If you buy Kratom that’s high quality, you can get away with less.
How Long Will Effects Last?
The effects of Kratom tea vary based on the potency and the strain of Kratom. In general, you can expect to feel the effects in ten to 20 minutes, and they can last for up to six hours.
Will Boiling Water Kill the Alkaloids?
We don’t recommend using boiling water to make Kratom tea. Kratom contains a lot of alkaloids and while boiled water does not kill the them as some suggest, we still recommend using only hot water when brewing in order to bring out the best flavor, letting the tea steep in a pot or cup to achieve the desired strength.
The three simplest methods for making Kratom tea and getting the most out of it are by using a teapot, a pan on the stove, or a coffee maker.
Using a teapot is the simplest method. Put your crushed leaves or powder at the bottom of the teapot. Then, heat the water just shy of boiling and allow it to cool for five minutes. Next, pour the water into the pot. Allow it to steep for ten to 15 minutes, and then serve!
Another way of making Kratom tea is in a pot on the stove. Heat water in a pot or saucepan, and reduce the heat before it boils. Add Kratom powder and wait for 15 minutes, stirring regularly or until the color changes to a warm yellow. The darker the color, the more intense the tea. Then, drain the tea through a strainer to separate the tea from the powder before serving.
Making Kratom tea in a coffee maker is also a simple process and is similar to making coffee. Add powder to a coffee filter and insert it into the machine. Fill the reservoir with water, and then turn on the coffee machine and let it run. Be wary of this method, though, if you are looking for well-steeped tea. The coffee maker method makes weaker, less potent Kratom teas than the other methods. It does not steep for long enough to extract a large number of alkaloids; however, this also means that you can reuse the powder more times. The same applies if using an AeroPress. Those familiar with the AeroPress will be aware of the “inverted method” whereby the powder can steep for longer; this is the process you would use for Kratom tea.
Kratom Tea Recipes
How to Make Kratom Tea that Actually Tastes Good
Though many people love the taste of Kratom tea, others make a face at Kratom’s notoriously bitter taste. This makes finding a Kratom tea recipe that actually tastes good a bit of a challenge.
As a result, most people who make their Kratom tea find adding a flavoring helps, from plain sugar to lemon juice or citrus. Sometimes, people add something acidic, like vinegar, to their brew.
Your options are endless. You can throw just about anything in there. If you’re feeling brave, try experimenting a little and create your own recipe! To get you started, here are some of our favorite ways to make Kratom tea.
How to Make Kratom Tea – Step by Step Recipes
Lemon Ginger Kratom Tea Recipe
This one is popular. It’s a quick way to spice up the bitterness of Kratom. In essence, it’s just a lemon and ginger drink with Kratom powder. Some users believe the juice of a lemon can actually potentiate Kratom’s effects.
- Kratom powder
- Half a lemon
- One tablespoon of honey
- Small piece of ginger
- Measure your dose of Kratom powder.
- Fill a pot with 2 to 4 cups of water.
- Place the pot on the stove, and bring it almost to a boil. Reduce heat.
- Shred a small piece of ginger into the water as it warms.
- Add your Kratom powder.
- Cut your lemon and squeeze half into the pot.
- Add one tablespoon of honey.
- Brew for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Strain and serve!
Chai Kratom Tea Recipe
Chai Kratom tea is a great combination. This flavorful brew pairs well with the bitterness of Kratom. It can either be made from scratch or by combining Kratom powder and premade chai tea.
- Kratom powder
- 4 cardamom pods
- 4 cloves
- 2 whole peppercorns
- 1 small piece of ginger
- 1 cinnamon sticks
- Sugar to taste
- Black tea
- Milk or water
- Measure your dose of Kratom powder.
- Crush the spices, except for the cinnamon.
- Fill a pot with 2 to 4 cups of milk or water.
- Heat the liquid until just shy of boiling.
- Add the spices and cinnamon sticks.
- Grate the ginger into the pot.
- Add a bag of black tea or as much loose tea as desired.
- Add the Kratom powder to the pot and brew for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Stir regularly.
- Remove from the heat and allow it to sit for a few minutes.
- Filter, serve and enjoy!
- Dosage of Kratom powder
- Half a dried apple
- 1 cinnamon stick, crushed
- Dry an apple in the oven.
- Measure Kratom to dosage.
- Bring water to a boil. Reduce.
- Add crushed cinnamon and dried apple.
- Once water is at a reduced temperature, add Kratom powder.
- Brew for 20 minutes. Stir regularly.
- Remove from stove. Allow to sit for three minutes.
- Filter, serve and enjoy!
Thai Twisted Kratom
This recipe is another one of our favorite blends, and as many Kratom strains are native to Thailand, it makes sense! You can leave out the milk and ice if you prefer and drink this flavorful brew warm!
- Dose of Kratom powder
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 3 whole star anise
- 4 cardamom pods
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Half a vanilla bean
- 1 tablespoon of turmeric
- Condensed milk
- Milk of choice
- Measure the Kratom dose.
- Fill the pot with 2 cups of water.
- Add all spices and Kratom.
- Bring the pot to a simmer over medium heat.
- Brew for ten minutes, stirring constantly.
- Reduce heat and allow it to sit at low temperature for 3 minutes.
- Remove from stove.
- Strain and pour into a cup with ice.
- Whisk condensed milk and milk together.
- Pour milk over the tea.
There You Have It!
People take Kratom in a variety of ways, from simply knocking back the powder as it is, to Kratom capsules or even resin, but one of the most enjoyable and best-tasting methods of ingesting Kratom is tea.
Brewing Kratom tea is a simple experience and it’s easy to make, since it’s essentially just steeping the powder in water. Once you get the hang of the basics, you can try new things and add your own twist. We listed just a few of our favorite recipes to get you started. Be sure to correctly gauge how potent your tea is going to be so that you can drink it safely and responsibly and be sure to buy Kratom that is fresh.
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