Just the beverage’s name alone can invoke controversy. It’s common knowledge that poppy seeds are a main source of opium. Will consuming poppy seed tea cause addiction? The answer is yes and no.
Drinking poppy seed tea more than the allowable dose can be habit-forming. It also depends on how strong you blend your tea. Always bear in mind that the seeds have active, powerful ingredients. They may cause addiction when taken too regularly.
But drinking the tea won’t lead to addiction if taken in recommended doses and on a limited frequency. The maximum recommendation is 1-2 times in a week.
Drinking the tea has its own benefits. It can relieve pain, prevent gastric disorders, lower blood pressure, and improve mood. Brew the tea with best tea kettle and enjoy the drink!
All About Poppy Seeds
You can easily purchase poppy seeds as they are readily available. You’ll find them in the spice section of your local grocery store. You can find them packed in tin cans or jars. Use poppy seeds to flavor foods and drinks.
People have been using them for thousands of years, especially in the Middle East and Asia. Remember, though, that they contain opium alkaloids like papaverine, morphine, and codeine. In minuscule quantities, they can give positive effects to the human body. Poppy seeds with their stalks, stems or pods are the most potent.
The Best Way To Make Poppy Seed Tea
Poppy seed tea can be any other tea but infused with the special ingredient. These are seeds from Papaver Somniferum, the opium poppy plant. To extract the opiate alkaloids, agitate a mixture using water and the poppy seeds.
For beginners, making poppy seed tea usually takes about thirty minutes. You’ll feel the effects of the tea about half an hour to an hour after consumption. Here’s a simple recipe for making poppy seed tea the right way.
- Bottle with a lid and a big jar
- Saucepan, funnel, juicer, knife, spoon for stirring
- Tea towel or cheesecloth
- Any kind of fruit juice (grapefruit or pineapple works best)
- Juice of 3-4 lemons
- About 300 grams of poppy seeds
- About 400 ml of warm water (filtered or distilled)
- Blackberry vinegar (adds flavor but is optional)
Steps To Follow
Prepare All Your Ingredients
- When you have all the ingredients, you can start to make your poppy seed tea. Make sure you have all the ingredients ready in your kitchen first.
- Take a medium-sized saucepan and heat the water until warm. Hot or scalding water will rapidly damage the alkaloids.
Shake And Soak The Mixture
- Take the funnel and plastic bottle then cautiously pour the seeds right into the bottle. Do it cautiously because cleaning up spilled poppy seeds is a difficult chore.
- Now carefully pour the warmed water into the bottle.
- Tightly secure the bottle’s lid. When that’s done, vigorously shake the bottle for about 3-5 minutes.
- Allow your mixture sit for 15-20 minutes. Then repeat all the steps for about one more hour.
- To make a stronger tea, repeat the process for more than the recommended hour.
Drain The Tea
The appearance of the seeds at this time should be of a lumpy consistency. You now will have to separate the liquid. You’ll have to take away the seeds and any other particles thereof. You can do this step in either of two ways:
- First, you will loosen the cap just slightly. Make sure not to loosen the cap too much or all the contents might leak into your jar.
- Turn your bottle upside down then carefully place it right over the jar’s opening. Let the bottle lean against something if it doesn’t balance well.
- The liquid should be trickling out from the loose cap. Adjust the outflow if the there isn’t much liquid seeping out of the bottle cap.
- For the second method, remove the bottle’s lid and place a cheesecloth or a clean towel on the bottle’s opening.
- Keep the cloth in place using a rubber band. Turn the bottle upside down, like in the first method and place over the jar’s opening.
- Now watch the liquid seep through the cheesecloth or towel. This may take a while. To hasten things up, you may occasionally squeeze the bottle.
Add Lemon Juice
- When you’ve drained the liquid from the plastic bottle, take it out of the jar’s opening. To maximize your liquid collection, pour the poppy seeds into a cloth that’s clean and squeeze as much of the liquid as you possibly can.
- What you collect is your basic poppy seed tea. Visually, it will appear slurry. Add the lemon juice to the tea to conceal its flavor.
- Extracting lemon juice is common practice. Slice the lemons, place on a juicer then squeeze. Use a stirring spoon to blend the tea well.
- Now pour into a cup and enjoy your tea.
It usually takes about half an hour to feel the effects of the tea. If taken to ease pain and nothing happens, you may have another cup. A cup is usually enough for you to enjoy and feel the wonderful results, without getting high, of course.
Some Things To Remember
If you’re planning to store poppy seeds, place them in airtight containers. Also, be sure to keep them in a dry and cool place with good ventilation.
Also, keep the seeds far from sunlight. Be sure that the seeds are completely dried up with no moisture. Otherwise, the seeds will have mold growths which will ruin their quality. With proper conditions, the seeds can stay fresh for up to six months.
Poppy seeds do have many health benefits but only if you use them as recommended. Possible death can happen if consumed in high quantities. When making the tea, beginners should start with just 300 grams of the seeds. Ingesting much, much more, like 3 pounds or more, could lead to an overdose. Symptoms of an overdose can include stomach cramps, nausea, and breathing problems. If you feel these, go see your doctor.