The Story Of Spring Dragon Longevity Tea
Here is the almost mystical story of Spring Dragon Tea - and how it came to be in my kitchen.
What is Spring Dragon Tea anyway?? Spring Dragon Tea is a delicious and easy way to get a potent dose of one of the best Tonic Herbs in the world at a great price. What are Tonic Herbs? They are the result of a long tradition in the Orient of finding safe, easily digestible herbs that have anti-aging, and protective benefits.*
Gynostemma in particular is known in Asia to have a strong anti-inflammatory effect, helping to reduce the low-grade, sub-clinical, chronic inflammation experienced by all humans. * Because of this ALONE I WOULD DRINK IT EVERY DAY... but it has many other wonderful benefits as well.
Spring Dragon Tea is TOTALLY UNIQUE in that the Gynostemma leaves used to make this tea come from a very special place; they are the highest quality, cleanest, most potent Gysnostemma available. See more below about the Dragon Herbs Gynostemma Fields.*
Here is the story..
In 1972 Japanese researchers reported that wild growing Gynostemma was being drunk as a daily longevity tea by many people in Southern China. Gynostemma was revered in the regions where it grew for its many reputed health benefits, including helping to alleviate chronic cough in the elderly. The Japanese began studying Gynostemma, and found that it contained saponins very similar to those found in Ginseng and Siberian Ginseng, but Gynostemma contains more of these saponins than ginseng. Gynostemma then became popular, and was soon being drunk daily by millions of people as a tonic tea. *
In 1992 Ron Teeguarden, founder of Dragon Herbs, was traveling to China, and because of a ticketing mishap, he ended up sitting in first class next to Professor Xiao Peigen, one of the most powerful and knowledgeable herbal experts in the world. (see more below about Professor Xiao) *
Being a student of herbalism, and possibly by coincidence (?!) Ron had in his carryon bag a copy of an article by Professor Xiao. When Professor Xiao saw that Ron had this article, he took Ron under his wing. When Ron then asked Professor Xiao to recommend a special tonic herb with significant anti-aging benefits, that would be beneficial to the everyone, Professor Xiao instantly recommended Gynostemma. *
By this time, Gynostemma was so popular, it was being widely cultivated on farms. Cultivated Gynostemma does not have all the same qualities of the wild Gynostemma grown in the mountains of Southern China, where it was originally revered. *
Ron and his wife Yanlin then met a man, whose name, translated, is Professor Field who was working as a manager in the forestry service of Fujian province. Professor Field helped Ron and Yanlin to find a place to grow Dragon Herbs’ Gynostemma.*
They found a plot of virgin land near the top of a mountain called Great Immortal Peak that is fed by a natural stream. Great Immortal Peak is part of Wu Yi Mountain. Gynostemma grows wild abundantly on the fertile slopes of Great Immortal Peak. *
The land was cleared the next year, and Gynostemma has been grown there for seventeen years alongside wild Gynostemma. No chemical has ever been used on the land. There is no road leading to the land, just narrow, winding, walking paths. This results in the sweetest, most potent Gynostemma imaginable. *
All the tea leaves in Spring Dragon Tea are Gynostemma leaves. These leaves are then soaked and supersaturated with a solution of other tonic longevity herbs.
What are these other herbs? They are:
Schizandra – a potent antioxidant, and a delicious fruit traditionally used to tonify all body systems, support the liver’s natural detoxifications process, open the lungs, nourish and moisturize the skin, and sharpen the mind. *
Astragalus – highly regarded for its immune-regulating, and immune strengthening effects, and its energy and blood tonic effects. *
Eleuthero – also known as Siberian Ginseng, famous for its ability to enhance physical and mental endurance and reduce the negative effects of stress. *
Luo Han Guo – a delicious fruit that is wonderful for the lungs and immune system and has a warm, sweet flavor. *
Here are the incredible credentials of the Professor Ron met on an airplane in 1992. Xiao Peigun was Director of the Institute of Medicinal Plant Development in Beijing, a major research institute belonging to the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. He was also head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Traditional Medicine, Commissioner of the Committee on Pharmacopeia for the People’s Republic of China and a Commissioner of New Drug Evaluation for the PRC.*
The Ingredients of Spring Dragon Longevity Tea: Gynostemma leaves infused with extracts of Luo Han Guo, Schizandra, Goji, Astragalus, and Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng.)
How to Use Spring Dragon Longevity Tea: Drink 1-3 teabags per day. Each teabag makes 1-3 cups of tea.
I find that each teabag will easily make 3 cups of tea. If I am drinking the tea straight – I will brew it for just a few minutes and save the teabag to use again. If I’m making a whole pot, or steeping it to use in a smoothie, I will let it steep for up to 10 minutes. Enjoy!
Spring Dragon Tea is available to add to a monthly herbal combination for menopause.. Learn More HERE.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.