Ashitaba originated on the Island of Hachijo, Japan, but is now widely cultivcated anywhere in the world since its health properties was discovered. Its scientific name is Angelica Keiskei and its English name is Tomorrow’s Leaf.
Tomorrow’s Leaf is a green, celery-like plant that is related to the Angelica genus family. It grows at an average height of 50 -120 cm and can survive through modest conditions with temperatures ranging 12-22 degrees. Ashitaba also has a regenerative capabilities, which it exhibits when its stems are damaged. Harvesting a leaf from this Japanese plant’s nomenclature stems can result in a new sprout growing the next day.
This plant is traditionally seen as a major cause of healthier lives in the local residents of Hachijo. Due to this perception, the plant has been dubbed as a “longevity herb”, which was also backed up by various scientific studies which suggests that ashitaba’s diverse biological activities can affect the human body positively. Some of the known ashitaba health benefits includes stimulation of nerve growth factor (NGF), boosts immune system, diuretic, enhance stomach and intestine functions, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
Black Tea Leaves
Put 1 tea bag of Ashitaba tea in hot water, steep for 1-2 minutes and serve hot. Take 1-2 teabags per day.