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).

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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!

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    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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    Warming Chinese herbal tea for cold days (post run hydration)

    Warming Chinese herbal tea for cold days (post run hydration)

    Warming Chinese herbal tea for cold days (post run hydration)

    Tea Name:

    Warming red dates, longans, and red and black wolfberries Chinese herbal tea (which I use for post cold day runs).  In fact, I also add this into a thermal flask for the car post colder rides (which is like mid September in Toronto!).  Where’s Hong Kong weather?

    Traditional Chinese Name:

    红枣茶 (hóng zǎo chá)

    Nature:  Warming

    Taste: Sweet

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    OK, honestly, I really feel the temperature variance in my lungs when it hits 13C or lower in Toronto.

    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).

    I think if it goes any lower in temperature, I’m taking out the base layers, the face buffs, the gloves, and ultimately, the thicker wear.

    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. 

    The tea is primarily warmed by the red dates and longans, offering a sweet yang enhancing experience that is delicious and soothing.  This is one of my favourite and easiest teas to make from your Chinese Soup Pantry!

    However, I love adding both the red and black goji berries to give it a little more sweetness and that tartness.  Goji berries are perfect for yin excess conditions (avoid if you’ve got patterns of excess heat) and are great for the eyes, liver, and kidneys.

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    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. No additional sweeteners needed for this tea!
      6. Serve and enjoy!
      Any benefits?
      • This Chinese herbal tea is warming and soothing
      • This tea tonifies and nourishes the blood and both red dates and longans calm the spirit, so this tea is perfect for taking some moments to yourself
      • Great for traveling, on the go, or in the office
      • Super easy to make

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      Warming Chinese Herbal Tea for Menstruation and Menopause

      Warming Chinese Herbal Tea for Menstruation and Menopause

      Warming Chinese Herbal Tea for Menstruation and Menopause

      Tea Name:

      Warming Chinese Herbal Tea for Menstruation and Menopause

      Traditional Chinese Name:

      女士茶 (nǚ shì chá)

      Nature:  Warming

      Taste: Sweet

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      This warming Chinese herbal tea is designed to heal, promote stagnant Qi in the body, and alleviate pain during premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and (pre) menopause symptoms.  Some of these symptoms include depression, mood swing, irritability, or anxiousness, which is caused by stagnant Qi.

      One of the key ingredients are roses, which helps harmonize the blood, reduce inflammation and swelling, and calms the heart and spirit (Shen) [you can also add 2-3 dried red dates].  Roses are one of my favourites, tasting of slightly sweet and so fragrant.  

      The more herbal ingredients are the dong quai and the licorice and by adding the warming cinnamon and rock sugar, helps neutral a bit of the bitterness.  This tea starts off tasting tangy sweet with a tail of bitterness, golden and smooth to the end.

      I drink 1-2 cups a day on the first and second day of my period or when I’m feeling the onset of agitation (PMS) and helps me to ease the cramping pains and just allow my mind to calm and not feel so agitated!  It’s that warmth that washes over my body!

      What’s involved?

      Prep time: 2 mins

      Cook time: 10 mins (boil time)

      Total time: 12 mins

      Serves: 2 cups

      Ingredients
        Cooking Instructions
        1. Add all the ingredients into a stove top safe glass tea pot (except the rock sugar) and boil on medium high heat for 10 minutes, keeping it covered
        2. At the last minute, add in the rock sugar and boil until full dissolved.  The tea should be a deep, dark, rich purple-red, which is the hibiscus color into the tea.
        3. Serve and enjoy!  Drink while it’s still warm!
        Any benefits?
        • This Chinese herbal tea is warming and soothing
        • This tea tonifies and nourishes stagnant Qi 
        • Often used to support blood stagnation and promote blood flow in the body
        • Qi stagnation usually shows up as psychological such as depression, irritability, anxiousness, or mood swing (roses can help!), which is often found with premenstrual syndrome or menopause
        • Helps stops spasms and alleviates pain
        • Easy to make with readily available ingredients in the house

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        Red Dates, Longan, and Wolfberries Warming Chinese Herbal Tea

        Red Dates, Longan, and Wolfberries Warming Chinese Herbal Tea

        Red Dates, Longan, and Wolfberries Warming Chinese Herbal Tea

        Tea Name:

        Warming red dates, longans, and wolfberries Chinese herbal tea

        Traditional Chinese Name:

        红枣茶 (hóng zǎo chá)

        Nature:  Warming

        Taste: Sweet

        For more videos, you can follow us on YouTube.

        This is one of the most common warming Chinese herbal teas available.  You’ll find it in restaurants, tea shops, and as suggested by herbalists or Chinese wet mart vendors as a warm, enhancing Qi deficiency, tonifying blood, and calming the spirit tea. 

        The tea is primarily warmed by the red dates and longans, offering a sweet yang enhancing experience that is delicious and soothing.  This is one of my favourite and easiest teas to make from your Chinese Soup Pantry!

        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. I will measure out all the ingredients and put them into an individual empty tea bag, rock sugar optional (or until the very end)
          2. Seal (or fold) and ensure none of the loose flowers or pedals will fall out
          3. Drop into a ceramic or glass mug
          4. Add in boiling water to 1 cup full
          5. Cover and steep for 2 minutes
          6. Add in your rock sugar, cover and steep for another 1 minute, stirring to ensure the rock sugar dissolves
          7. Or add in honey after cooling for about 3 minutes
          8. Serve and enjoy!
          Any benefits?
          • This Chinese herbal tea is warming and soothing
          • This tea tonifies and nourishes the blood and both red dates and longans calm the spirit, so this tea is perfect for taking some moments to yourself
          • Readily available ingredients (definitely in Hong Kong) and also in Canada (have bought all these ingredients in Toronto before)
          • Great for traveling, on the go, or in the office
          • Super easy to make

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          Cooling Flower Tea (to aid in sleep)

          Cooling Flower Tea (to aid in sleep)

          Cooling Flower Tea (to aid in sleep)

          Tea Name:

          Cooling Flower Tea (to aid in sleep) with chrysanthemum, roses, osmanthus, and jasmine flowers.

          Traditional Chinese Name:

          寧神安睡茶 (níng shén ānshuì chá) – direct translation is:  calming sleeping tea

          Nature:  Cooling

          Taste: Sweet and bitter

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          This cooling tea is perfect for calming the body, spirit, and mind, allowing yourself to settle and prepare for sleep.  I’ll take this a few hours before I’m ready to pass out so that it can help my body STAY asleep!  Although there are truly no guarantees here, I mean, even taking melatonin for me doesn’t 100% work… but it does help me calm down and not get so agitated with TRYING to sleep and getting frustrated that I can’t! 

          In general, cooling teas that slow down the overall body, are considered yin in nature and help increase yin in the body.  The body tends to be more in yang during the day and more in yin during the evening, so that’s why allowing the yin to increase and the yang to decrease helps the body settle and come into a calmer state.

          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. 

          I love that this tea is made of all flowers!  And you can choose your sweetener (or none!).  I used rock sugar for this recipe, but honey works just as well (wait for it to cool to about 60 degrees Celcius before adding honey as anything hotter will destroy the honey and reduce the benefits of the ingredient).  Rock sugar is OK in most temperatures, including boiling.

          This tea is slightly cooling, regulates the Qi, and calms the spirit.  It’s a clean, simple taste with slightly sweet and bitter after tones and actually serves nicely both hot and iced (although the Chinese do have a position on drinking too much cold stuff!).

          For this recipe, I steeped my tea instead of boiling it in the glass teapot, although that is definitely an option.  The boiling will intensify the flavours, but the steeping is just quicker and easier – especially if you’re in the office or on the go without any heat source, but do have access to boiling water!

           

          What’s involved?

           Prep time: 2 mins

          Cook time: 3 mins (steep time)

          Total time: 5 mins

          Serves: 1 cup

          Ingredients
          • 6-7 dried chrysanthemum flowers
          • 6-7 dried roses (flowers)
          • 6-7 dried jasmine flowers
          • 1 teaspoon of dried osmanthus flowers
          • rock sugar optional, but taste test first!
          • or honey (put in after it cools to 60C)
          Cooking Instructions
          1. I will measure out all the ingredients and put them into an individual empty tea bag, rock sugar optional (or until the very end)
          2. Seal (or fold) and ensure none of the loose flowers or pedals will fall out
          3. Drop into a ceramic or glass mug
          4. Add in boiling water to 1 cup full
          5. Cover and steep for 2 minutes
          6. Add in your rock sugar, cover and steep for another 1 minute, stirring to ensure the rock sugar dissolves
          7. Or add in honey after cooling for about 3 minutes
          8. Serve and enjoy!
          Any benefits?
          • This Chinese herbal tea is cooling and allows the body and mind to come into more Yin state (slowing down), which prepares you for sleep
          • It helps regulate the Qi and calm the mind (and spirit)
          • Readily available ingredients (definitely in Hong Kong) and also in Canada (have bought all these ingredients in Toronto before)
          • Great for traveling, on the go, or in the office
          • Super easy to make

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          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 (see video).  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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