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Gynostemma Products

Gynostemma Products

This highly prized adaptogenic herb has a very long history of use in China where they call it Xiancao, (immortal grass or herb of immortality). Indigo Herbs has sought out this adaptogentic botanical because of its ability to help generate a serene and healthy glow for all who use it. This comes in the form of Indigo Herbs Gynostemma Powder that has a dynamic range of applications and can be used by all.

Legend has it that the Chinese Emperor Fu Shou (lucky immortal) was one day visiting a distant region of his empire. Whilst stopping for respite, his servants boiled some water for everyone to drink (as was their custom to sanitize the water). As the water boiled, dried leaves from a nearby plant fell in and an aromatic liquid was created. Curious, the emperor drank some and found it very refreshing, soothing, slightly bitter as well as a little sweet. Thus Gynostemma / Jiaogulan tea was discovered. By the 13th century Gynostemma / Jiaogulan tea appeared in Chinese meditation texts. By the 16th century, the immortality herb was listed in a variety of holistic texts throughout China. In the 70s, a nationwide census in China identified a mountainous area with the largest percentage of centenarian inhabitants. Research into the lifestyle of these centenarians revealed a common dietary element; they all drank Gynostemma / Jiaogulan tea regularly.

Gynostemma is a member of the cucumber (cucurbitaceae) family and its natural habitat is southwest China. Unlike its relations in the same species it bears no fruit. Also this plant is dioecious meaning that both a male and female plant need to be present to make seed. This vine climbs and supports itself using tendrils that coil around other plants. The flowers are small, fleshy and open out into a pale green star shape.

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Latin Name: Gynostemma pentaphyllum

  • Long history of traditional use
  • Known as the "Herb of Immortality" in China
  • Bitter/sweet and refreshing tasting herbal tea
  • Re-sealable air tight, foil pouch to ensure maximum freshness
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added
Quality Assured Vegetarian and Vegan Safe
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Gynostemma Leaf Tea from Indigo Herbs is derived from extremely high quality Gynostemma plants. This herb has a long history of traditional use in China where it is known as the "Herb of Immortality". This loose herbal tea has a bitter/sweet refreshing taste that leaves a cool sweet aftertaste.

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the quality, manufacture and suggested use of this tea. We are unable to advise you here on the benefits of our herbal products, however we do recommend you take the opportunity to research the many benefits of this herb. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, by having access to many of natures healing botanicals. Please consult a Herbalist as to how this product can benefit you.

Also known as: jiaogulan, five-leaf ginseng, poor man's ginseng, miracle grass, fairy herb, sweet tea vine, gospel herb, Xiancao, Amachazuru, dungkulcha, dolwe, sencauw, jiaogulan, giao co lam.

Making a delicious cup of tea with loose leaf herbs is simple and easy. Brewing loose leaves is a traditional art with many different styles and varying items of tea brewing equipment on the market. There are one cup teaballs that can be filled with loose leaves, flowers, and barks and submerged straight into a boiling cup of hot water and then left to infuse. The rule of thumb with brewing loose leaves is to allow them to fully release their beneficial aromatic phyto-chemical content.

This process is lovingly called brewing and takes 5-10 minutes so a tea cosy is recommended if you are using a pot. When making a pot of tea it is advised that you use one teaspoon of loose leaf tea per person and one for the pot. Any true tea maker who truly appreciates the art would recommend heating the pot first, and of course when the tea is fully infused it is absolutely necessary that the drinker sits down and takes a minute to enjoy! For full instructions go to our How to make Herbal Tea Page.

Gunostemma Leaf Tea can be made into a hot drink by decocting the dried Gynostemma Leaves into boiling water. Use 1-2 teaspoons per cup of boiling water and steep for 3-10 minutes depending on taste. Then strain and serve.


1-2 teaspoons dried root per 1 cup of boiling water.

  • Produced to GMP standards.
  • Quality Assured by Indigo Herbs.
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
  • Re-sealable air tight, foil pouch.
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added.

Manufacture Process

Only the best Gynostemma leaves are used for Indigo Herbs Gynostemma Leaf Tea and contain a healthy amount of botanical constituents. The Gynostemma pentaphyllum plants are cultivated for the specific purpose of being used as a fresh high quality tea. Upon reaching maturity, the whole plant is dug up and dried out of the sun. All leaves are then identified and screened by experts before the leaf is dehydrated further. This Gynostemma Leaf Tea is then tested so that there are no heavy metals or other pollutants within the plant matter. The tea is then ready to be shipped.   

Pure Gynostemma pentaphyllum Leaf

Gynostemma / Jiaogulan appears to be relatively safe. Mild side-effects may include fatigue, lethargy, feeling of chest oppression, dry nose, dry throat, increased heart beat and rash. There are no reports of severe adverse reactions or complications.

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5 out of 5by Ursula Faulkner
13 March 2021
This is a lovely tasting green tea. Usually I find green teas are not nice but this one is very drinkable :)
5 out of 5by cath
13 January 2021
easy to use. prompt delivery - makes a good tea!
5 out of 5by Ronald Brown
3 November 2020
So far feeling much better in myself Sleeping better.Taken first thing in the morning and at night
5 out of 5by Roy Andrews
30 September 2020
we are very pleased with this product. Thank you.
4 out of 5by Margaret Lancaster
19 August 2019
Very happy with this product and efficiency from Indigo Herbs and will be ordering again from them.
5 out of 5by Lauren Clark
18 March 2019
Good quality and fast delivery
5 out of 5by Dhari
15 December 2018
i have not used it much to really reflect upon it. it is too early to be sending these reviews
4 out of 5by pablo bolado herreria
1 December 2018
Un tea a destacar, bueno para el aparato digetivo y para conciliar el sueño
4 out of 5by Stephanie Shaw
30 April 2017
I have not used this long enough to see any results.
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