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Coca tea Sacred Herb from The Incas
Coca Tea leaves were sacred to the ancient Incas and remain a cherished part of the lives of millions of Peruvians and South American Indians today.
The coca tea leaf has been chewed and brewed for tea traditionally for centuries among its indigenous peoples in the Andean region. These forms of ingestion do not cause any harm.
Coca tea Leaf in its natural form is a useful stimulant with low abuse potential and a valuable herbal medicine, good for the treatment of many ailments. Coca tea helps for indigestion, gastritis, ulcers, sore in the mouth and other conditions. Beside, it contains many minerals and vitamins, including nutritionally significant amounts of vitamin C and E several B vitamins.
Traditional natural uses of coca tea as a stimulant (like coffee but Healthy) to overcome fatigue, hunger, and thirst. Coca Tea is highly effective against altitude sickness and coca tea also is used as an anesthetic for such ailments as headache, rheumatism, wounds and sores, etc.
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Coca Tea History
In indigenous religions of the Andes the leaves are offered to Pachamama (the Mother earth), Inti (the sun), or Apus (mountains) as a sacrament. Sundry native populations in the Andes use the numerous coca tea benefits while engaged in their daily labors.
The coca leaf has been entrenched in every part of Peruvian culture for as long as people have lived in this region of the world. It is a part of religious and spiritual ceremonies, business transaction and family celebration.
Traces of coca leaves have been found in Peruvian mummies tracing back 3,000 years, and other evidence traces the practice of chewing coca with lime to at least 5,000 years BC, around the same time as people first arrived in the Andes after the retreat of the Ice Age glaciers.
A Quechuan and Aymaran legend tell how Khono, the god of snow and storm, burned the land of all vegetation in a fit of anger. The only plant left was the coca plant. The hungry Quechuan and Aymaran people ate it, and discovered that coca leaves also helped them to endure the cold.
After the Spanish conquest, many traditional uses of the coca leaf where replaced with more utilitarian uses, specifically the plants' seemingly ability to take away fatigue and ease hard labor. This change may have originally been encouraged by Spanish missionaries. Much later, a 1940 decree declared coca a basic article, an everyday necessity, and it was required that coca be available and sold in all Peru's mining and railroad towns.
However, the spiritual significance of the coca leaf remains. Coca Tea or Cocatea leaves are still used to give thanks for blessings or to make offerings to the gods. Farming communities gather together before starting work to share coca, drinks, and cigarettes. The owner of the farm pays special honor to the ancestors and to Mother Earth/PachaMama by burying some of the coca in the ground. Finally, all give thanks for the gift and chew coca Tea leaves together for celebrations of births, death, marriages and others ceremonies.
How to use Cocatea
USE COCA TEA LEAF
Making coca tea by steeping the leaves in water is a traditional part of the indigenous religion and culture of the Andes mountain region which is comprised of the modern states of Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, and Colombia. It is usually consumed with lime, baking soda, or ash of the quinoa plant to help activate the alkaloid.
Medicinally, coca leaves are used to boost energy, take away headaches, fatigue, thirst and is commonly used to prevent the symptoms of altitude sickness. It is common for travelers to be greeted at their hotels with a hot-cup of coca tea.
Coca leaves is by chewing. In Peru, each small bag of coca leaves usually comes with a small solid block known as llipta. This is made up of limestone and quinoa ash, flavored with other herbs, such as anis. The proper way to chew coca leaves is to break off a piece of the llipta and roll it into a few coca leaves, then place it into the back of your mouth until it has been soaked through.
Mate de coca or Coca tea , an herbal tea made with coca leaves by steeping the leaves in water is a very common drink in Peru. The look and taste of mate de coca is similar to green tea, slightly bitter with a hint of sweetness.
Coca tea flour or cocatea powder (by grinding the coca leaves), this is other way to brew tea, using a 1 tea spoon for each cup of boiling water or use a finest mesh or reusable filter tea bag. The coca tea flour or cocatea powder is become really popular by the local in Peru, now you can see different products made with coca tea flour like: bread, ice cream, cake, cookies, muffins and other creative baked goods ideas. Also the coca tea flour or coca tea powder could be added in smoothies, yogurt, juices or oatmeal.