Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Do your teas contain gluten, cholesterol or caffeine?

No. Mama-Kii™ is gluten, cholesterol and caffeine free.

How should I store Mama-Kii tea? Should I store it in the refrigerator or freezer?
Mama-Kii™ tea should be stored like other dried teas. Store it away from moisture and out of the sunlight in a dry, dark place. We do not recommend the refrigerator or freezer. Tea leaves can absorb the moisture and odors in the air, which could reduce the beneficial characteristics and flavor of Mama-Kii™ tea.

What is the shelf life of Mama-Kii? How long will it store?
Our sophisticated processing, drying, and bagging procedures provide the maximum shelf life for Mama-Kii™. It can easily be stored for one year or longer.

What is the recommended usage?
Mama-Kii™ is beneficial to drink anytime. You make the rules! Some people enjoy a hot cup of tea in the morning to get their day started. Others drink Mama-Kii™ at night to calm and relax their tension away. If you hit the dreaded afternoon slump, try a cup of Mama-Kii™. Some users have experienced a stimulating effect in their thinking while working or studying.  Hawaiians traditionally drank the tea throughout the day and for overall wellness and health.

Are there any side effects?
We have discovered no known harmful side effects, nor are there any negative reports from centuries of Hawaiians consuming mamaki.  We continue to research and do laboratory studies on our premium Mama-Kii™ to ensure it's purity and healthiness.

Is there such a thing as too much Mama-Kii™?
We don’t think so. There is no evidence or reports of any harmful side effects. However, mamaki is known to be a diuretic.  We recommend increasing your water intake if you drink more than 3 cups of Mama-Kii™ tea a day.

How long should I brew the tea?
You decide! The longer you steep the tea, the stronger the flavor and beneficial content. We recommend that each cup of tea be steeped at least 10 minutes for best results, and you can continue to steep your sachet while you drink your tea.  Traditionally Hawaiians brewed mamaki as long as 30-60 minutes. 

How many times can I reuse the teabag?
We process and bag our tea in almost double the quantity of grams per bag of some other teas. This allows for multiple uses of each tea sachet. Many use each sachet up to three times.

Is there an ideal temperature for steeping the tea?
Yes and no. Mamaki will infuse its properties into cold water, but steeping might take a little longer. You are not limited in the methods you choose. However, we recommend you use boiling water poured over a teabag in 8 ounces of water.

Are the leaves edible?
Yes. Hawaiians have used chopped mamaki tea leaves in soups, salads, casseroles and in other favorite dishes.

What are the benefits of drinking Mama-Kii™ tea?
Mamaki was traditionally used for centuries by Hawaiians as an herbal remedy for general debility.  There are diverse uses for mamaki and many claimed health benefits on the internet and in published books.  We honor the FTC and FDA regulations by not publishing or linking to those claims on our website.  We rely on the curiosity and intelligence of our visitors to research mamaki and how it might help them individually.  

For more information please visit our Benefits and Testimonials pages.

How long will it take before I notice a benefit drinking Mama-Kii™?
Mama-Kii has been reputed to positively affect people in such a variety of ways that we really cannot say.  Regardless of your experience, Mama-Kii™ is a soothing, refreshing tea that aids in overall bodily health. Please refer to our Benefits page for examples. 

Is Mama-Kii™ natural?

Mamaki is naturally resistant to almost all known pests, diseases and endemics. The unique Hawaiian growing conditions make our premium Mama-Kii™ extremely pure and nutrient rich.  We do NOT use pesticides and harmful substances in the fertilization and growing of any of our Mama-Kii™.  As a result, we believe our orchard has all the characteristics that it would as a certified organic plantation.

Mama-Kii™ is 100% natural and grown in rich, volcanic soil with some of the purest water in the world.  You can be certain that we have the highest standards for our Mama-Kii™, as we ourselves drink it every day! For more detailed information please view our Growing conditions.

How is your Mama-Kii™ different from others I see being sold online?
Not all mamaki is created equal.

Some varieties differ depending on their growing conditions. Other providers cannot guarantee the same rich micronutrient volcanic soil, abundant water sources, and the elevation of Wood Valley Plantation. These three are all needed for the finest quality mamaki herb.

Additionally, Wood Valley Plantation is the only certified mamaki plantation by the State of Hawaii. Our certification and procedures assure that we provide the highest quality of mamaki available. Can other providers say the same thing? 

Our breed is the proprietary Mama-Kii™ from Wood Valley Plantation.

How is the Mama-Kii™ tea processed?
Our unique Mama-Kii™ is cultivated to its peak growing cycle by our expert team. Experienced local Hawaiians handpick the tender leaves from the branches. This assures that you receive only the highest quality Mama-Kii™ leaves in your sachet. 

Immediately after picking, the mamaki leaves are bathed in the Hawaiian sun to remove moisture. This process is important in promoting the breakdown of leaf proteins into free amino acids. These acids are beneficial for your body during times of physical activity, stress and recovery.

To maintain the highest level of antioxidant content, we limit the amount of oxidation that occurs by drying the tea soon after picking. The Mama-Kii™ leaves will eventually lose more than 70 percent of their water weight during the final drying process, but maintain the minerals and antioxidants found in Mama-Kii™. Our drying process is designed to preserve the integrity and nutritional value of the tea.

Is mamaki grown anywhere else in the world?
Mamaki is a Hawaiian plant, native to the small group of Hawaiian Islands. The Big Island of Hawaii is particularly known for the best quality mamaki, especially that grown on the slopes of Mauna Loa, the world's largest volcano.

While some have planted and propagated a few mamaki plants in other regions, they are usually decorative plants. Studies show that the volcanic soil in Hawaii is particularly rich in micronutrients for growing the highest quality herbs. While other regions with volcanoes may grow mamaki, studies show that no soil provides the same rich micronutrient compounds as that of the Mauna Loa Volcano in Hawaii.

Wood Valley Plantation is located in this prime growing region on the southeastern side of the Mauna Loa Volcano.