Coughing? Stuffy Nose? Congestion? Try this Chinese Herbal Tea with Licorice, Cinnamon, and Luo Han Guo

Tea Name:

Chinese Herbal Tea with Licorice, Cinnamon, and Luo Han Guo

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

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This tea is perfect for tonifying blood and Qi and clearing the toxicity that comes with stuffy congestion in the lungs and nose (commonly associated with a thick, green or yellow phlegm).  It moistens the stuffy stuff (like phlegm) and helps to stop coughs.

A great way to check if this tea is good for you is to check the condition of your tongue.  If it’s got a thick, yellow or white coating on top, it’s a good indication there’s excess yin in the body.  That totally makes sense because I went swimming when I was already feeling a little under the weather.  And with the cold pool, that’s excess yin in my body and the dampness!

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: 13 mins

Total time: 15 mins

Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients
Cooking Instructions
  1. In a stovetop safe pot, add all the ingredients (except the rock sugar)
  2. Add in your water
  3. Boil on high until it fully boils and then reduce to a low-medium heat for another 10 mins
  4. Add in the rock sugar and let it fully dissolve
  5. Serve and enjoy!
Any benefits?
  • This Chinese herbal tea is great if you’ve got a lot of congestion, particularly in the nose and lungs (the thick type)
  • This tea also helps relieve coughs
  • It is a slightly warming tea, helping to drive the excess yin from the body
  • Excess yin tends to show up if you’ve been overexposed to cold or damp conditions (such as swimming, outdoor winter sports, or cold exposure)

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EQUIPMENT USED

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A great help for fish or small bones in soups, including small ingredients such as barley, fox nuts, spices just to keep everything together.

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Another MUST HAVE in the kitchen for soups!  It's so fine that it will scoop off the top oil and foam layer when using meats in your soup!

I use these types of stove top safe tea pots to make most of my herbal teas!

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