I got a cold and cough during the last typhoon Basyang. Mother told me that sambong is a natural cough remedy. She also reminded me not to abused my body with lots of chemically prepared drugs.
Since I do not have the ready made sambong tea like what my friend Ida gave me. I went to nearby river bank to find some sambong leaves. But I went home empty handed. Then I went to my neighbors hoping to find one.
Finally, I got some sambong leaves. I prefer young and undamaged leaves but those are already gotten by the plant owner. At least, I got some to cure my illness. Few brown spots would have no effects somehow.
I washed it with running water and brought it to low boiling for ten minutes. I never boiled it too much cause it might destroy the natural curing substances. You may want to measure the leaves and water for the purpose of standardization. More leaves means greater curing effect but it might render your tea undrinkable.
Do it yourself sambong tea has a grassy flavor and nothing else. Adding sugar will make it more delectable.
I feel better every time I sat on my table with a cup of sambong tea and I can watch my favorite Bleach Anime quietly beside my sleeping baby.