Loquat leaf tea is made from the leaves of Eriobotrya japonica. Loquat leaf called Pi Pa Ye in Chinese is a traditional Chinese medicine.
Loquat is native to Southeast China and also can be found in other Asian counties, such as Japan, India, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, etc. It belongs to evergreen small arbor plant, up to 10 meters high.
Unlike most fruit trees, loquat blooms in autumn or early winter, and its fruits ripen from spring to early summer, earlier than other fruits. The ripe loquat fruit is sweet and nutritious, and is also a traditional Chinese medicine.
Loquat leaf is one of the common Chinese herbal medicines. It can be harvested all year round, mostly in summer. After being picked and dried in the sun, it can be used as herbal medicine.
The famous Chinese patent medicine Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa is mainly made from loquat leaf. Pei Pa Koa is a very hot product in the United States, mainly used for cough relief.
People who often suffer from cough, respiratory infections, and bronchitis can always have some dried loquat leaves at home to make loquat leaf tea to relieve the disease.
1. How to make loquat leaf tea
Making loquat leaf tea is very simple. Tear the dried loquat leaves into small pieces. Steep them in boiling water for a few minutes to drink. Before drinking, you can add some sugar and honey.
The fresh loquat leaves can also be used to make tea. After picking, brush the fluffs on the surface of loquat leaves with a small brush, cut them into small pieces, and boil them for a few minutes to drink.
2. Health benefits of loquat leaf tea
The main components of loquat leaf are triterpenoid acids, flavonoids, polyphenols, organic acids, volatile oils, and loquat glycoside. There are more than ten kinds of triterpenoid acids in loquat leaf, which are the main effective components of loquat leaf.
The main effect of loquat leaf is to relieve cough, which is recorded in many ancient Chinese medicinal books. Loquat glycoside, ursolic acid, and total triterpenoid acid are the main components of loquat leaf for cough relief.
Clearing stomach heat
It can clear stomach heat and treat vomiting caused by stomach heat.
It has a certain relief effect on skin diseases such as miliaria, maculae, skin rash. Bathing with loquat leaves also has this effect.
Scientific experiments show that the triterpenoid acids of loquat leaf can inhibit the metastasis and spread of cancer cells such as lung cancer.
The flavonoids in loquat leaf have an antioxidant effect. It can eliminate oxygen free radicals in the body, and prevent cell degeneration and aging.
3. Side effects of loquat leaf tea
There are some small fluffs on the fresh loquat leaves. Be sure to clean the fluffs, otherwise, it will cause vomiting and cough when entering the human body.
The medicinal property of loquat is cold. People with cold constitution or weak stomach should not drink it too much, otherwise, it may cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, and other symptoms.
Patients with vomiting caused by stomach cold should not drink it, otherwise, it will aggravate the disease.
Pregnant women should drink loquat leaf tea in moderation.