Bancha or Kukicha Twig tea is made of the stems and twigs of the same plant that produces green tea. Bancha is alkalizing, good for digestion, and balancing out acidity. If you do not have umeboshi plums, it is still beneficial and refreshing to just drink the bancha tea.
Umeboshi plums are a salt-pickled plum that has both a sour and salty flavor. The red color of the plums comes from being pickled with shiso leaves. It aids in digestion, strengthens blood quality, and is highly alkalizing. Umeboshi plums have the ability to neutralize the harmful effects caused by animal foods, dairy foods, sugar and artificial sweeteners. We mainly use umeboshi as a condiment, eaten with grains to help make them more digestible. Additionally, umeboshi plums can be added to bancha twig tea to be used as a simple type of “Home Remedy” helpful for everything from indigestion, headaches, menstrual cramps, general fatigue and the all too common hangover from over indulgence. This simple and ultra powerful remedy also has the ability to counterbalance some of the harmful side effects from chemicals and medical treatments.