Making Kratom Tea
Traditionally there are a bunch of different ways you can assume kratom, but one of the most popular ways to enjoy everything that this 100% all-natural herb has to offer is to brew it into a delicious pot of tea.
Sure, there are plenty of people throughout Southeast Asia that have shortcut the process of consuming kratom and simply picked the leaves straight from the plant and chewed them up 100% raw. But that’s a bit of an acquired taste for folks that haven’t had a lot of experience with kratom in the past and not nearly as pleasant or as enjoyable as brewing up a cup of kratom tea.
Of course, there are a bunch of different ways that you can go about brewing kratom tea, too. Below we break down three different ways that you can prepare this beverage, giving you every opportunity to try kratom tea in a way that works best for you.
Best of all, you’ll have every opportunity to make kratom tea as mild or as strong as you want and can have a cup of kratom ready to go in just a few minutes (or can make batches of kratom at a time so that you have iced kratom tea available whenever you like, too).
Let’s dive right in!
Important preparation details
There is one thing that you are going to want to keep in mind before you start to make kratom tea, however, and it’s going to have a huge impact on the finished product.
Because the biochemicals in kratom are so delicate you want to make sure that you aren’t exposing the natural herb for the dried kratom leaves to boiling water for any longer than absolutely necessary.
Far too many people try and boil kratom directly for a couple of minutes at a time to squeeze out as much potency as possible, never realizing that they are actually destroying all of the biochemicals that they were hoping to ingest because of this high heat exposure.
What you want to do instead is boil your water for your tea and then allow it to come down a little bit in temperature, only adding kratom a couple of minutes after you have taken the water off of a direct heat source.
If you want to ramp up the potency of the kratom biochemicals it’s not a bad idea to add a squeeze of lemon to the kratom you are making tea out of before you added to the water, either. This acid will pull out these biochemicals and make them more available in your beverage – a great way to add a little bit of extra flavor and a bit of a kick at the same time!
It’s also important to remember that like any other tea you might be brewing the longer you allow your kratom to steep the more potent it’s going to be and the stronger the flavor is going to get.
The longer you leave kratom to steep, however, the more bitter the taste is going to get – so that something that you’ll want to consider before you let your tea go for longer than four or five minutes. There are definitely people that enjoy the bitterness of kratom tea that has been steeped for up to 10 minutes at a time but it’s probably not something that beginners are going to be head over heels in love with right out of the gate.
At the end of the day, no matter how you choose to brew kratom tea do your level best to keep your kratom servings limited to just 1 g or 2 g per cup. This guarantees that you get all the benefits of kratom without any of the negative side effects.
Big Batch Brewing
This is probably the easiest way to brew up a big old bowl of kratom tea, perfect for individuals that want to brew kratom tea that they can refrigerate and repeat as necessary throughout the week or those that want to make a lot of kratom tea to share with their friends.
You’ll need to get your hands on a medium-sized sauce/soup pot that can accommodate up to a liter of water at a time, a mesh strainer, a bit of cheesecloth, and obviously kratom leaves or kratom powder.
Start things off by boiling up the water that you have (using cold water to avoid any impurities your hot water heater might bring to the table), reducing heat to a gentle simmer, and then adding all of the kratoms that you have available directly to the pot itself.
Let everything sit and steep for up to 10 minutes (or as long as 20 minutes, if you like your kratom tea a little bitter) before you begin the straining process. Use the metal strainer or the cheesecloth to pull out all of the leaves or powder residue left behind, making sure that everything that is strained into your container is as free of this debris as possible.
A lot of people like to add a little bit of honey, a little bit of maple syrup, or a little bit of sugar to their kratom tea at this point to cut down on the bitterness and to make it a little more palatable. That’s totally up to you, though!
If you only want to make a cup of kratom tea (or a small part of kratom tea) you can always brew it up the same way that you would make your favorite black or green tea.
You’ll obviously need a stovetop teapot for this approach, filling it up with water just the same way that you would fill it when you are making a normal batch of tea. Place the teapot on high heat, bring it up to a boil (listening for that teapot whistle) and then pulling it off the heat when you are ready to go.
Allow the teapot to cool down for a couple of minutes before you add your kratom directly to the tea chamber, making sure that the strainer mechanism is in place. From there simply pour the hot water over the kratom and into your glass or your cup and enjoy with a bit of sugar, a bit of honey, or a bit of maple syrup!
Some folks even like to add a splash of lemon (as we highlighted above) just to pull out a little more of the potency that kratom brings to the table while adding a sweet and sour kick, too.
Kratom Sun Tea
This method takes inspiration from the traditional southern sun tea approach, using the exact same methodology that allows the heat and energy from the sun to handle the heavy lifting of brewing your tea for you.
What you want to do here is mix up your kratom leaves or your kratom powder with cold water, pouring it all into a glass jar or container (class is important) that ideally has a screw-on lid that you can tightly affix, too.
Stick the entire container out in the summer sun in a location that it’s going to get plenty of light and allow to sit for a couple of hours (up to five hours), slowly brewing and infusing the water with all of the biochemicals that the kratom leaves or powder have.
This particular approach is one of the gentlest ways to make kratom tea and also cuts down significantly on the bitterness that a lot of people get when they make this tea for the first time.
Throw in a couple of slices of wrong lemon while you are brewing this kratom tea in the summer sun and you’ll infuse it with a delicious citrus flavor, ramping up the potency of smaller dosages of kratom and making it generally quite a bit more palatable (especially useful for folks that haven’t had kratom in the past and aren’t sure of what to expect).
At the end of the day, as you can see, it’s a lot easier to figure out how to make kratom tea than you might have expected it to be.
There isn’t a lot of fuss that has to go into making this wonderful little treat and there are definitely ways that you can change the flavor to better suit your palate, especially if you’re looking for something to cut through the bitterness that a lot of people associate with kratom to begin with.
Each of the options above works wonders depending on the amount of time that you have available on hand and how much kratom you are hoping to make all at once.
It’s not a bad idea to try each of the three options we broke down in this quick guide to see which one you enjoy most, though the odds are pretty good that no matter how you brew up a batch of kratom tea you are going to appreciate everything it has to offer!