Schizandra Tea [How to Drink It & How To Benefit]

Schizandra berry tea comes under many names and is incredibly popular in Asia. In China, this is called Wu Wei Zi while in Korea, the term used is Omija. Japanese call this Gomishi while more westernized terms dub it as Youth Berry or Magnolia Vine. Essentially, the names can be translated to ‘Five Flavor Fruit’ or ‘Five Flavor Berry’ because it contains all the five basic flavors.

Appearance

A hardy type of plant, the schizandra berry is the one considered valuable and used for a wide array of commercial procedures. The fruits themselves are small and bright red when ripe. Thanks to the popularity of schizandra, there are currently different hybrids of the plant, the most valuable one being the ‘Eastern Prince’ which is self pollinating. Growing one usually requires the same environmental factors as growing grapes.

Drinking Schizandra Tea

The schizandra berry tea is currently available as dried berries and sold through different channels. You can also try buying fresh berries and simply grind them to make tea. The beauty of buying fresh and dried berries is that you’ll be getting the full nutritional value of the fruit. For the sake of convenience however, you can also try purchasing the powdered format and use this for your tea preparation.

Note that when preparing from fresh or dried berries, it’s best to do so with the ‘herbal’ thought in mind. This means that you can subject it to the same process as you would a regular type of tea. Instead, a decoction must be performed to make sure you’re getting the full effects of the product.

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Chop and ground the berries into small bits. Smaller particles means that the vitamins and minerals inside will be strained out faster
  2. Soak the ground berries in water overnight. This is a preparatory process since berries contain tannins that you want removed from the tea making process
  3. In the morning, drain the water and use another clean batch as the base of the schizandra tea
  4. Use a ceramic or glass pot for the process. Place water inside together with the grounded pieces of the berry
  5. Boil the berries in slow heat to ensure that every bit of mineral is extracted. Ideally, the heating process should be no less than 20 minutes. Experts agree that the longer the brewing time, the better the results
  6. When finished, remove the pot and strain the liquid: you have your schizandra tea ready for drinking!
  7. If you brewed it within just 30 minutes, chances are there is still some stuff left over. Just store the berries and reuse them again, perhaps adding a few more ground material to get the most out of the batch!


100 Days Challenge

Traditional Chinese Medicine states that by drinking schizandra tea daily for 100 straight days, you’ll be feeling the full benefits of the fruit including: liver cleansing, kidney rejuvenation, increased sex drive, healthy bones, better stamina, improved energy, improved mental focus, and more.

If you’re thinking of taking up the challenge, consider this: 1 gallon would yield 1 quart of the tea for four days. Calculate how long you want your tea supply to last before making a new batch.

Schizandra is a dynamic adaptogenic berry one of the powerhouses of supplements. Highly revered in traditional Chinese medicine where it is known as Wu Wei Zi or ‘Five flavor berry’.

Health Benefits of Schizandra

SchizandraLiver Cleansing

Schisandra tea is traditionally employed in the treatment of many liver diseases. It protects the liver from harmful toxins like radiation and blood toxicity. This herb is used to treat hepatitis and performs liver cleansing action by protecting it from unwanted toxins.

Skin Health

One of Schizandra’s unique anti-aging and antioxidant properties is it also protects the skin from harmful free radicals. The result is after a month of use Schizandra gives your skin a boost in beauty, glow, moisture and wellness. Because it specifically targets the skin, it is applied traditionally in the treatment of many skin diseases.

Longevity

Schizandra is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, it enhances cellular functioning and slows down the aging process. In chinese medicine the root of all aging is inflammation.

It also deactivates damaging free radicals as these free radicals promote the aging process by damaging liver cells and other cells throughout the body. As a result, it energizes and extends life by restoring natural vitality.

Menopausal Symptoms

Schizandra is a traditional treatment of cardiovascular problems caused after menopause by increasing blood flow and improving the health of blood vessels. It supports the adrenal glands and prevents menopausal symptoms by balancing hormones in the body.

Increases Brain Activity

Schizandra has been proven in many clinical trials to increase brain function, improve memory and work efficiency. It gives your body boost of energy by stimulating the central nervous system. An excellent non-stimulant replacement for coffee and tea. Schizandra is used to treat brain diseases associated with memory.

Decreases Stress (Anti-anxiety)

Schizandra has a supporting effect on the adrenal glands. It helps combat adrenal stress as a potent stress relieving adaptogen. Schizandra also decreases blood pressure which helps alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression by giving you a feeling of relaxation and well-being.

Sexual Health

It increases overall sexual health and boosts sex drive by promoting balanced hormonal functions.

Immune Booster

Schizandra fights infection by boosting the immune system, increasing white blood cells and platelet production. It also boosts the immune system by relieving stress. Stress has a negative impact on the nervous system and by extension weakens immune response.

Insomnia

Schizandra has relaxation based anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects that reduce stress at night. So it treats insomnia and sleep disturbances by promoting mental clarity and ease.

Cardiovascular System

Schizandra is the best supplement for the people with cardiovascular issues as it naturally lowers cholesterol and maintains healthy blood sugar levels. As well as an effective treatment for asthma, increasing energy and easing coughing.

Increased Stamina

Clinical trials have shown that Schizandra increases physical and mental strength, endurance, power and performances of athletes by reducing fatigue.


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20 thoughts on “Schizandra Tea [How to Drink It & How To Benefit]

  1. Thank you so much for the article. It was very informative. But I have a question: Why do we have to soak them and remove the tannins out of the berries? Can we do the tea without soak them in advance? thank you very much 🙂

    • If you get sun dried schizandra it is a good step to take to remove the tannins and increase the medicinal benefits. You can always opt for a freeze dried option and just make a tea from it straight. Lucidera.com sells a killer organic schizandra that is my personal favorite.

  2. Hi,

    I would like to know if it is fine to simmer 3/4 of teaspoon Schisandra dry powder (I buy from Amazon.co.uk) for about 20′ and then drink it.

    Kind regards

    • Definitely, a good way to do it with a lower quality schizandra. For schizandra because it is a berry keep the temperature very low like you would a green tea.

      • Thank you Nick.

        I am now taking Schisandra Organic Dried Berries, I do not know if sun dried though.

        I would like to know if I may take 1 tbs of Dried Berries Decoction (by the procedure you indicate) together with 1 tbs Hibiscus Tea 10′ Infusion and 1 tbs Chrysanthemum 2′ infusion or you see some likeable contraindications or ill effects.

  3. How medicinal are the seeds compared to the red fruit? Should l powder down the whole berry and what kitchen method is best? Do you know anything about growing this plant? The seeds are impossible fore to germinate.

    • I went to a farm once and they started their plants from clippings because of the challenges with germination. The seeds, skin and fruit all have different properties. I take lucidera schizandra which is a great product a little pricy but the quality is there and it makes it simple for me.

  4. Interesting recipe, I’m trying it now, but wondering, if you “drain the water and use another clean batch as the base of the schizandra tea” won’t you be losing the vitamins? Also, regarding the boiling, would that destruct some of the vitamins too.
    Maybe a pressure cooker might be better?

    Thanks
    Pathma

  5. Dear Nick.
    I did not fully understand what I should do in step 3 of your recipe can i check for understanding with you please?
    “In the morning, drain the water and use another clean batch as the base of the schizandra tea”

    Does this mean, for my first ever batch of tea, that I soak the berries overnight to reduce the tannin’s drain off the soaked water and put the remaining berries into a cooking pot (glass or ceramic) to boil up the berry’s for minimum of 20 minutes. Strain off the liquid and drink as tea. THEN keep these boiled berries, set to one side, but for my next batch of tea brewing – soak a second batch of berries overnight, strain off this first tanning rich water, add these berries to the previous batch and brew up again for my second batch of tea drink?

    I am assuming I keep adding soaked and strained overnight berries to make the tea, but there will come a point in time when the berries have given all they have to and I throw these away and start all over again.

    I would appreciate your clarification, so I can begin my tea drinking. I have just bought these dried berries for the first time.

    Thank you

  6. A good detailed explanation of how to make schizandra tea. Most of the other sites that provide a recipe just call for steeping whole dried berries. I’ve been grinding mine before steeping and have found it to be quite astringent. I did not consider soaking the ground berries overnight to remove the tannins. Thanks

    • I soaked 4 tablespoons of berries with 4 cups of cold water overnight. I than drained them and discarded the juice. I than took the soaked berries and added 4 cups hot water and soaked. I drained them kept that juice and threw out the berries. Now how much of the juice can I use in a tea or put in a smoothie? It appears people only take a few teaspoons of the juice per day is this correct?

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