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365 Challenge > Day 80 - Gymnema leaves tea (Gymnema sylvestre)

Updated: Apr 23, 2020

It was the first time I have tried Gymnema leaves tea and I thought it had an aroma between linden and spice. Its flavour also was similar to that of linden but sweeter. I could also taste some minty notes. Overall, I found it a pleasant tea.

Obviously, Gymnema doesn't only offer a delightful taste but also has a wealth of health benefits. According to this website (uses evidence-based data), Gymnema may contribute to favourable insulin levels by increasing insulin production; improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels; help reducing heart disease risk and aid weight loss. It may also helps reducing sugar cravings which I find interesting. Apparently, Gymnema has the power to block the sugar receptors on the tongue which reduces one’s ability to taste sweetness. If you cannot taste it, why eat it?

Native to tropical forests of India, Gymnema is known as ‘gurmar’ in Hindu and has been used in the treatment of diabetics. In the old times, Gymnema is said to heal snake bites too.

In Turkey, Gymnema grows mostly in the Mediterranean region. As I understand, its tea is usually drunk by people who would like to reduce weight. It causes some side effects when taken with blood sugar-lowering medicines, so be aware before drinking Gymnema tea if you are on such drugs.

Tea Profile:

Type: Herbal (non-tea)

Origin: India

Harvest time: 2020

Leave colour: Pieces of light green leaves and occasional flowers

Liquor colour: Light yellow

Tea aroma: Spicy

Tea taste: Sweet with linden-like and minty tones

Steeping/brewing: Take about 3 gr of dried leaves and boil in 200 ml water for up to 5 minutes. Drink after straining it. You may brew it a couple of times.

Shelf life: Up to 2 years (the freshest the better)

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