Intro: What is Gynostemma?
Gynostemma is a powerful adaptogenic tea that was discovered in China in the late 1960s. It was traditionally nicknamed “miracle grass” because of the seemingly endless benefits it enables through regular use. Since Gynostemma was discovered relatively recently, the majority of information about it is science based. Over 82 different adaptogenic phytonutrients are found in Gynostemma, which are similar to the phytonutrients found in Ginseng, and Astragalus, giving it its therapeutic qualities. Gynostemma comprises over 20 years of scientific research to back up all its claims, of which there is an abundance.
Benefits of Gynostemma include:
- A respiratory tonic
- Digestive aid
- Protection and support of the normal functioning of the liver and cardiovascular systems
- Counteracts the effects of Nuclear Factor Kappa B
- Stimulates the production of the body’s most powerful endogenous antioxidant, SOD or Super Oxide Dismutase.
- Easy to use and tastes great
But aside from having so many health benefits, Gynostemma is extremely economical. In this article I’ll explain why Gynostemma is a perfect introductory adaptogen or a great choice for someone on a budget.
I mentioned earlier that one of the things that makes Gynostemma such a great tonic herb is the sheer density of adaptogenic saponins in it. Only ginseng and astragalus are on the same level in terms of their concentration of saponins. The problem is that high quality ginseng is notoriously difficult to find, and notoriously expensive when you can find it. Gynostemma, even of excellent quality, is much easier to find and prepare.
The other nice thing about Gynostemma is that while it is potent, it is still a gentle and soothing herb that is never overwhelming on the system. By comparison, low quality ginseng (most of what is available on the market) is often overstimulating or too intense.
With between 100 to 200+ servings per container, and with a cost per serving of just $0.12 - $0.25 depending on how many times you brew it, Gynostemma is one of the most inexpensive herbs on the market.
Each serving of Gynostemma can be resteeped for at least 2-3 seperate brews. Just remember to refrigerate your serving or soak it in cold water between brews!
Gynostemma is an adaptogen in the true sense of the word: it can provide energy if you need it, but if consumed at night or before bed it is calming and soothing. It is also a great digestive aid to enjoy after a meal. Gynostemma will provide your body what it needs no matter the context.
Gynostemma also tastes delicious (unlike plenty of other herbs) making it a pleasure to enjoy regularly. It is a perfect tea on its own but you can also use it as a base for any elixir of your choice! On a hot day, throw it on ice with lemon for a refreshing treat.
Gynostemma is, in my opinion, the most economically accessible herb on the market and the best herb for someone new to tonic herbs, or on a budget. It packs a host of health benefits, is on the same level of potency as ginseng, is reusable, versatile, delicious, and likely has the lowest cost-per-serving of all adaptogens.