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!)

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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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    How to make a simple, delicious radish seaweed soup!

    How to make a simple, delicious radish seaweed soup!

    How to make a simple, delicious radish seaweed soup!

    Soup Name: Radish (Kombu) Seaweed Soup (vegetarian)

    Chinese Name: 白蘿蔔海藻湯 (bái luóbo hǎi zǎo tāng).  This isn’t really a Chinese soup.  It’s more a blend of using Japanese and Korean radish and kombu (seaweed) components.

    Nature: This is a cooling soup.  By design, the ingredients are quite cooling in the white radish and seaweed (you can follow this post on what ingredients are cooling or warming for soups)

    Taste: Slightly sweet and savory

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    The best are the most simplest of soups!

    This is a Japanese-styled white radish and kombu (seaweed) soup which I used as part of dinner.  It’s simple, it’s clean, and it’s meat-free, but still has a delicious umami taste (created by the seaweed and mushrooms).  So it’s both vegan and vegetarian!

    I love that it’s very much like home.  It feels and tastes like home.  And it can be served with a variety of carbs and toppings or you can drink it clean.

     

    What’s involved?

    Prep time: 15 mins

    Cook time: 30 minutes 

    Total time: 45 mins

    Serves: 8 large bowls

    Ingredients

    • 1 whole white radish, thinly sliced
    • 1 whole piece of dried seaweed kelp
    • 1 whole white onion, quartered
    • 5 dried shiitake mushrooms
    • fresh green onions
    • 13 cups or 2.5 L of water 
    • salt and sesame oil to taste

    For my dinner:

    • rice cakes
    • fresh enoki mushrooms
    • fish cakes 

    Cooking Instructions

    1. In your soup pot, add in your sliced white onions and dried seaweed kelp
    2. Add in your soup water and cover
    3. Set this on high heat and allow that to come to a boil
    4. During this time, I will also drop in my fresh green onions (cut larger so that I can fish them out later), white radish (sliced very thinly), and dried shiitake mushrooms
    5. Cover and bring this to a full boil and reduce to medium heat and allow that to simmer for another 30 minutes
    6. Taste and salt as needed
    7. You can add this to noodles, rice, or rice cakes!  Top with your favourite toppings.  Serve and enjoy!

    There are many soups that use dried seaweed kelp and white radish!

    This soup is very similar to my Korean Dashi soup base, which you can add other ingredients to, although this one has dried anchovies, which also creates a different flavor and taste.

    I am a big fan of this simple taste base… the seaweed and white radish! 

    Would love to see your other suggestions on what you create here! 

     

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    Sweet and sour snow fungus and cucumber salad

    Sweet and sour snow fungus and cucumber salad

    Sweet and sour snow fungus and cucumber salad

    Tea Name:

    Sweet and sour snow fungus and cucumber salad (with garlic and red dates and goji berries) in a tart delightful mirin vinegrette dressing

    Nature:  Slightly warming (due to the garlic, red dates, and vinegar)

    Taste: Sweet and sour

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    Making snow fungus 2-ways the other day for dinner.  Since I was soaking one for my soup, I decided to economize my efforts and soak another to make a delicious, tart and sweet appetizer.

    Why not more snow fungus?  This powerhouse Chinese herb is amazing at nourishing the yin in the lungs and helps retain moisture and collagen!  (YEAH, did someone say COLLAGEN?).  LOL.  Yah, it’s known to be the “poor man’s” version of bird’s nest, which helps to keep the skin firm and glowing.  In the end, snow fungus is just a mushroom.

    I always keep a stash of these in my pantry now because they are perfect for soups, stews, salads, desserts, and even stir fried!  Seriously, get experimental and try it!

     

    What’s involved?
     Prep time: 15 mins

    Cook time: No cooking needed

    Total time: 15 mins

    Serves: 5 cups (or servings)

    Ingredients

    The sauce:

     

    • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon of mirin
    • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
    • 3 teaspoons of white sugar
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    2. Wash and dice half a cucumber, keeping the skin on
    3. Dice all the garlic
    4. Once the snow fungus is fully bloomed and relatively soft and squishy, using scissors or a knife, remove the hard orange middle (cut as best as you can as this part is tougher to eat)
    5. Dice the snow fungus into bite-sized pieces
    6. Add in all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and give it a good mix, ensuring all the sauce covers all parts of the salad
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    Dried Red Rose Buds

    Dried Red Rose Buds

    Dried Red Rose Buds

    Ingredient Name:

    Dried roses, dried rose buds, rose rugosa, China rose, red roses

    Traditional Chinese Name:

    玫瑰花 (méi guī huā)

    Nature:  Slightly warming (due to the drying and heating process of the flowers)

    Taste:  Sweet, bitter

    You can get started on your Chinese Soup Kitchen Pantry from this video!  While dried flowers aren’t usually used in Chinese soups, they are certainly staple in Chinese Herbal Teas!

     

     

    I’m a big fan of roses!  They remind me of smiles and love.  While not commonly used in Chinese Herbal Teas so much, they are very popular in the Western selection of teas and stem from way back in Western culture especially in an apothecary and healing capacity.  However, rose buds and roses are used in so many cuisines and dishes, such as teas (hot and cold), desserts, cakes, as flavouring, or as decorative in and on food.

    What’s used are the dried rose petals and buds of the flower.  They are fragrant, slightly sweet (and bitter), and have quite a unique taste to the tea.  I usually keep a bag of these in my herbal tea pantry and they have amazing shelf life!  You can harvest your own red rose petals or buds from your own rose garden (if you have one!).  The buds are before the flower blooms  or after bloom, you can simply take the petals as well.  

    The best thing for me about rose buds in Chinese Herbal teas is that they help with stagnant Qi and blood.  Stagnant Qi shows up as mood swings, irritability, annoyance (sometimes the onset of PMS) and greatly helps with this during menopause as well.  Roses are an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamins (C and E) and helps to improve sleep and moods.

    How do I prepare it?

        • Typically no preparation needed.  If I’m using purchased rose buds or petals, I will use directly from the bag into my tea cup or glass stove top safe tea pot.
        • You can presoak or rinse in cool water to remove any bugs, debris, or 

    What is the cost & where to buy?

        • The price will range depending on the size, make, and brand of the dried flowers, especially if it’s organic or not

        • There are smaller full buds, which tend to be more expensive, or the shredded bloomed ones, which are cheaper
        • In general, one ounce of dried loose flowers can cost around $3-4 CAD (but I have seen the range quite wide)
        • Red roses are commonly found in both Western and Eastern stores (both online and instore)

    Any benefits?

        • Dried rose buds helps regulate Qi and blood
        • 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.
        • This is great to take during your periods or during menopause to help the Qi flow

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    Heat Clearing Sugarcane and Water Chestnuts and Imperatae Root Herbal Tea

    Heat Clearing Sugarcane and Water Chestnuts and Imperatae Root Herbal Tea

    Soup Name:

    Heat clearing sugarcane and water chestnuts and imperatae root herbal tea

    Traditional Chinese Name:

    竹蔗茅根馬蹄湯 (zhú zhè máogēn mǎtí tāng)

     

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    A traditional Chinese drink which helps cool the body, reduce heatiness, and clear phlegm and unwanted body fluids. It’s natural sweetness is perfect for hot summer days and this can be drank cold or hot. It is commonly found as a drink in most herbal dessert shops and is even bottled commercially.

    The key to this heat clearing tea is the water chestnuts.  I don’t use them often as this version also uses corn, carrots, or corn silk, but I’ve kept it simple for heat clearing only.  The water chestnuts are a very cooling ingredient and combined with the imperatae (or mao gen) root, is extra potent to clear excess yang.  

    What’s involved?

    Prep time: 10 mins

    Cook time: 30 minutes

    Total time: 40 mins

    Serves: 6 bowls

    Ingredients

     

    Cooking Instructions

    1. Prepare your sugar cane by chopping into smaller 2-inch length pieces
    2. Rinse, peel and rinse the water chestnuts.  You can cut into bite-sized edible pieces if you also like eating them.  
    3. Add to cold water into your soup pot
    4. Boil on medium heat covered for 30 minutes
    5. 5 minutes before serving, drop in your rock sugar.
    6. Serve and enjoy!

    Any benefits?

    • This is a great tea for BBQ’ing or hotpot as it’s cooling and removes heat from the body, especially the stomach
    • It can served as a tea or soup
    • It is vegetarian, so perfect for any soup or tea drinker
    • This can be drank cold or hot (you’ll often find this as a heated drink served in the streets of Hong Kong)
    • You can make a big pot and store in the fridge for one week.  Just be sure to let it sit to room temperature or heat up before consumption
    • You can have a few variations of this soup or tea depending on ingredients at home (such as adding sugared dried winter melon, water chestnuts, or simply using sugar cane and imperatae)

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    Fresh water chestnuts are crispy, firm, and high in water content.  They don’t have the best storage life, so keep them in the fridge as much as you can.  As the water chestnuts “age”, they’ll breakdown and become starchy, have a crumbly texture, and lose it’s moisture content.  Which in turn, makes your soup or tea cloudy, which is still OK, as long as the water chestnuts still hold some of their firmness. 

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    Sugar Cane and Imperatae Drink

    Sugar Cane and Imperatae Drink

    Sugar Cane and Imperatae Drink

    Soup Name:

    Sugar Cane and Imperatae Drink

    Traditional Chinese Name:

    竹蔗茅根 (zhú zhè máogēn)

     

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    A traditional Chinese drink which helps cool the body and reduce heatiness. It’s natural sweetness is perfect for hot summer days and this can be drank cold or hot. It is commonly found as a drink in most herbal dessert shops and is even bottled commercially.

    There are a few options for this tea such as adding sugared dried winter melon and corn silk or baby corn.  The key ingredient is the imperatae, which is grass type plant that is cooling and sweet.  It targets the stomach, lungs, and bladder and supports heat removal, or excess of Yang qi in the body.

    What’s involved?

    Prep time: 10 mins

    Cook time: 60 minutes

    Total time: 70 mins

    Serves: 6 bowls

    Ingredients

     

    Cooking Instructions

    1. Begin boiling your soup water
    2. Begin boiling another pot of water to blanch Imperatae
    3. Cut carrots, corn, water chestnuts and sugar cane
    4. When second water boils, blanch Imperatae
    5. When soup water boils, add all ingredients together
    6. Boil on medium heat for a good 1 hour
    7. Serve and enjoy!

    Any benefits?

    • This is a great tea for BBQ’ing or hotpot as it’s cooling and removes heat from the body, especially the stomach
    • It can served as a tea or soup
    • It is vegetarian, so perfect for any soup or tea drinker
    • This can be drank cold or hot (you’ll often find this as a heated drink served in the streets of Hong Kong)
    • You can make a big pot and store in the fridge for one week.  Just be sure to let it sit to room temperature or heat up before consumption
    • You can have a few variations of this soup or tea depending on ingredients at home (such as adding sugared dried winter melon, water chestnuts, or simply using sugar cane and imperatae)

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