Zebapique Tea

Zebapique is a popular herb used in Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean, for a number of aliments, most commonly the flu. It is also called “Jackass Bitters” (or by its scientific name “Neurolaena lobata“). Zebapique belongs to the Asteraceae family. In Trinidad the leaves of the Zepapique are used to make a tea, and this tea is very bitter.

The Benefits of  Drinking the Zebapique Tea

In Trinidad we use Zebapique mainly for the flu, cough, or fever. But I have found other uses for the plant. The leaves of the Zebapique contain a potent anti-parasitic agent called sesquiterpene dialdhyde which is effective against intestinal parasites, candida, and fungal infections, etc. It can also be used control diabetes and could heal wounds and infections. The Zebapique is also a good insecticide.

Today, I decided to post this tea, because I have the cold and through experience this tea has proven to be effective against any cold. I have developed a particular tolerance to the bitterness through years of use. As you can see this is a very simple tea to make, but it has the world of benefits.

Dosage wise, I would advise you to take no more than you could tolerate, but make sure you are not taking any other medication just to be on the safe side. If not consult your physician, please.

Here are a few tips on drinking this bitter Zebapique tea:

  1. Drink straight. Don’t add sugar.
  2. Don’t sip, gulp!
  3. Afterward, use a pinch of salt to ease the bitterness.

I hope these tips are useful, and don’t think I drank the whole cup as shown above. I only drank half. The other half I will drink tonight. :-)

The Zebapique Tea Recipe

Zebapique Tea


2 dried zebapique leaves
1 1/2 cup of water

Picture showing the dried leaves
Place the leaves ( 2) in a pot
Bring to a boil and leave to cool.
Well I must say that I am feeling a lot better since I had some Zebapique tea so I may resume posting some more trini recipes. See you all soon.

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3 Responses to Zebapique Tea

  1. Shane Six June 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    For faster relief,you can also soak 4 dried leaves and some rosemary in a half bottle of vermouth.

  2. Marcellus June 3, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    To clear hang-over : draw (pour boiling water on and cover) two green leaves in teacup,
    allow to cool and drink all in one swoop.

    • Felix June 3, 2013 at 1:02 am #

      That’s a new one for me Marcellus. I guess Zebapique is good for many things :)

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