There are a few popular methods of using powdered leaf, but the most common are “toss and wash“, mixing with food, and preparation as a tea. The following is a guide to help users discover their favorite way to enjoy kratom:


“Toss and wash” is basically just spooning the powder into your mouth and washing it down with a liquid.
This is the most “difficult” method but likely gives the strongest effects. The powder is incredibly dry and will stick to your mouth and throat, causing many to gag or cough “blow” the dry powder out of their mouth. If using this method of consumption, it is best to spoon small amounts at a time.


 Kratom can also be mixed into a food.

ice cream and coffee prepOur favorites recipes include mixing with apple sauce or ice cream!

Other good suggestions include mixing with chocolate almond milk or chocolate protein powder.

Keep in mind that kratom has a strong flavor and may not mix well in certain foods. Also, you will not reduce the efficacy of kratom if you take it with small amounts of food or any of our recommended recipes.

User Food Recipes (If you have a favorite recipe, feel free to send it to us to post!)

  • Reddit User nicolio8699:
    1/2 c vanilla yogurt (I used light & fit, but Greek would most likely be better because of its thicker consistency)
    1/4 c. lemon juice
    1 TBSP of powdered bali


Kratom tea
Kratom tea

 Lastly, preparation as a tea is convenient and effective. 
It is important to note that only powdered leaf should be used to make tea. Extracts should not be used.

Start by measuring out between 1 teaspoon of powdered leaf. Using an extract is not recommended, as the hot water may break down some of the alkaloids, there’s no added benefit, and it’s more expensive. Boil 2-4 cups of water. The more water you use, the less strong the flavor, but as long as you drink it all the effects will be exactly the same.

Put the kratom powder into a large cup or container with a pour lip, and pour the boiling water on top. Stir until it is thoroughly mixed. Be sure there aren’t any clumps of dry powder. I highly recommend adding sugar, artificial sweeter, or honey (honey works the best to cut the bitterness), and stir. If using artificial sweetener, 2 packets is a good starting amount. Let sit until cool (at least 15 minutes), stirring occasionally.

Once cooled, allow the powder to settle to the bottom. Pour the tea into a drinking cup, and enjoy! At this point you can add more sweetener to taste, or add water or ice cubes to dilute the flavor. As long as you drink all of the liquid, the effects will be the same.

User Tea Recipes (If you have a favorite recipe, feel free to send it to us to post!)


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 spearmint teabag
  • 1 chamomile teabag
  • 2 teaspoons kratom
  • sugar, honey or artificial sweetener to taste
  • 1 teapot (I use something like this)

Double/triple/etc. the quantities to make a bigger batch.


  1. Boil water in a kettle.
  2. Put both teabags and kratom in the teapot and pour boiling water over top.
  3. Let it steep for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Remove teabags.
  5. Put teapot in fridge and let it sit overnight. Kratom will settle to the bottom.
  6. In the morning, slowly pour the tea into a glass. Be sure to stop pouring once you notice the plant matter is about to come out of the spout. There will be a layer of kratom sludge left in the teapot—just dump it down the sink.
  7. Sweeten tea and drink! (I like to use two packets of Sweet’N Low.)



This Post Has 233 Comments

  1. Annette

    I’m trying this for the first time. I get strong panic attacks. I got the powder cuz I felt it would be more effective. My Dr. Took me off clonazepam after 20 years. Cuz they found cocaine in my urine. Any suggestions on dosage and best way to consume it.

    1. Mike "Rummble"

      Hi, Annette
      Don’t know if you ever got the answer you were looking for but when I started taking Kratom I would use a table spoon of the powdered leaf in boiled water like a tea. I bought a tea press so I would get less grit when drinking it. If you need to add milk and sugar like you would with tea in some cases it will help with the taste. It is a very strong earthy taste similar to Green tea. Much stronger though. The effects can take some time to kick in.

    2. heather

      why would you use cocaine or any stimulant really if you get “strong” panic attacks

      1. Drizzy

        Drugs affect people differently especially with underlying mental health concerns for example I have adhd/anxiety and stimulants put me to sleep. If I drink a big coffee I get sleepy before bed.

      2. Malikyte

        Heather, I have anxiety attacks due to PTSD however Coke mellows me out bc I am also a very hyperactive person. Its like street adderall for some of us. But weed can give other panic attacks to some as well. Its all about ones chemistry

        1. Malikyte

          .. may I add that this is why many choose kratom bc it can handle both and leave one not looking for trouble.

    3. Dlocc

      Green maengda is the strain you want.reds just dont have that panic attack reducing effect atleast for me anyways.the green maengda will literally erase my panic attacks even when im having horrible ones were im curled up in a ball hiding under my blankets in the corner of my room cauee i just feel soo trapped and restless.try 4-6 grams.juice mix it with some juice and let it sit so the powder can soak and not be all clumpy and then just down it and wait 30 minutes and you should be good 🙂

    4. Shannon

      I was in kinda the same situation as you. Work found marijuana in a drug test and I was sent to rehab, I had to get off of clonazepam too after close to 25 years. It’s hard!! I usually slowly simmer the powder in water for about 3 hours. I add honey, lemon and mango syrup. Then I use a cheesecloth to strain it into a pitcher. Then pour over ice!

    5. Leslie

      I swallow capsules. It works for me. Should I take tea instead?

  2. Quana davis

    Hello I just purchased some does anybody know the best way to consume for insomnia?

    1. Linda

      I mix mine with a little bit of orange juice

  3. Marissa

    I am on day 7 of quitting 55mg methadone cold turkey… I honestly have never felt so much pain and just wanted to die…well researching how to help with withdrawls is how I heard of kratom…I and feel better but I cant seem to gain any strength back and have the rls I’ve ever had…I have a bone disorder and had 6 knee surgeries to fix where my bone didnt grow right…I have literally tried everything so I am excited to heard how well it works for all of u…what dose would be best to start with?

    1. Dlocc

      Id say try about 5-6 grams of some green maeng da would be your best bet especially for the bone pain.fibro myalgia,R.A and 2 failed knee surgerys for me and been putting a full replacement off for years.just mix the powder with some type of juice n let it sit for about 5 minutes cause that will let the powder soak n be less clumpy then just down it and your good to should feel it at the 30 minute mark if your take it on an empty stomache

  4. Disabled Vet

    I usually put about 10 grams of White Maeng da in the morning or Red Bali in the evening into a coffee maker right in the coffee filter and make it like a cup of Joe though I use lots of honey
    Taste like a nice bitter-sweat tea

  5. Sarah

    I just made my first tea tonight. I added a spoonful of sugar and a dash of cinnamon. This tea is really GOOD. Everyone talks about how the flavor is strong and hard to mask but cinnamon does the job perfectly well.

  6. Chuck Shartz

    Will you get a green Poopoo stain in your underwear

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  7. Mary Phelan

    I use a tablespoon (not a measuring one) and put some stevia in it. Put the Kratom on top of that, then more stevia on top of I Kratom. Just take that and chase it wirh water. You could use sugar as well. It’s like…”a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down”.

  8. Mike Abramovitz

    I am looking for a new delivery method. I suffer from chronic degenerative joint disease and I have been using kratom daily for about 3 years now instead of prescribed opioids. I mix 20-21 grams of leaf powder into an ice cream and almond milk shake. When I started using kratom I used 5-7 grams. So you do build a tolerance to it. I have experienced withdraw if I skip my evening shake. Basically some heavy night sweats and maybe a little extra aches the next morning but not sure on that because of my chronic pain.

    I am wondering if making a tea would allow me to reduce my dosage or if I would still need the same amount of powder. I only use green strains because of the pain relief + stimulant effect, typically Maeng Da, Malay, or Super Green. Thanks for any suggestions.

    1. Meg

      I get the empty 00 capsules from Amazon ($2.00) and the bag has like, 200 capsules. I fill them up, since they’re large each one hold about 500grams? I believe? So I just take the capsules and u don’t have to taste anything at all!

      1. Mary

        I was unable to digest the capsules in any form, whether I bought kratom caps, or bought non-gelatin caps and filled them. If I opened the prepackaged kratom capsules I bought, and used only powder, it worked the same as powder, so the packaging manufacturer did not cheat by mixing other fullers. But in capsules, it had no effect, no matter how many I used.

        1. Ryan

          I have the same problem with the capsules, it’s like the gelatin counteracts with the Mitragynine or something. I usually do the wash it down method, it’s the strongest effect for me.

        2. Pamela

          Same with me, Mary. I didn’t get any affect with using capsules no matter how many. Must not be absorbing or breaking down the capsules?

      2. Sharon C.

        I buy the size 00 capsules at, 1,000 capsules at a time. They’re quite cheap. On Amazon, I bought a capsule-filler contraption (for lack of a better word). It takes me about 20 minutes to fill 50 capsules. Now that I’m trying kratom tea, I won’t be filling so many capsules. This is a good site.


        500 mg?

    2. Taylor

      20 grams is alot. I would advise going down to 15g. Getting use to that. Then 10g and so on. U will need to feel the pain to reduce dosage. I’ve been using kratom for almost 4 years. I think the most I’ve ever used in one day was 40-50grams, I was driving for 24 hrs straight lol. But I would say my ritual has been between 2-5g 41x times daily. The last year my dose has been 3g 4x daily. Up until just this last week, I decided I wanted to not rely on kratom so much. I decided not to take it 1st thing in the morning or throughout the day. Just at night when I need it the most. 1st day of that was rough, not gonna lie. Now day 5 and its starting to feel normal to dose only at night! Anyways, you can reduce it to the most minuscule amount if you really want to!

      1. Eileem

        Yes? That’s a LOT

    3. Terry

      Hi. Last night I took 4 scoops of red bali powder and I boiled it for 20 on low. Drank it and wow! I was doing 1 scoop. It was more like a stimulant. 3 scoops is 1 tsp and adds up to 2.8 mg. Are you using the powder or pills? Sorry ADHD. I forgot. Anyways. I felt so relaxed. I have CPTSD as well and can be very irritable and this stuff is the bomb. What strain do you like? Maybe try the red bali. Also 10mg wow. It really does build up tolerance. I’m happy to hear you are off the Rx opiates though. I’m hearing 2 things. 1. That Kratom actually IS an opioid and 2. that the colors and strains all come from the same plant and that the strain thing is like a gimmick or a marketing tool. Good luck and again glad to hear that this plant helps you. Also do be care as you can overdose but hey you can overdose of H2O and donuts too. 👍🤗😁

      1. Dave

        Hey, I seen ur post on this website and thought u might be able to assist me? I’m brand new to Keaton. I just heard about it and went out an bought some Red Borneo Kratom, 1 ounce bag. I added one spoon full to a cup of water and heated up in the microwave, let it cool, stirred and tried to drink.🤢🤮 it was so nasty. I haven’t tried it again. Someone suggested that I go online and try 3 find a different way to drink it. Hence me being here right now. After reading somethings on here I think I have a better idea of what I should do. Probably first starting off by draining before I drink it.😊 it had chunks and grit in it the first time. But, any suggestions or help you can offer me? would be very much appreciated. Thanks Terry.

        1. Kat

          Buy empty tea bags or empty one and add the Kratom, now you have a tea bag to use [email protected]

    4. Al

      Cycling through strains will help you prevent tolerance usually. Try an uppity red like thai and a downer white like Borneo and see if you can prevent the tolerance

      1. Lorre Hopkins

        Hi! I have horrible Fibromyalgia too and have been taking Kratom for a couple years. I used to be on strong Opioids and was able to wean off of them and now use Kratom instead. I didn’t actually take Naltrexone for awhile to get off of Opioids, but stopped taking that in order to use Kratom. Kratom is great because it helps with so many of he Fibromyalgia issues-energy, depression, pain, and I think it helps my immune system too. I take White in the morning, green in the afternoon, and Red at night. If I don’t take all three I go for Red because it has the best pain relief, Green is good, too, but White is mostly energizing with less pain relief. You will figure out what works best for you. I just put a teaspoon in a half cup of juice, swirl or stir it and gulp it down. I think you will find relief with kratom without all the side effects of pain meds.

  9. Cindy O'Connell

    Gosh y’all ladies are an inspiration. I have horrible fibromyalgia and chronic pain….I don’t get outta the bed some days. I’m new to kratom….what do you suggest and how much….I also have horrible insomnia. I take Percocet for the pain…but don’t want to be beholden to Drs

    1. KJ

      I like to mix it in cinnamon applesauce. Start off with a low dose, since it can cause nausea at first, and because you will acclimate to the dose over time. 2-5g is a good starting range. I don’t react well to any stimulants, so I stick to red strains only. Red Borneo and Red Bali are good for pain in my experience.

      If you have a protein blender bottle, you can also mix it into juice. Orange juice and tomato juice worked for me, it depends on your personal tastes though. Grapefruit also enhances the effects, but it can interfere with medications you take, so be careful with it.

    2. Dlocc

      Same boat as you girl green maeng da is the strain you want and 4-6 grams is a good dose for you to try and get the good relief from.just mix it with some juice and let it sit for a little so its not all clumpy and just shake it and drink it and your good it really is as simple as that 🙂

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