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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    Cooling Snow Pears and Apples in a Chrysanthemum Tea

    Cooling Snow Pears and Apples in a Chrysanthemum Tea

    Cooling Snow Pears and Apples in a Chrysanthemum Tea

    Tea Name:

    Cooling Snow Pears and Apples in a Chrysanthemum Tea

    Traditional Chinese Name:

    雪梨蘋果菊花清熱茶 (xuě lí píng guǒ jú huā qīng rè chá) 

    Nature:  Cooling

    Taste: Sweet and sour

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    When it’s hot, stuffy and the temperatures are blowing the thermometers through the roof, this deliciously sweet and tart tea is perfect for this type of weather!

    The mercury hit 32 C yesterday and what better way to cool the body than with a cooling, sweet tea that can help reduce internal heat, clears and disperses dryness, and moistens the lungs and stomach.   

    The amazing thing about this tea is that you can also enjoy the snow pear and apples as part of the tea.  With the right cook time of 10 minutes, parts of the fruit are still semi-crunchy!  So delicious!  And you don’t need to add any sugar or honey because of the natural sugars of the fruit.

     

    What’s involved?

    Prep time: 10 mins

    Cook time: 20 mins

    Total time: 30 mins

    Serves: 2 cups

    Ingredients
    Cooking Instructions
    1. Cut up your snow pears and apples into cubes, keeping the skin on.  This helps hold it together and not disintegrate, but actually, from a Traditional Chinese Medicine benefit perspective, it’s the skins that hold the most value!  I talk about this below a little more!
    2. In a stove top safe ceramic or glass pot, add all your ingredients together
    3. Boil on medium high for 10 minutes, or until it’s bubbling for at least a good 5 minutes to really get the flavours out
    4. Serve and enjoy!
    5. You don’t need to add any honey or sugars at all!  

    Snow pear are amazing for cooling and moisturizing the body, targeting the lungs and stomach.  It’s perfect for yin deficiencies (which includes cough) and reducing fire in the body and lungs.

    It’s actually the skin of the snow pear that has the most power!  That’s why I keep them on when I’m making a tea with them or a soup.  And they provide a good source of fiber for the body.

    Alternatively, if you don’t eat snow pear skins when you’re having the fruit, I would suggest to keep the peeled skin to dry, or freeze in a ziploc to save for use in soups or teas, but you don’t need to eat them!

     

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    Ginger, Red Roses, and Red Dates Tea with Honey

    Ginger, Red Roses, and Red Dates Tea with Honey

    Ginger, Red Roses, and Red Dates Tea with Honey

    Tea Name:

    Ginger, Red Roses, and Red Dates Tea with Honey

    Traditional Chinese Name:

    玫瑰姜茶 (méiguī jiāng chá)

    This tea is sweet to taste and warming in nature and dispel wind and cold.

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    This is currently my go-to-tea post cold run or ride or any moments where I feel I’ve taken in too much cold-wind into my lungs.  This tea is designed to warm the body (and lungs) and dispel dampness.  This is what happens when you have too much yin.  I know this is happening because my run begins to dribble, my hands and feet become cold, and my complexion pales!  All signs of excess yin!
    What’s involved?
    Prep time: 5 mins

    Cook time: 5 mins

    Total time: 10 mins

    Serves: 2 cups of tea

    Ingredients
    Cooking Instructions
    1. Use sliced ginger to allow the flavours to really come out
    2. There are 2 ways you can make this:  Steeped or boiled
    3. If boiling, use a safe pot, add all the ingredients except the honey
    4. Boil on medium high for 2 minutes (or until bubbling) and reduce to a low simmer for another 3 minutes
    5. Set aside and let it cook for 2-3 minutes
    6. Add desired amount of honey, although try it first as the roses and dates are already naturally sweet!
    7. Serve and enjoy!
    Benefits
    • This tea is warming and helps relieve dampness and wind-cold in the body (excess yin)
    • I love how simple and readily accessible these ingredients are
    • Ginger is the key ingredient here to drive out wind and cold, while the other ingredients are also additionally warming
    • You can make this as a steeped tea or boiled 

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    Monk Fruit and Chrysanthemum Flower Herbal Tea (for dry coughs and yin deficiency)

    Monk Fruit and Chrysanthemum Flower Herbal Tea (for dry coughs and yin deficiency)

    Monk Fruit and Chrysanthemum Flower Herbal Tea (for dry coughs and yin deficiency)

    Soup Name:

    Monk Fruit and Chrysanthemum Flower Herbal Tea (for dry coughs and yin deficiency)

    Traditional Chinese Name:

    羅漢果菊花茶 (luó hàn guǒ jú huā chá)

    This tea is slightly cooling in nature and sweet to taste.

     

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    This morning, I woke up with a dry and itchy throat with an on and off dry cough, a bit of sore throat, some shallow breathing, and a feeling of overall cold.  This is what I call temporary yin deficiency (of the lung).  I was riding the day before in 3C and with prolonged lung exposure to a cold environment, the onset of yin deficiency was topical and pretty quick to show itself.  Which means, I could also address it right away! 

    Lung yin deficiency shows up as dry and fire in the lungs, which is sometimes mistaken for excess yang.  It can feel ticklish in the throat and just not comfortable to speak.

    This sweet tea will help cool and moisten the lungs and throat, calm the dry cough, and restore balance between yin and yang in the body.  Keeping monk fruit and dried chrysanthemum flowers in my pantry are great because I can quickly throw together a tea

    What’s involved?

    Prep time: 5 mins

    Cook time: 1 hour

    Total time: 1 hour 5 mins

    Serves: 2 cups

    Ingredients

     

    Cooking Instructions
    1. Add all the ingredients into a ceramic or glass pot
    2. Pour in 4 cups of cold water
    3. Set to high for 10 minutes (or until it begins to boil)
    4. Cover and reduce heat to a low boil
    5. Boil for an hour
    6. When you’re ready to serve, you can drop in the rock sugar and mix until dissolved or add honey after you’ve served (as not to breakdown the honey in the boiling water)
    7. Strain and serve.  Drink hot!  Enjoy!
    Any benefits?
    • This soup is perfect for nourishing and tonifying the lungs
    • It helps with cough, especially a dry cough where there is Yin deficiency (or appears as heaty)
    • It’s a sweet tea that is perfect for the whole family
    • It’s a cooling tea and helps cool and lubricate the lungs

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    The monk fruit!  This is the slightly less dry version.  You’ll notice it’s more green and less brown.  This one is a little more expensive, coming in at $2 CAD per monk fruit.  You’ll also notice a thin layer of sugared coating, so it is a bit sticky to touch, but that’s just the sugars of the fruit on the skin.  The great thing about the greener version is that it isn’t as pungent or sweet, so you can use half in a soup to give is just enough of that flavour.  If it’s the heavily dried version, I will only use a quarter in 3L of soup water.  This is also great in teas!!  

    Thank you so much to the community for sharing your comments and progress!

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    This is a recent instagram follower who used the monk fruit (or luo han guo) tea to help with a dry cough.  And yes, this is your definite go-to ingredient for dry cough, where dried tangerine peel is your go-to for the more phlegm and wet cough.

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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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