Night Blooming Cereus (Dried)

Ingredient Name: Night Blooming Cereus, Cereus

Traditional Chinese Name: 霸王花 (bà wáng huā)

What is this?

  • The dried plant known to bloom at night
  • There are many species that belong in this category, but specifically one that is used in Chinese medicine and soups
  • It blooms with white flowers (roughly 7-8 inches in diameter) with many petals and blooms for a few hours before dying
  • Extremely fragrant flower once bloomed
  • The flower is grown both in homes and in batches for soup/medicinal consumption
  • The dried plant is tasteless

How do I prepare it?

  • Soak in water for at least an hour, rinsing several times to remove all the bugs (mainly ants)

Where can I buy this?

  • Most Asian supermarkets and herbalists will carry this product dried in packages

What is the cost

  • 1 pack will cost around $20 HKD (about 5-6 flowers)

Any benefits?

  • Excellent for nourishing and detoxifying the lungs
  • Helps moisturize and lubricate the lungs
  • Helps eliminate pathological heat and fire in the body and cool it down

Any precautions?

  • Soak in water for at least an hour – large cultivated batches of this plant will have many bugs, so be sure to wash thoroughly
  • Mildly cooling ingredient (take with caution if in the first trimester of pregnancy or menstruating)
  • Avoid this ingredient is you have hypertension

Additional Information

  • You can store this ingredient in a tight sealed container in a dry place for up to 6 months