Eucommia tea or Du Zhong tea is made from the dried leaves of Eucommia ulmoides. Eucommia ulmoides is called Du Zhong in Chinese and is a traditional Chinese medicine.
Eucommia ulmoides is the only species of the genus Eucommia and is native to China. It is a deciduous tree, up to 20 meters high. Eucommia ulmoides is also introduced to botanical gardens in Europe and America, known as “Chinese rubber tree”, but it has no kinship with the rubber tree.
Eucommia ulmoides has a medicinal history of more than 2,000 years. Traditionally, Eucommia bark is used as medicine. The active ingredients and pharmacological effects of Eucommia leaves are similar to those of Eucommia bark. Since 2005, <Chinese Pharmacopoeia> began to include Eucommia leaves as Chinese medicine.
Eucommia tea is a healthy drink made from Eucommia leaves as raw material through traditional tea processing and traditional Chinese medicine processing methods.
In China, there are many health drinks made of Eucommia leaves, such as Eucommia green tea, Eucommia black tea, Eucommia oolong tea, Eucommia jasmine tea, Eucommia wine, Eucommia vinegar, etc.
According to the production season, Eucommia tea can be classified into spring tea, summer tea, and autumn tea. Like traditional Chinese tea, the tender the leaves and buds of Eucommia ulmoides, the higher the quality of the Eucommia tea, so the spring Eucommia tea has the best taste and medicinal effects.
The quality of Eucommia tea produced in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China is the highest. There is the largest wild eucommia forest in the world.
1. How to make Eucommia tea
Before brewing Eucommia tea, you can tear the Eucommia leaves, and the white Eucommia gums can be seen. These white Eucommia gums are the active ingredients of Eucommia leaves.
Although Eucommia tea is not different from traditional Chinese tea in tea processing technology, it is different in brewing. It should be steeped with 100℃ water for 5-10 minutes to fully make the effective substances come out.
Eucommia tea has a grassy smell after brewing. The stronger the grassy smell, the better its quality. It tastes a litter bitter, you can add honey and sugar according to your taste. In addition, you can also add chrysanthemum, wolfberry, hawthorn, Jiaogulan to brew together.
2. Health benefits of Eucommia tea
The leaves of Eucommia ulmoides are rich in nutrients, including 17 kinds of free amino acids, 15 kinds of trace elements such as zinc, copper, iron, germanium, and selenium.
The crude protein content in Eucommia leaves is higher than that of corn, grains, sorghum, and potatoes, which is equivalent to that of barley and wheat.
Eucommia leaves are rich in vitamins and carotenes, and also contain vitamin B2 and trace amounts of vitamin B1, which is closely related to the anti-aging and cellular immunity.
The active ingredients of Eucommia leaves include flavonoids, iridoids, phenylpropanoids, lignans, polysaccharides, and eucommia rubber.
The main benefits of Eucommia tea are as follows:
- Losing weight
- Lowering blood fat
- Lowering blood pressure
- Lowering Lowering sugar
- Enhancing immunity
- Strengthening muscles and bones
- Regulating gastrointestinal function
- Treating kidney disease and waist disease
3. Side effects of Eucommia tea
Eucommia leaves have no side effects no matter they are used as Chinese herbal pieces, Chinese patent medicine, or healthy food.
Although Eucommia tea has many effects, it should no be drunk too much, otherwise, it may cause dizziness, fatigue, palpitations, drowsiness, etc.