The health results gained from drinking Gunpowder tea are basically derived from the flavonoids and antioxidants abundant in the camellia sinensis plant species. This is where all the various types of green teas are obtained from.
Gunpowder tea is a type of green tea in which the leaves are rolled into small pellets resembling those that were used for ammunitions in the 1600s. Originally rolled tightly to preserve freshness and maintain moisture during long voyages overseas, it still holds true as an unsurpassable fresh tea that is full of dark bold color and a striking taste. Gunpowder tea is astringent and mildly bitter, and you can add a very small pinch of Stevia or Spearmint to soften the taste.
While the name was believed to have been coined by the British sailors in the 17th century, the production of gunpowder tea was believed to have originated back during the Tang Dynasty in 618 B.C. To produce the gunpowder tea, the leaves are steamed and tightly rolled into small pellets, and are then dried.
The tea slowly unfurls like a flower as the tea leaves absorb water. Occasionally, the pellets will “pop” completely open once hot water touches it.
As with all green teas, the minimal processing undergone by gunpowder tea allows for a higher level of antioxidants to remain intact. The primary antioxidant embodied in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate).
Some health benefits acknowledged from Gunpowder tea:
Believed to aid in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
Claimed to be helpful in the prevention of cancer.
Said to help blood sugar regulation.
Could prevent tooth decay by fighting cavities and gingivitis.
Can strengthen the immune system and fight ailments resulting from bacteria and viruses.
May assist skin health.
Aroma & Flavor: A profoundly green aroma with a deep, well rounded tannic flavor.
Brew Instructions: 1 teaspoon to 6 ounces Newly Boiled water. Pour water over tea and allow to steep for 1-2 minutes. For second steeping, increase soaking time to about 3-5 minutes or until desired strength is reached.
1 ounce of loose tea makes between 10-15 6oz cups of tea
Disclaimer: The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a known medical condition of if you are or suspect you are pregnant or nursing.