How to make a warming and healing red roses, red dates, cinnamon and honey herbal tea

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
    Cooking Instructions
    1. In your stovetop safe teapot, add in the dried red rose buds, the dried red dates, and the cinnamon stick and your water.
    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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