Banaba tea has been a traditional health drink in the Philippines since ancient times. Filippinos have long known what westerners have only recently discovered and continue to find out through research: The active ingredient in the Banaba leaf has already been linked to its therapeutic effects on diabetes, and is now being hailed as a potential weight loss wonder drug.

Things You'll Need


Bring 400 milliliters (1 and 1/2 cups or 12 ounces) water to a strong boil. Reduce heat to low and drop in a tea bag.

Keep at or below a simmer for 15 minutes.

Evaporation will leave you with about 250 milliliters (1 cup or 8 ounces) of tea.

Pour fresh brewed tea into a cup and drink while warm.

Save tea bag. You should reuse each tea bag up to four times to achieve effective results.


  • Banaba tea leaves and/or tea bags are available in many southeast Asian countries, such as Malaysia and Philippines, where the tea originated. The recommended daily intake of tea is 1 to 2 cups. You may find on-line websites selling the Banaba extract in capsule form. The active ingredient, corosolic acid, is naturally extracted and is presented in capsule form, as nature intended. In this case, the recommended dosage is 1 to 3 capsules daily, or taken as directed by a certified physician.