Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bamboo Tea! Yet another way to get your silica fix.

A couple weekends ago, hubby and I were enjoying a leisurely walk downtown. Just as we were completing our rounds, we noticed that several vendor's were setting up a local farmer's market. My interest was immediately peaked as to what possible gem I could find among these local retailers.

We strolled between booths showcasing hand crafted jewelry, home made aprons, specialty pet goodies, etc. Then I saw it, the bamboo booth. It was this humble little stand where a woman and her daughter were offering bamboo plants for sale. We've been looking for bamboo plants forever so we immediately made a beeline to see what the cost of the plants were. The three of us engaged in conversation about how to care for bamboo plants, the cost, and so forth. Then as my husband and the vendor start chatting, her daughter (who was probably 5 years old), comes to me and says this, "my mom drinks a lot of bamboo tea and it made her hair grow." All of the sudden I was brought back to my silica post. You may remember me stating that bamboo is one of the richest sources of silica occurring naturally. In fact, bamboo is a much more potent source of silica than horsetail.

Before the little girl said anything I to me, was only focused on the the plants. I didn't even pay attention to the tea they had available for sale. How did the little girl know that I was a certified hair lush? How did she know.....

Either way, I'm glad she said that cause my very next move was to buy a bag of tea leaves. She even had some tea fresh brewed tea available for consumption. We bought two cups of tea, a bag of leaves and we were on our way.

Bamboo tea is surprisingly light and easy to drink. It's made from the leaves of various bamboo plants. Served chilled, it's a great "summer" tea because of it's light taste. I normally don't sweeten my tea so at times I've had to endure bitterness associated with other teas I've tried. Bamboo tea, to me, has absolutely no bitterness whatsoever. Because of this, I know I'll be consuming tons of this in the days to come.



Because it's a loose tea, I have to employ my little handy dandy loose leaf tea pot. The process is pretty simple, I add the loose leaves to the pot, pour in the hot water and let rest take care of itself. I can usually steep the leaves several times, meaning once I've finished drinking what's in the pot, I just refill with hot water and start the process over.

Along with the rich supply of silica, bamboo tea leaf also contains dietary fiber. It's caffeine free unlike some of the other teas on the market. Plus add the fact that bamboo is a source of antioxidants. All in all, I would say this is a beverage of choice for anyone who is looking to support their skin and hair health. By the way, I just want to say that I've only suffered 2 breakouts since I've taking silica. In the past, I was always battling acne. Now, it's a rare occurrence, it once was the norm for me.


If you aren't into the whole "tea" thing, you can still opt to get your dose of bamboo silica in pill form. To be honest with you, bamboo tea leaves aren't as readily available for purchase as green or other more common leaves. You might be able to find bamboo shoots in a can in the ethnic food section of our local grocer. Either way, I think bamboo is a cost effective way to add silica into your regimen.

Would you guys be interested in a bamboo tea giveaway? Leave a comment below or post in the discussion section of the blog.

  1. Yes, an excellent idea for a giveaway...

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  2. Yes, and I have just the teapot for it.. lol

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  3. Thanks for the information. Yes, I definitely would be interested in the giveaway. :)

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  4. Yes, that would be a GREAT idea. I do, to, have a pot sitting on my counter that I need to be using.

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  5. My local health store will be checking if they can get me some bamboo tea:) I hope so, I love the sound of no bitterness and no caffeine it will be a nightly treat if I can get it.

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  6. Nevaeh, Lady D, Nix08, mslazelle, please send me an email to n_vizion@hotmail.com!

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  7. Great post. Bamboo seems to be everywhere lately. After reading this post the next day at Sephora I received a sample of Aleterna's bamboo oil, have you tried it?

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  8. I haven't seen bamboo oil yet. Is it a blend or pure bamboo oil?

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  9. You found my friend Shanti's booth! I LOVE her bamboo leaf tea, and she has it available for sale online at bambooleaftea.net or bambootea.net, as well as her Etsy shop. Shanti is legit - and her tea is grown with love and without chemicals.

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  10. So how many bags per day should one use?

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  11. @ Anon- I use 1 bag and resteep the bag as necessary. You can get several uses from one tea bag.

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  12. 1 use 1 bag for 3 days. I usually only drink 1 cup so I get 3 cups from 1 tea bag. Is that too safe or just cheap? lol

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  13. I'm blown away! I know I'm late but blown away nonetheless! Ty Ty Ty! Was redirected here by Hairlista. I've recently incorporated blk tea in my daily spritz, but I'm going to merge bamboo tea into my diet!!!!!! Hugs & kisses muah!

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  14. Awesome, Awesome, read! Found you through Relaxed Hair Health via Facebook and I'm SO glad I did! My hair is long but I want to see just how long and thick I can grow it. I want to help get my youngest daughter's (17 yrs old) hair back on track as well. OMG! I'm SO excited! I'm going to try this regiment! Thank you!

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  15. Which is better drinking the tea or the capsules

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  16. @Lilg2ya- The capsules are dried/ground bamboo leaf. While it's still good, the plant is very fiberous and tough in nature. The heat from boiling the tea helps release the nutrients from the leaf into the water. Hope that helps.

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  17. Hi Nadege, I ordered a supply of the bamboo tea and love your articles on it! I mentioned it in a video of mine, which I just uploaded. I used your tea image in the video, I hoe that is alright because I used it to provide a link to this article?
    Thank you for this information!

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  18. Hi Milan,
    Thanks for sharing the good news about the tea. I hope you love it! It's ok that you used the image. Send me a link so I can share with others.

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  19. I would love to give the tea a try since I've heard great things about it!

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  20. Since i started drinking Bamboo leaf tea.All my Acne and Breakouts are all gone.It was an awesome experience.I was so amazed that i now have a clear acne free face.My hair and nails too are growing at a faster range..Also its detoxification process is awesome making u look fresh younger.I love Bamboo leaf tea so much.It a tea for a heathier looking skin and vibrant hair.

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  21. Give the tea a trial.U will not regret it rather u will be amazed on ur hair ,nail and skin trnsformation.

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