A Morning Mangosteen Tea!

Taking mangosteen tea early in the morning instead of instant coffee. There is no special thing about this! No uncommon ingredients. Not trying to practice a healthy lifestyle. I prepared and drank some before sleeping last night. This mug on my table was a leftover.

mug of mangosteen tea

Tinkering with the Chopped and Dried Mangosteen Peels

I think I did something wrong with the mangosteen peels I dried before. It was perfectly dried based on my senses. However, it became too hard to pound in mortar and pestle. It gonna break the ceramic and it would take forever with a wooden one. I could barely break a piece with my teeth. I would have a hard time converting it to smaller pieces with a manual corn mill either. I should have chopped it to smaller pieces when still fresh. On the other hand, it was not the time for regret. Re-wetting, re-chopping and re-drying was not a good option.

chopped dried mangosteen peelsDo not worry too much about the size if a commercial heavy duty mill is available. It will will break it to pieces  regardless of the size and hardness.

The hot beverage preparation. Lazy mode. I dropped all the dried mangosteen pieces in mug. Filled it with hot water from the hot and cold water dispenser and covered it. I know a hard wood flavor won’t disperse easily in water not as hot as boiling. I patiently waited almost fifteen minutes before opening.

What I saw next was not as nice as I was expecting. The solution became slightly brown with numerous yellow dots and some candle like specs floating on surface. The yellows came from the peels which I can see clearly. I have no idea bout the candle like specs.

infused mangosteen peelsI felt like drinking a wood infused water with slightly astringent taste. It was so different that what I drank before.

The peel pieces were sinking one by one as I drink.



I tried grinding it in manual corn meal. I set the burrs loose so I could easily turn the rotating handle. Too loose won’t be effective in reducing the particle size so I was tightening the burrs a bit for every run. I did over ten runs but  never attained what I wanted. Rotating the handle became harder and harder up to the point when I couldn’t turn it anymore.

dried mangosteen peels before grinding trialdried mangosteen peels after grinding trialSee Mangosteen Powder – Shredding Before Drying.

Two Tea Preparations and Two Fruits to Cure LBM

I found a video on YouTube while searching for loose bowel movement remedy. Our five months old baby girl and three years old boys currently have it. It sure not the right medication for them but it might work fine for older guy like me and you.

1) Kaynito / Star apple. It has tannins and polyphenols that helps cure lose bowel movement.

2) Nilagang Dahon ng Kaynito (boiled star apple leaves). Bring to boil two glasses water and one glass chopped leaves for five minutes. Drink one glass three times a day until the symptoms are gone.

3) Bayabas Leaves. Reduce the amount of toxins and prevents its further buildup. Bring to boil two glasses of water, ten chopped bayabas leaves, small flattened ginger and a tablespoon sugar for ten minutes. Drink three times a day until cured.

4) Bananas. It is good in replacing loss potassium due to LBM. It also has the capacity to replace bad bacteria with good set.

5) Drink the 1-8-1 Formula. Mix one liter water, eight teaspoon sugar and one teaspoon salt. Drink one to two glasses every hour everyday. This is good in replacing loss body electrolytes.

If symptoms persist, consult your doctor!

From Salamat Dok’s Home Remedy for LBM(Loose Bowel Movement).

DOST-CED Manufactures Guyabano Teabags and Capsules

The Department of Science and Technology through its Chemicals and Energy Division is currently producing guyabano health products such as 300 grams capsules and two-grams teabag. They are manufacturing it in accordance to WHO standards. It is a sure safe product according to their own laboratory tests.

The agency also studied the guyabono well. The following are according to them.

1) Guyabano is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, carbohydrates and dietary fibers

2) Has high flavonoid content – pytochemicals that have been found to fight viruses, carcinogens and allergens.

3) Guyabano outperforms Metformin in maintaining blood sugar level in diabetic persons.

4) Scientifically proven to relieve fever, spasms, pain inflammation, and asthma. Lower blood pressure and maintain good heart rate, Prevents cancer and slow down tumor.

5) The unripe fruit has more flavonoids than ripe.

6) The leaves are rich in tannins, fats and oils, unsaturated steroids, triterpenes, and flavonoids.

young unripe guyabano

Using Fragrant Coffee Flowers for Coffee Preparations

An old friend shared his experience about adding flavor to roasted beans or ground coffee. The flavor of choice is added while the freshly roasted commodity is cooling. Application temperature should not be too hot as to destroy the additives flavor and should not be too much to render the beans wet. Flavor of choice is sprayed in thin mist while cooling the  beans.

The following ideas may not work for me. I drink three-in-one coffee and black instant coffee. Occasionally try cafe coffee specialties but specially prefer the black brewed. However, I am going to try one of these when the right timing is within reach.

Here it goes…

Months before the harvest of red ripe coffee cherries, those were white fragrant flowers. Some might be surprised to know this fact. I personally compare it to Sampaguita with lower fragrance intensity. The latter is added to some food preparations and I think the first can be added too. Sampaguita tea exist and a coffee flower tea can exist too.

bunch of closed coffee flowers

Imagine having a black coffee with a fragrant aroma of coffee flowers. Why borrow other plant’s aroma if its very own is excellent? Add fresh / air dried coffee flowers to freshly roasted beans. A fresh flower to freshly brewed cup. It adds both aroma and aesthetic.

Again, I have never tried these before but I am going to. Will search for its safety first before the actual test.

While Browsing Information About Ashitaba Plant

There is a dedicated ashitaba website , the www.ashitaba.com. It is a webstore selling various ashitaba products, the ashitaba tablets, powders and teas. I think the products for sale are from China. The packaging designs and text labels are suggestive of Chinese Country.

Webmd.com stated, ashitaba is a large herb. A native of Japan. All plant parts can be used for medicinal preparation. It can be used for treating food poisoning, cancer, fever, constipation, stomach ulcers, heartburn, high blood pressure, high cholesterol level, small fox and etc… Efficacy is uncertain however.

Pregnant and lactating women are discouraged to use the herb.

Jbsl-net.com. The word ashitaba means “tommorow leaf” in Japanese language. It probably got its name from its ability to grow leaves the day after pulling it off the ground. It contain many nutrients which are believed responsible for health benefits.

Our fellow Filipinos are selling ashitaba leaves on Sulit.com.ph. I opened two tabs and got a bit confused. What I saw were Gynura precumbens, not ashitaba. Maybe the latter has the same effect and it is called the local ashitaba, or mistakenly called such.

From freewebs.com/ashitaba. One hundred grams of dried powder contains: beta carotene, Vitamin B 12, Vitamin C … B1, B3, B5, B6, biotin, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc copper, manganese, sulfur and silicon.

It has chalcones, a substance found in ashitaba and is responsible for array of beneficial characteristics. A potent antioxidant. Known to treat/prevent Alzheimer’s disease and type 1 diabetes.

The recommended intake is one teaspoon powder in the morning and evening, taken with small amount of juice, then followed by water. No info yet on liquid form intake.

According to ehow, tea can be prepared by: gathering ashitaba and air drying. Grinding using minimal force or cutting with scissors. Then steeping one teaspoonful in 12 ounces of water.