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!!  

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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:  

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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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    Lung Moisturizing Tea

    Soup Name: Lung Moisturizing Tea

    Traditional Chinese Name: 肺燥荼 (fèi zào tú)

    Introduction:
    A delicious, naturally sweet tea or drink that really does help relieve that pesky sore throat or dryness that is developed over the cold winter months.  It’s pretty surprising how dry it can get in Hong Kong during the cold winter months and without central heating, I sometimes turn on the heat (for my kids OK?) and then your whole body becomes a dry, shriveled prune.  On top of that, if I don’t turn on the heat, I sometimes wake up with a terrible, stinging sore throat.  So either way, an excellent supplement of water for my body and moisture for my lungs.

    What Ingredients are required?

    15 pieces of Lu Gen
    3 pieces of bellflower root
    3-4 pieces of dried snow pear
    1 fresh snow pear, cut and seeded (optional)
    10 stalks of
    rhizoma imperatae or mao gen
    2 honey dates
    1 tablespoon of apricot kernals
    1 lump of rock sugar (optional and custom to taste)
    2 L of water


    How do I prepare it?

    1. Boil your water
    2. Rinse all the ingredients under warm water
    3. Add all the ingredients together once your water is boiling (except the rock sugar)
    4. Boil on high for 30 minutes and reduce to a simmer for another 30 minutes
    5. Add rock sugar and boil for another 5 minutes
    6. Serve either warm or cool

    Any benefits?

    • Excellent for relieving sore throats or fever
    • Ideal for dry autumn or winter consumption as it helps moisten the lungs
    • Low in fat
    • Naturally sweet
    • Easy to make

    Any precautions?

    • It is a very cooling drink, so drink in moderation (or avoid it) during the first trimester of a pregnancy
    • Take caution if menstruating as cooling drinks cause contractions and cramps
    • Some people who can’t take too cooling foods may get headaches or feel light headed after drinking

    Additional Information?

    • You can make a big pot and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.  It’s great because you can either drink it cold or simply reheat in the microwave.

    Ginseng with Honey Tea

    Soup Name: Ginseng with Honey Tea

    Traditional Chinese Name: 人參茶 (Rénshēn Chá)

    Introduction:
    An extremely easy and common Chinese tea/drink that is one of the traditional cooling teas.  It relieves heatiness, expels heat from the body and is overall healthy for the body.  Although slightly bitter in after taste, adding some honey or rock sugar can help make this tea delicious.  There are a variety of recipes for ginseng tea with varying Chinese herbs, but this is the most basic.

    What Ingredients are required?

    1-2 pieces of dried ginseng (pending how bitter you’d like it)
    1 tablespoon of honey
    2-3 L of water

    How do I prepare it?

    1. Cut up long ginseng piece into slices (for releasing more ginseng flavor into the tea)
    2. Add ginseng to water and boil covered for 30 minutes
    3. Strain and add honey
    4. Can be served chilled

    Another way to prepare this tea is without boiling.  You can simply steep the ginseng like normal tea leaves in a cup of hot/boiling water.  Stir to distribute flavor and then add honey or rock sugar.

    Any benefits?

    • Excellent for removing heatiness from the body
    • Great anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties
    • Extremely easy to make
    • Can help reduce fatigue, lower cholesterol and prevent infections

    Any precautions?

    • Ginseng is a cooling food and should be avoided in women who are in their first trimester or in postpartum (confinement)