How to Make Sambong Tea

I got a cold and cough during the last typhoon Basyang. Mother told me that sambong is a natural cough remedy. She also reminded me not to abused my body with lots of chemically prepared drugs.

Since I do not have the ready made sambong tea like what my friend Ida gave me. I went to nearby river bank to find some sambong leaves. But I went home empty handed. Then I went to my neighbors hoping to find one.



Finally, I got some sambong leaves. I prefer young and undamaged leaves but those are already gotten by the plant owner. At least, I got some to cure my illness. Few brown spots would have no effects somehow.

I washed it with running water and brought it to low boiling for ten minutes. I never boiled it too much cause it might destroy the natural curing substances. You may want to measure the leaves and water for the purpose of standardization. More leaves means greater curing effect but it might render your tea undrinkable.


Do it yourself sambong tea has a grassy flavor and nothing else. Adding sugar will make it more delectable.

I feel better every time I sat on my table with a cup of sambong tea and I can watch my favorite Bleach Anime quietly beside my sleeping baby.


Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

0 Replies to “How to Make Sambong Tea”

  1. If it is about the cough remedy then its okay.I only like to have my favourite coffee.Well! we generally don’t want to have any tasteless or bad taste drink.

    1. @LtCol Magueflor: I usually boil 5 leaves per liter.. government should conduct study about this so we can have a standard preparations.

  2. sambong tops: from the top up to the soft part of the stem ends. cut it from there, remove the leaves leaving behind the soft stem, carefully remove the skin of the stem, strip the skin from the base going up to the tip. eat it raw. it has a nice taste and aroma. cooking destroys the medicinal properties. it is best when eaten raw. eat right after picking. it is what I am always doing when I have severe cough. I usually eat 3 times a day. 3 stems per eating time.

  3. i have been using herbal before ,it can cure different kinds of ilness….All herbal leaves. Thank You to Food kindly keep sending us some helpul herbal leaves .

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