Lan Gui Ren (Ceremonial Grade) Oolong Tea
Hand-Rolled with American Ginseng and Licorice Root
Our Lan Gui Ren is an exquisite, ceremonial grade loose leaf tea, sourced directly from the growers in the Yunnan Province.
Here, first flush oolong tea leaves are hand-picked twice a year in the historic tea producing Yunnan Province. The leaves are lightly oxidized (containing slightly more caffeine than green tea but less caffeine than black tea), and then are hand rolled with American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Licorice Root.
- Oolong tea: Provides clean, steady, and focused energy. Oolong tea is cooling in nature, resolves dampness, and builds Yin;
- American Ginseng: Tonifies Qi and Yin, overtime may improve endocrine function, immune function, and increased energy;
- Licorice Root: Tonifies Qi, counteracts heat, removes toxins, and promotes blood and Qi circulation.* Licorice is thought to synergize and to deliver the medicinal benefits of herbs to the Twelve Rivers (the twelve energy meridians) of the body.*
The name Lan Gui Ren translates to Lady Orchard, and the name refers only to this particular type of tea. Different grades of this tea have different flavor profiles, and many are bitter and medicinal tasting. Our Lan Gui Ren has a taste that is lightly sweet and vegetal with almost zero bitterness. While the combination of Oolong, American Ginseng, and Licorice may sound medicinal, this is a delicious sipping tea, one that impresses and is meant to be enjoyed.
Together the combination of Oolong, American Ginseng, and Licorice Root cements the deeply tonic, adaptogenic nature of this tea.
Each Pouch Contains:
- Ceremonial Grade Lan Gui Ren Oolong Tea (4 grams);
- Each serving contains:
- Oolong Tea (Camellia sinensis) (3760 milligrams);
- American Ginseng (Panax Quinquefolius) (160 milligrams);
- Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) (80 milligrams);
- 17.5 servings per pouch.
- A healthy alternative to coffee, providing steady, clean, focused energy while cooling heat from the body;
- Delicious taste, slightly vegetal with hints of strawberry blossoms. Sweet, not bitter;
- Tea may be steeped multiple (5 - 6) times;
- First flush, ceremonial grade oolong tea produced for the domestic Chinese tea market (a much higher grade than tea produced for export);
- Sourced directly in the historic tea producing Yunnan Province;
- Packaged and additional quality control done in our FDA cGMP certified organic facility right here in the US.*
While we do not want to distract away from the great taste of this tea is by emphasizing its medicinal properties, Lan Gui Ren can be found in the following product guides:
What You'll Find Inside
Each package contains 2.47 ounces (70 grams) of loose leaf Lan Gui Ren tea. The outer, opaque packaging protects the the inner ingredients from UV degradation and are resealable to help preserve freshness and to make the product easier to use.
When possible, we choose to package our products in pouches over jars or bottles, because pouches use just a mere fraction of the materials needed for production versus the other options. Pouches are also much lighter in weight, further reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. All RAW Forest Foods packaging is done domestically, in our certified organic, FDA cGMP facility. This is part of the RAW Forest Foods difference.
Tea Over Coffee
A Caffeinated Beverage For Human Beings, Not Human Doings
Coffee offers unfocused and unsustainable stimulation. While we may reach for it in the mornings, we know that our actions are in vain, and that this once illustrious beverage now only leaves us feeling propped up—an almost-there version of our fully awake, fully present self.
While in the West coffee is heralded as nothing short of a holy grail (full of antioxidants and promises of health benefits), in Chinese Medicine coffee is only seen as depleting. It is hot and damp in nature, which leads to and/or exacerbates pathology.
Within this view, coffee offers us stimulation by tapping into and mobilizing our deep reserves of Qi and Jing. This borrows vitality from our future selves for a quick buzz today. Reliance on coffee is akin to living off of credit cards—someday the bills will come in.
Oolong tea, quite literally, comes as a remedy to this. Oolong tea is cooling in nature and it drains dampness. It builds Yin, which helps to tonify Qi and Jing. Tea wakes us up when we need waking up, and it helps us relax when we need relaxing. Tea is the tonic that restores the vitality that coffee has mortgaged against. The additions of American Ginseng and Licorice Root in our Lan Gui Ren only adds to the restorative effects of tea.
The Importance of Yin Tonics
In the West there is a tendency to be drawn towards Yang tonics, as they seem to embody the same energetics as those that are so valued in our society. But a reliance on Yang tonics (and an emphasis on those values embodied within them) ultimately leads to collapse—in our personal health, relationships, but also in the economy, government, and climate.
Without Yin, Yang tonics stoke a fire that has no fuel. Not only is the "energy" not there, but the reliance on Yang tonics in the face of Yin deficiency further drives pathology. We may receive a flash of energy, but the fire quickly burns out. You cannot heat your home by throwing kerosene on a fire that has no wood. The futile reliance on Yang tonics is concisely summarized in the following passage by Michael Tierra in his book "The Way of Chinese Herbs" (2009):
We experience yin deficiency in many ways.When we think or work beyond our capacity, we experience burnout, which is the West's way of understanding the Chinese concept of yin deficiency. For Western athletes who seem always in quest of more yang, the concept of yin deficiency seems strange, yet it is not uncommon for them to experience total collapse, exhaustion, and burnout, from which no amount of yang or qi tonics, such as panax ginseng or Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus), can rescue them. In fact, any type of further stimulation, whether from physical or emotional exertion or food and herbs, will further contribute to their exhaustive yin deficiency.
Produced in the Fujian Province for the Domestic Market
At RAW Forest Foods, we source the materials of our products directly from the producers, which ensures much higher grade ingredients than those purchased internationally or those purchased for export. Directly sourcing our Lan Gui Ren is no exception to this. This tea is markedly fresher and sweeter than similar teas that can be found either here in the US or for export to the US.
Using Lan Gui Ren
With 4 grams (1 heaping teaspoon) of tea, steep with 10-12 ounces of hot water (170F to 180F) for 3 - 5 minutes. This tea can be steeped between 5 and 6 times.
As a dietary supplement, adults use 4 grams (1 heaping teaspoon) daily. As with all dietary supplements, please consult a qualified health care practitioner prior to use.
No fillers. No drying agents. Never irradiated. This product is GMO free and is vegan/vegetarian.
The extracts in this formula are ready to use, and need only to be combined with warm water for use as a tea. At RAW Forest Foods, we like to take all our powdered extracts by simply adding the powder to a few ounces of warm water, giving them a quick stir to throughly dissolve the powder, and to drink in one or two large sips. Learn more about using all our products here.
Store this product, and all RAW Forest Foods products, in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight and moisture. Try and use in a timely manner after opening the package.
For those customers who prefer to rotate their pro-androgenic and tonic herbs, we suggest a schedule of five days on and two days off, or four weeks on and one week off.
Before starting any new medicinal herbs or nutritional supplements (from our company or otherwise), customers should consult with their qualified health care practitioner. This not because we question the safety of our products, but because we believe in the strength of our products and that plants have a medicinal, therapeutic potential.
This product is not for use by those under the age of 18, who are pregnant or nursing, or who are allergic or adverse to any of the ingredients contained within.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please view our full Terms and Conditions.
Our Pledge To You
At RAW Forest Foods, we pride ourselves on offering our customers only the highest quality ingredients and products, professionally—yet artfully—crafted for you. We worked hard to source this tea directly from the growers and processors, and the flavor and quality of our Lan Gui Ren is the best that we have found.
My acupuncturist recommended this product as an alternative to coffee. As a life time coffee drinker I was skeptical about tea, but this stuff is really good. The taste is better than I expected and it has a good energy lift to it. My acupuncturist has noticed a difference since I gave up coffee.