There is a bit of myth and storytelling surrounding Fo-Ti Root. It is celebrated in Chinese medicine as a plant native to China (but also grown in Taiwan and Japan) and believed to be a tonic for all sorts of overall health and longevity uses. In fact, Fo-Ti is also commonly known as He Shou Wu which loosely translates to "Mr. Wu's hair stays black” implying that Fo-Ti root will promote youthfulness. A bit of legend with one's tea can be fun!
Like other roots and barks, it is best prepared as a decoction, steeping the bark for 20 minutes to a half hour to extract the properties of the herb. Since I can't help but try to make everything taste and smell yummy, this version of Fo-Ti Root Tea has the addition of Wild Cherry Bark, as well as Cinnamon and honey for an even more delicious beverage...
Fo-Ti Root Tea
1 teaspoon organic Fo-Ti Root
1 teaspoon organic Wild Cherry Bark
organic, raw honey to taste
Mix organic Fo-Ti Root, Wild Cherry Bark, and Cinnamon together in an infuser, tea bag, or strainer. Pour 1-2 cups boiling water over and let steep for approximately 20 minutes. Strain herbs from liquid and add raw honey to sweeten. Enjoy!