Why drink bamboo leaf tea? That’s a good question. I, too, once assumed bamboo was only good for feeding adorable pandas and as a love-it-then-regret-it landscape filler. But I was wrong.
Why bamboo leaf tea?
One word: silica. It’s the mineral we love to overlook. But organic silica (also known as silicon) provides some awesome benefits that you really don’t want to miss out on:
- It promotes healthy hair and nail growth.
- It plays an important role in healthy bone density. (1)
- It’s a building block of collagen — a protein our body uses to rejuvenate skin and joints.
- Silica prevents the absorption of aluminum in the digestive system. Aluminum may be linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other health conditions. (2)
But of all these, silica is most popular because of its hair and nail growth benefits. That’s why the herb horsetail has been so popular as a remedy for stronger, healthier hair and nails.
But horsetail doesn’t hold a candle to bamboo leaf, and here’s why:
Why Bamboo Leaf Tea is Better than Horsetail
Did you know bamboo leaf tea has 10x the silica as horsetail extract? It’s true!
Horsetail averages about 5-8% organic silica. Bamboo leaf contains 70% organic silica.
That means you would have to consume 10 cups of horsetail tea to get the benefits of one cup of bamboo leaf tea! Bamboo ends up being a much more economical and practical way to get more natural silicon into your diet.
How to Make Bamboo Leaf Tea
This tea is very easy to make at home. I personally like to brew a large pot ahead of time so I have enough for 2-3 days. Here’s how you brew it:
- Bring 8 oz of pure water to boil.
- Pour over 1 bag of bamboo leaf tea or about 1 teaspoon of dried bamboo leaves in a cup.
- Cover with a clean cloth.
- Steep for at least 4-5 minutes. Sometimes I let mine brew for up to 10 minutes to get a stronger tea.
- Add a little honey or stevia to sweeten, and a little lemon juice for flavor.
- Enjoy! 🙂
You’ll want to drink at least one cup every day to notice a difference in your hair and nails, or 2-3 cups for maximum results.
It will take about 2-3 weeks to start noticing a different in your nails, and at least a month or so in your hair. So be sure to stick with this daily habit for 30-60 days in order to see how it works for you.
I highly recommend you head over to Amazon and read the reviews on bamboo leaf tea here. I love reading testimonials from real people!
You might also want to read my how to get healthy hair blog post here.
Have you ever tried bamboo leaf tea? Tell me about it in the comments below!
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