Bamboo tea is a versatile beverage full of nail and hair strengthening silica, as well as many other benefits for the body. Learn how to incorporate bamboo tea into your life for a healthier body and skin with this simple recipe.
Drinking bamboo tea has been popular in many areas of Asia for centuries while bamboo shoots are a delicacy and bamboo stalks are used to make furniture and cutlery.
The bamboo can be used to build houses, make paper, and is used in hair products too such as bamboo brushes, combs, etc.
Parts of the bamboo plant are also used in traditional medicine in certain parts of Asia.
The bamboo tea is the fastest growing plant on earth and can grow as much as 30 meters high, straight, strong, yet still flexible!
What is Bamboo Tea?
The dried tea is then chopped and packaged in tea bags or as loose leaves.
Bamboo Tea Nutrition
A cup of bamboo tea contains zero calories. The nutrition profile will change slightly if you sweeten it with maple syrup, honey, lemon, mint, ginger, or sugar.
Water and fat-soluble vitamins in bamboo tea include:-
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
- Vitamin B3 (niacin)
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
- Vitamin B9 (folic acid)
Bamboo tea also contains the following minerals – calcium, copper, magnesium, iron, selenium, silica, and zinc.
Bamboo tea is vegan-friendly, keto-friendly, and a great addition to a vegetarian diet.
How Does Bamboo Tea Taste?
Bamboo tea has a neutral sort of earthy taste. By the time you sweeten it, it will taste pretty much plain.
The taste is certainly much milder than other popular teas like green tea, oolong tea, black tea, jasmine tea, etc.
Bamboo Tea Benefits
High Silica Content
This is the greatest benefit of bamboo tea. Bamboo contains 10 times the amount of silica in horsetail, which is also a very good herb for hair and skin.
Silica is a vital part of building collagen in the body. Collage is responsible for joint health, stronger bones, healthy hair growth, glowing skin, and stronger nails.
Healthier Hair Growth
Our hair is 40% silica and requires silica to grow. Due to the high silica content in bamboo tea, which serves as a building block for collagen, healthier hair growth is encouraged.
Drinking bamboo tea will strengthen brittle, weak, damaged, and/or shedding hair.
Bring 2 bags of bamboo tea to brew in a cup of water then pour into a spray bottle once cool.
Spray the bamboo tea into hair generously, twist, and pin up. Leave in overnight then shampoo and deep condition the next morning.
I share my favorite bamboo tea rinsing recipes and more in Tea Rinsing Secrets for Healthy Hair Growth.
Bamboo Tea Rejuvenates Skin
The collagen content in bamboo tea rejuvenates skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and leads to plump and glowing skin.
It also helps reduce acne, dry skin, eczema, and several other skin impurities.
Heat some water and place 1 bamboo tea bag into it. After a few minutes, check that the tea bag is only warm so it doesn’t burn your skin.
Place warm tea bag directly onto acne or puffy eyes and lay back with eyes closed for 20 – 30 minutes. You will be amazed at the transformation after a few weeks.
Bamboo Tea Strengthens Nails
Funny story, when I first started drinking bamboo tea, it was because I had really brittle nails that kept breaking off.
The hair growth was an additional benefit that came later after I noticed how my nails became much stronger and also grew in faster. This is again due to the silica content in bamboo tea.
Rich in Soluble Fiber
Bamboo tea contains 4% soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is a type of fiber that dissolves in water and helps lower bad cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and aids in digestion.
People who have digestive issues like IBS can benefit from the soluble fiber content in bamboo tea.
Soluble fiber can also be found in foods like barley, oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, and carrots.
Bamboo Tea Aids in Weight Loss
The soluble fiber content in bamboo tea helps ease hunger pangs so you consume fewer calories throughout the day.
Fewer calories mean a more effective weight loss regimen. Bamboo tea can also help curb sugar and soda cravings.
Tip – drink bamboo tea sometime before a meal! Note, drinking bamboo tea on its own cannot trigger weight loss. You need a healthy lifestyle as well.
Bamboo Tea is Rich in Antioxidants
The antioxidant content in bamboo tea helps limit the production of free radicals in the body. Bamboo tea also boosts the body’s immune system.
Bamboo Tea for Hair Growth
The high silica content and essential vitamins, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid, in bamboo tea make it an effective hair growth aid,
Bamboo tea is one of my top recommendations in The Ultimate Hair Growth Guide for recovering from hair loss and strengthening weak hair.
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How to Brew Bamboo Tea
It’s very easy to brew bamboo tea. All you need is a tea bag and hot water. Steep the teabag in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes then add your sweeteners and enjoy.
You can make up to 3 cups of bamboo tea from 1 teabag. You can print the handy recipe card below for use when your bamboo tea arrives.
Where to Buy Bamboo Tea?
You can find the best bamboo tea online at the following locations:-
30 Day Hair and Nail Challenge
Most bamboo tea brands come in a pack of 30. Set yourself a 30 day hair and nail challenge by purchasing a bag of bamboo tea and recording your results every week.
You should also take pictures of your hair and nails at the end of every week for the 30 day duration to compare before and after.
You can keep track of this 30 day hair and nail challenge using Healthy Natural Hair Product’s Hair Diary and Planner.
Bamboo Tea Side Effects
Bamboo tea is not known to have any adverse effects.
However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, best to check with your primary care physician before you include bamboo tea in your diet.
Does Bamboo Tea Have Caffeine?
Bamboo tea is 100% caffeine-free so drink away at any time of the day or night. Bamboo tea could even relieve stress and help you sleep better.
Bamboo Hair Products
Bamboo hair products contain bamboo extract, which is derived from the leaves and stalk of the bamboo plant.
The concentration level varies from product to product but in all cases, bamboo extract strengthens hair.
Some popular hair products containing bamboo extract include:-
- Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Frizz Conditioner
- Ouidad Bye-Bye Breakage™ Strengthening + Thickening Scalp Serum
- Phyto Phytovolume Volumizing Jelly Mask
- Phyto Phytovolume Volumizing Shampoo
- Theorie Green Tea Energizing Conditioner
I will cover bamboo extract in greater detail in the next article.
If you have any questions about consuming bamboo tea, drop them in the comments section.