If you ever had zebapique tea you most likely really needed it. 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 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 (Source). 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 very 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:
- Drink straight. Don’t add sugar.
- Don’t sip, gulp!
- 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. 🙂 This is not a tea to be savored. Though this is a wild plant, for it is considered a weed; I suggest you try to grow your own zebapique plant in your garden. The plant grows from a seed. When you seek to cut the leaves, start cutting from the stem rather than pulling out the leaves off the plant. New shots will grow in place and the plant will get fuller as well.
The Zebapique Tea Recipe
2 dried zebapique leaves
1 1/2 cup of water
Begin with the dried leaves from the zebapique plant.
Note: You can make this tea with fresh-cut leaves as well. However, you can air-dry leaves or dry the leaves in a food dehydrator. However, such leaves need to be dried slowly. Space the stems holding the leaves apart to allow for air to circulate. Once dried, store the leaves in air tight bags or containers.
Place the leaves (2) in a pot.
Bring to boil.
And leave to cool.
If you wish to drink a less bitter tea, you may seep the dried leaves in very hot water. Let it stand for half an hour to allow the herb to infuse into the water.
- 2 dried zebapique leaves
- 1 1/2 cup of water
- 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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