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◆ How to drink herbal tea

Q. Please tell me how to drink herbal tea deliciously.
A. Please refer to the following.

1) Warm water in a teapot and teacup.
2) Discard the hot water from the teapot and add 1-2 teaspoons of the herb.
3) Pour 200 ml of boiling water into the teapot.
4) Steep for 3-5 minutes. Be sure to cover the pot. Please note that leaving the pot for a longer period of time will cause the tea to taste bitter.
(5) When the time is up, discard the hot water from the teacup and pour in the herbal tea. If the pot is not equipped with a tea strainer, pour the tea while straining it through the strainer.
6) Add honey or other flavor to taste.
If you want to drink it iced, brew it thickly with half the amount of hot water and pour it into a glass with plenty of ice.
The degree of extraction varies depending on the type of herb. The amount of herbs used may vary depending on the type of herb.

Q. How many times a day is it effective to drink herbal tea?
A. Herbal tea is not a medicine, so there is no set number of times you should drink it in a day. We recommend taking it two to three times a day after meals, tea time, bathing, or before bedtime.

◆ Concomitant use with medication

Q.I am taking medication. Is it okay to drink herbal tea?
A. Depending on the type of medicine, you may need to be careful when using herbs. If you are under treatment or taking medication, please consult your family doctor or pharmacist in advance.

About drinking during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Q.Is it safe to drink herbal tea while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A. We do not recommend drinking herbal tea during pregnancy or breastfeeding because safety is our top priority. In general, there are some herbs that can be consumed during pregnancy and breastfeeding. There are also herbal teas that are said to improve breast milk production, but there is no reliable data such as medical evidence or research reports regarding the relationship between breast milk and herbal teas. Considering these points, even if it can be used normally without any problems, please be careful and give top priority to safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

◆ Notes on drinking herbal tea

Q.Are there any cases where herbal tea should not be drunk?
A. If you have an allergy to a specific herb, please do not drink it. For details, please refer to each product page. In addition, depending on the type of disease and medicine, caution may be required when using herbs. If you are undergoing medical treatment, taking medication, or have concerns about your health, please consult your family doctor or pharmacist in advance. In the unlikely event that symptoms of concern appear after drinking, stop using immediately and consult a doctor.

About herbal tea additives

Q.Are there any additives in herbal tea?
A. Our herbal teas do not contain any additives such as flavors, colorings, or sweeteners. Therefore, you can enjoy the original taste and aroma of herbs.

◆ How to store herbs and medicinal ingredients

Q. Please tell me how to store herbs and medicinal ingredients.
A. Store the unopened package out of direct sunlight.
After opening, store in an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place away from heat and humidity.
After opening, the flavor of the ingredients will gradually fade.
We recommend that you use it as soon as possible.

◆ About potpourri insects

Q.I heard that herbs and medicinal ingredients sometimes attract small insects. Are there quality issues?
A. Small insects called "potpourri insects" may appear in herbs and medicinal ingredients, which are natural products, especially in the summer (June to October). This is a kind of beetle, and it is a small reddish brown insect about 1 to 3 mm in size that sticks to cereals and dried foods that are not heat-treated (eg rice, wheat, herbs, health tea). Also known as "mint bug". It is not an insect that occurs because the environment is unsanitary. It is said that even if you accidentally put it in your mouth, it will not have any adverse effects on the human body. As a countermeasure, after opening, it is recommended to put it in a sealed container and store it in a cool and dark place (refrigerator). Especially in the summer, it is a bug that is easy to grow, so please avoid places with high temperature and humidity that are exposed to direct sunlight.

◆ Regarding the quality and safety of raw materials

Q.Are the herbs you use safe?
We use herbs from a specialized trading company that purchases high-quality raw materials from Europe's largest herb maker and excellent suppliers around the world.

A.Is the medicinal ingredients you use safe?
Q. We use raw materials procured from Kampo medicine manufacturers that strictly control the quality of agricultural crops such as crude medicine for Kampo or herbs.

Please also see here for quality control and safety control of raw materials.