How to make an Apple Cinnamon Chinese Herbal tea for Eliminating Damp-Wind and Damp-Heat

How to make an Apple Cinnamon Chinese Herbal tea for Eliminating Damp-Wind and Damp-Heat

How to make an Apple Cinnamon Chinese Herbal tea for Eliminating Damp-Wind and Damp-Heat

Tea Name: Apple Cinnamon Chinese Herbal Tea for Eliminating Damp-Wind and Damp-Heat

Traditional Chinese Name: 蘋果祛濕茶 (píng guǒ qū shī chá) – direct translation here is “apple remove damp” tea. There are many damp removal Chinese herbal teas and this one blends flavours of apples and cinnamon as a base with damp removal herbs. 

Nature:  Slightly warming

Taste: Sweet and slightly bitter

(You can read this article on the impact on your body of different food tastes!)

For more videos, you can follow us on YouTube.

So what are my symptoms this time around?

 

  • Sore throat. It came fast and sharp and hurts pretty badly, so in a sense, this is an indication of heat in the body. 
  • The tongue is always a good indicator of where your yin and yang balance is. You can follow this starter article on identifying your own balance by making observations of your own tongue. Today’s tongue: Pale, with a pasty white coating.
  • Pulse. I like to check both my pulse and my elevated heart rates during a gentle run or walk. When my HR spikes at lower speeds, I know my body needs to go into recovery.
  • Cold limbs. My feet have been feeling so cold over the last few days!  I’m wearing my thick winter socks right now in 19C weather! I even sleep with them.
  • Runny nose. An indication of excess water in the body. And, lucky it wasn’t thick and just watery, which also means I’m not that heaty, yet!
What’s involved?

Prep time: 2 mins

Cook time: 5 mins

Total time: 7 mins

Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients
  • Half an apple
  • 1 teaspoon of cooked barley
  • 1 teaspoon of dried red rose buds
  • 1 small piece of dried cinnamon bark
  • 1 small slice of dried tangerine peel
  • honey to flavour
  • 2.5 cups of boiling water
    Cooking Instructions
    1. Slice or dice your apples. I will only use half as that’s enough and then eat the rest!
    2. In a stove safe tea pot, add in the apple, fried barley, red rose buds, cinnamon, tangerine peel
    3. Add in 2.5 cups of cold water
    4. Set on your stove top and start on high heat until it boils. Reduce to medium heat and let that simmer for 5 minutes.
    5. Set aside and cool.  I’ll pour out at this time into a glass cup.
    6. Add in honey for taste, although it is slightly sweet already from the apples and roses.
    7. Serve and enjoy!

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    Tea Name: Spleen strengthening damp removing herbal tea

    Traditional Chinese Name: 健脾祛濕茶 (jiàn pí qū shī chá) – direct translation here is “spleen strength remove damp” tea.  This is also quite a generic name in terms of the function of the tea rather than the ingredients and variations of this exist, it just depends on what herbs are being used.

    Nature:  Slightly warming

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    It’s quite common to consume damp reducing teas and soups in the Spring in Traditional Chinese Medicine and in Asia.  

    What’s involved?

    Prep time: 2 mins

    Cook time: 5 mins

    Total time: 7 mins

    Serves: 1 cup

    Ingredients
      Cooking Instructions
      1. In a cup, add all the ingredients together. 
      2. You can use a disposable tea bag to keep all the ingredients together.  This is because the barley will float and sometimes get in the way! 
      3. Add in boiling water, cover, and steep for 5 minutes
      4. Serve and enjoy!
      Any benefits?
      • This tea is slightly warming and ideal to keep the body warm (which is ideal to support replenishing Qi) with the red dates, astragalus root, and tangerine peel
      • The astragalus root and red dates help replenish Qi in the body
      • This tea is diuretic, meaning it helps dispel water from the body, supported by the barley and the mulberry root (which helps with urination and reduced swelling from water)
      • You can drink this daily
      • It is ideal for the whole family

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      What’s involved?

      Prep time: 2 mins

      Cook time: 5 mins

      Total time: 7 mins

      Serves: 2 cups

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        1. Slice your mandarin or orange thinly, keeping on the skin
        2. Using a chopstick or spoon, break up your citrus to allow the juices to be released so that it boils into the tea
        3. In your stovetop safe teapot, add in all the ingredients, except the honey
        4. Fully cover.
        5. Put this on medium high heat on your stove and bring to that a full boil for 5 minutes.
        6. Reduce heat and let it cool slightly before you add the honey (as anything over 60C will destroy most of the antibacterial and benefits of honey, so allow it cool as you drink).
        7. Stir, serve, and enjoy!
        Any benefits?
        • This tea is ideal for dry coughs and is slightly warming (with the tangerine peel and cinnamon)
        • The monk fruit helps moisten the lungs, combined with the apricot kernals, helps relieve the cough

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        Tea Name: Warming and healing red roses and dried red dates with cinnamon and honey Chinese herbal tea

        Traditional Chinese Name: 玫瑰红枣茶 (méi guī hóng zǎochá)

        Nature:  Warming

        Taste: Sweet 

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        It’s still pretty cool in Toronto in March, so this slightly warm and spiced tea is perfect!  All these are warming ingredients with some soothing elements in the honey and help improve circulation and replenish qi in the body!

        You can actually drink this everyday at well, although this tea doesn’t recycle as nicely as a Red Dates and Longan Tea (where I can add about 3-4 cycles of hot water to keep the flavours rolling all day long).  You’ll notice that the rose buds to lose a lot of their flavours on the first boil, but still a delicious and fragrant tea that is perfect!  Just perfect!

         

        What’s involved?

        Prep time: 2 mins

        Cook time: 5 mins

        Total time: 7 mins

        Serves: 2 cups

        Ingredients
        • 10-15 dried red roses buds (unopened)
        • 3 dried red dates, halved and pitted
        • 1 cinnamon stick
        • 1 tablespoon of honey
        • 2 cups of water
        • 1 stovetop safe teapot
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          2. Fully cover.
          3. Put this on medium high heat on your stove and bring to that a full boil for 5 minutes.
          4. Reduce heat and let it cool slightly before you add the honey (as anything over 60C will destroy most of the antibacterial and benefits of honey, so allow it cool as you drink).
          5. Stir, serve, and enjoy!
          Any benefits?
          • This tea is ideal for warming the body, allowing for pushing out cold from the body and improving blood circulation
          • Red roses help regulate Qi and helps remove blood stagnation
          • Both the red roses and cinnamon help warm the spleen, a key organ in Traditional Chinese Medicine

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          Cooling and Healing Chinese Herbal Tea for Coughs and Fevers

          Cooling and Healing Chinese Herbal Tea for Coughs and Fevers

          Cooling and Healing Chinese Herbal Tea for Coughs and Fevers

          Soup Name:

          Cooling and Healing Chinese Herbal Tea for (Dry) Coughs and Fevers

          Traditional Chinese Name:

          止咳茶 (zhǐké chá) – direct translation here is “anti-cough” tea.  There are many teas that have earned the right to this label, so it’s just easier to use it as such instead of labeling all the ingredients.

          Nature:  Cooling

          Taste: Sweet and slightly bitter

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          On the go tip:  Use a portable thermos if you want to enjoy Chinese herbal teas on the go.  I will put the ingredients in recyclable tea bags for easier consumption and disposal.

          Have a dry cough?  (And / or a fever)?  Which can also include a dry, heaty nose?

          This cooling tea is perfect for moisturizing the body and lungs and supporting a dry cough or fever.  It’s got the sweet, cool elements with the dried chrysanthemum flowers and cough support in the monk fruit, which helps moisten the lungs.  The apricot kernals and added honey also help relieve coughs.

          This tea is super easy to make and delicious to drink!  You can consider using a tea bag to keep the ingredients together for easier disposal.

           

           

           

          What’s involved?

          Cook time: 2 mins 

          Total time: 2 mins

          Serves: 1 cup

          Ingredients

          Cooking Instructions

          1. In a disposable, recyclable tea bag, add in the dried chrysanthemum flower, apricot kernals, and dried monk fruit and seal
          2. Put this into a thermos bottle or a cup
          3. Fill with hot water and cover and steep for at least 2 minutes
          4. Add in honey, stir and mix
          5. Serve and enjoy! 

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          Post run wind expelling and lung healing Chinese tea

          Post run wind expelling and lung healing Chinese tea

          Post run wind expelling and lung healing Chinese tea

          Tea Name:

          Post run wind expelling and lung healing Chinese tea

          Traditional Chinese Name:

          红枣甘草羅漢果薑茶 (hóng zǎo gān cǎo luó hàn guǒ jiāng chá)

          Nature:  Warming

          Taste: Sweet and slightly bitter

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          The tea is warming!  It’s got the power to expel wind from the body (and lungs) and nourish and moisturize the lungs, especially after a cold run.

          I love the light sweet tones it brings and how it’s refreshing and not heavy.  It’s also not overly spicy, but you can definitely craft this any way you’d like by adding more or less of any ingredient.  

           

          OK, honestly, I really feel the temperature variance in my lungs when it hits 10C or lower in Toronto.  At this point, the buffs come out!  I mean, I’ve gotten pretty good at knowing the temperature thresholds in my body and humidity stays pretty relative here, so I just go on temperature to determine what to wear.  This also applies to riding in the cold and this is different because there’s more wind (due to both speed and just the amount of wind Toronto has) and exposure to cold.

          This means, I’m already going into yin excess (too much yin in the body thanks to both cold and wind into the lungs first… and then ultimately, if I don’t address it, it goes into the body).

          Here’s my post cold run routine:

          1. Slow down the pace. The slower the air turnover, the less yin I bring into the body. This means running in zone 2 or slower. Save the intervals for the indoor treadmill or the bike trainer (also indoors).
            2. I will also carry warm water with me to sip in a small plastic holder.
            3. As soon as I’m home, I’ll make this herbal tea with boiling water.
            4. Take a hot shower and spend 5 extra minutes to breathe in warm steam to the lungs.
            5. Sip on my tea all day (adding boiling water to it 2-3 times until it runs flavorless).

          You can check this article that explains the balance of yin and yang in the body, AN INTRODUCTION TO YIN AND YANG IN OUR EVERYDAY SOUPS AND FOOD. 

          What’s involved?

          Prep time: 2 mins

          Cook time: 3 mins (steep time)

          Total time: 5 mins

          Serves: 1 cup

          Ingredients
            Cooking Instructions
            1. You can put all the ingredients into an individual empty tea bag for easier management of the ingredients
            2. Drop all the ingredients into a ceramic or glass mug
            3. Add in boiling water to 1 cup full
            4. Cover and steep for 2 minutes
            5. Add in honey and stir
            6. Serve and enjoy!

            You can actually make these little tea bags or pouches yourself!  The ingredients are all part of my standard Chinese Soup kitchen pantry and then I use disposable and decomposable tea bags!

            Use disposable, environmentally friendly, degradable tea bags!

            There are various individual tea bags you can find out there!

            The two I’ve been using are these Japanese ones (sourced from Hong Kong) that fold over.  I’m not sure if they are degradable completely, but finishing up a batch I took back with me.

            I would recommend these disposable and environmentally friendly tea bags from amazon.  I also bought some and now have a pile of tea bag holders sitting in my drawer!  But I do love how convenient they are and will pre-make my own tea bags to bring to work or pre-fill in my thermal mug for drinking on the go!

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