Red Dates Longan Chinese Herbal Tea

Red Dates Longan Chinese Herbal Tea

The easiest of #teas to make at home to help promote blood flow, strengthen the #heart, and promote sleep. This #Chinese #herbal tea is best drank before bedtime, after #dinner. I simply used 6 dried #longans, 2 dried red #dates, and a handful of dried #wolfberries. It is a slightly #warming tea and allows for good circulation of #qi. This #drink is ideal for people who do not get enough rest, are overworked, women who have recently given birth, and people who have deficiencies in qi and blood. Remove the seeds from the red dates (as they seeds are known to be heaty in a bad way), steep everything for 5 minutes in hot (boiling) water, and enjoy!

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Red Dates Tea

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You can find the video of how to make this here:

 

 

Apple Chinese Herbal Tea (For Coughs)

Apple Chinese Herbal Tea (For Coughs)

Apple Chinese Herbal Tea (For Coughs)

Soup Name

Apple Chinese Herbal Tea (For Coughs)

Traditional Chinese Name:  

蘋果止咳茶 (píng guǒ zhǐ ké chá)

 

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When a virus, cold, or flu has you down, my go to hot drink is usually a Chinese Herbal tea that addresses my illness.  Lately, I have been tackling yet another virus strain that has left me with a cough and my Chinese Herbalist recommended this easy, smooth, vitamin C packed Chinese tea to address my cough and heal my lungs.

It’s a tea because I don’t use meats or bones, but I don’t actually put any tea leaves in it.  The key ingredient is the dried seabed coconut (which is a lung healer and addresses coughs).  Also throw in some dried snow pears, dried apricot kernals (north and south), dried lily bulbs, dried tangerine peel, sugared dates, and fresh apples.

What’s involved?

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 2 hours

Total time: 2 hours 30 mins

Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients

According to my Chinese doctor, apples are the only fruit I can consume while with a cough, cold, virus, or flu.  They are the most neutral of fruits.   In a ceramic pot, boil your water (4 cups worth, which will reduce to 2 cups).  When the water boils, add all the ingredients together and cover.  Boil on medium for 2 hours until it reduces and the apples become soft.

 

In the end, you’re left with a slightly tart, slightly sweet, but very smooth and rich tea.  You can even eat the apples!  For those who don’t like the stuff floating around, you can strain the tea through a thin strainer as bits of apples may be dissolved into the tea (also very yummy!).

Cooking Instructions

  1. Boil your water in a ceramic pot
  2. Half your apples, keeping the skin on (so they don’t completely disintegrate into the tea)
  3. When your water boils, add all the ingredients in together
  4. Boil on medium for 2 hours
  5. Let cool, serve and enjoy!
  6. Or follow along in the video

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Cough Reduction Tea (From Colds)

Cough Reduction Tea (From Colds)

Cough Reduction Tea (From Colds)

Soup Name

Cough Reduction Team (From Colds)

Traditional Chinese Name:  

止咳茶 (zhǐ ké chá)

 

It started with a cold.  My whole family had it, being passed from one person to the other.  My symptoms were light though, feeling primarily fatigue throughout a two week period, until the end.  I developed this mildly itchy (but highly irritating) cough that just wouldn’t go away, even with cough syrup.  So I went to find my Chinese doctor and herbalist who asked me a few questions, asked me to show him my tongue and recommended this mild tea designed to squash that pesky cough.

What’s involved?

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hour 5 mins

Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients

A majority of the ingredients are cough attacking ingredients and readily found at your wet marts, herbalist, or dried food stalls.  They are primarily leafy and stem based, and not a cooling tea at all, but does address heatiness in the body. 

Normally, anything cooling actually stimulates coughing more, so these are warm ingredients that are paired perfectly for anyone who wants to try an alternative solution to the drowsy cough medicine.  This tea is mild enough for kids, mild enough to drink back to back, slightly warming, but not heaty, and perfect for vegetarians.  On top of the dried herbs, chuck in a slice of ginger for good measure!

This tea is already slightly sweet (due to the sugared dried kumquat) and quite soothing to drink.  No sugar needed!

Cooking Instructions

  1. Boil your tea water
  2. Once boiling, add in all the ingredients together
  3. Boil on medium high (covered) for an hour
  4. Strain the ingredients
  5. Serve and enjoy

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    Winter Moisturizing Tea

    Winter Moisturizing Tea

    Winter Moisturizing Tea

    Soup Name

    Winter Moisturizing Tea

    This soup or tea is completely designed for the dry, cold, dry, cold, super dry, or super cold winter conditions. It’s a vegetarian (meatless) moisturizing tea suitable for the whole family and tastes super yummy.

    You can consider adding fresh snow pears or fresh apples to sweeten it further, just take caution with the amount of rock sugar you add. It’s a combination of the all the ingredients that help being moisture to the lungs, body, skin and internal organs. You can drink this to your heart’s delight!

    Do note that snow pears are mildly cool ingredients, so not recommended if you’re in confinement or need to avoid cooling ingredients.

    What’s involved?

    Prep time: 15 mins
    Cook time: 1 hour
    Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
    Serves: 2 cups

    Ingredients

    • 2 dried snow fungus, soaked and cut into quarters (removing the center, see video below)
    • 4 pieces of dried snow pear
    • 20 g of apricot kernals
    • 1 pieces of dried tangerine peel
    • 2-3 large dried dates
    • 20 g of dried lily bulbs
    • 1-inch diameter wide rock sugar (or brown sugar)
    • 1 L of water

    Cooking Instructions

    1. Soak the dried snow fungus in warm water until it is completely covered. Let it sit for about 15 minutes until it has become soft and large. Using a pair of scissors, cut it quarters while removing the hard yellow middle.
    2. In a separate bowl, soak in warm water the dried tangerine peel for 5 minutes.
    3. Once the tangerine peel softens, using the face of a knife, scrape off the darker side of the peel (this is the bitter part) just slightly.
    4. Start to boil your tea water
    5. When the water boils, add all the dried snow pear, apricot kernals, tangerine peel, dried dates, dried lily bulbs together.
    6. Boil on medium heat for 1 hour.
    7. In the last 5 minutes, drop in the rock sugar and mix.
    8. Serve and enjoy! Ideal to drink hot in the winter time!

    The ingredients are pretty common in Hong Kong or your local Asian supermarket.  And you can buy them in bulk and store them in a dry, sealed container for many months – or in the fridge for even longer.

     

    Preparing the Snow Fungus (video)

    For snow fungus, you’ll need to soak them in warm water for some time – pretty much until they explode into giant balls.  Normally, people don’t eat the hard middles, but you can still cut it out and put it in with the soup. The tricky thing with snow fungus is that it dissolves into the soup. This means, the soup gets thicker and stickier the longer you boil it with snow fungus (scientifically speaking is that the viscosity of the liquid increases). You can remove the snow fungus halfway through if you don’t like it so thick.

     

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    Red Dates Hawthorn Tea

    Red Dates Hawthorn Tea

    Red Dates Hawthorn Tea

    Soup Name

    Red Dates Hawthorn Tea

    Traditional Chinese Name:  

    山楂红枣茶 (shān zhā hóng zǎo chá)

     

    This nice slightly sweet and very tart tea was introduced by my herbalist who suggested I make it for my dad (while he was visiting HK). The tea is designed for people who would like to lose weight, reduce the fat content in their bodies, reduce blood pressure, reduce cholesterol and help clear the blood of the impurities that come with a not so healthy diet. That’s not to say my dad’s not healthy, but he does enjoy all foods – so this tea will help balance out a delicious, heavy meal and aid in digestion. The tea is super tart, so you can add either apples or a sprinkle of sugar to sweeten it up. It’s best drank either at room temperature or hot.

    What’s involved?

    Prep time: 5 mins

    Cook time: 1 hour

    Total time: 1 hour 5 mins

    Serves: 4 cups of tea

    Ingredients

    Cooking Instructions

    1. Soak all the ingredients in warm water for about 5 minutes and rinse clean
    2. Boil your tea water
    3. When the water boils, add all the ingredients together (except the sugar)
    4. Keep covered on a small boil (medium heat) for about 1 hour
    5. Serve hot or warm and add sugar (as needed)

    Benefits

    • Helps reduce the fat content in the body
    • This red date and hawthorn tea will also help reduce blood pressure and bad cholesterol
    • It helps clear the blood of toxins
    • This tea is especially helpful after a meal and helps in digestion

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    • The hawthorn is especially tart and sour, so not everyone will like it like that
    • Take caution when adding sugar (as not to add too much)
    • Be sure to pit the dates (or use pitted dates). The pits are said to be “CHO” – which is very heaty, but not in a good way

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