Cooling and Calming Chrysanthemum and Roselle (Hibiscus) Honey Tea

Cooling and Calming Chrysanthemum and Roselle (Hibiscus) Honey Tea

Cooling and Calming Chrysanthemum and Roselle (Hibiscus) Honey Tea

Tea Name:

Chrysanthemum and Roselle (Hibiscus) Honey Tea

Traditional Chinese Name:

菊花茶 (jú huā chá)

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

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Taking a moment?  Want something calming and soothing?  Try this sweet and sour chrysanthemum and roselle honey tea! 

I love the sweet tart flavour of this tea and the calming benefits it brings.  This tea is perfect for hot summer days, cooling the body if you’re feeling too heaty, and calming the spirit and mind.

It’s a yin enhancing tea, so if you’re feeling too heaty, unsettled, or too dry, you can take this to relieve the excess heat and also moisten your lungs and stomach.  

What’s involved?

Prep time: 2 mins

Cook time: 5 mins

Total time: 7 mins

Serves: 2 cups of tea

Ingredients

Cooking Instructions

  1. Add all the dried flowers together with the 2 cups of water and boil on medium heat for 5 minutes or until the tea begins to colour a beautiful dark pink (this is the the hibiscus flower color coming out into the tea)
  2. Set aside for a few minutes to allow the tea to cool before adding honey (as heat will destroy the nutritional properties of honey)
  3. You can add boiling water 2-3 times before the flavours run out (which is why I love these dried flowers)

Benefits

  • This tea is cooling and helps relieve heat in the body (excess yang or yin deficiency)
  • It helps calm and soothe the body and mind
  • Hibiscus is actually a hang over tea!
  • These ingredients store comfortably in room temperature for months.  Just be sure they are in dry conditions.
  • Both these dried flowers are very affordable and are commonly found in supermarkets, herbal shops, and even western herb shops
  • Honey is a neutral ingredient that is calming, relieves pain, and detoxifies the body.  Be sure to let the tea temperature drop a bit as honey loses its beneficial properties in hot temperatures.

  • Roselle, also known as hibiscus, is a calming and cooling herb that actually aids in coughs and hangovers!  It’s got slightly sour tones, so compliments nicely with honey.

Precautions

  • These are cooling ingredients, so if you’ve got yang deficiency, I would add a slice of ginger to balance it out

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Snow Pears and Chen Pi (Tangerine Peels) for Coughs and Congestion

Soup Name:

Recovery Healing Soup (for Wet Coughs, clearing phlegm and congestion)

Chinese Name:

雪梨化痰茶 (xuě lí huà tán chá) 

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It seems that time of year again!  The kids (seems like the whole city) is down with a cough and respiratory illnesses.  Some symptoms include congestion in the chest (which is like a noisy cough basically) and lots of phlegm!

This sweet tea is perfect to support and reduce coughing, including getting rid of dampness in the lungs, and eliminating this phlegm build up. 

The key ingredients here are the apricot kernals, the dried tangerine peels, and the rock sugar to eliminate the phlegm, and the barley to eliminate dampness.

This is not a replacement for any medication or doctor recommendation.  I use this purely as supplemental.

 

What’s involved?

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 25 mins

Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients

 

Cooking Instructions
  1. Soak the tangerine peel for at least an hour until it softens.  Slice thinly or you can keep the whole piece.   I slice it so that I can play around with taste and whether it’s too bitter or not, but this is purely experimental.  I would suggest using a small piece at first.
  2. Cube the fresh snow pear, keeping the skin on (make sure it’s washed).  I’ll only use half for this recipe (3 cups)
  3. Throw everything into a pot (or a boil safe tea pot like this one I found on amazon!)
  4. Boil on medium heat for 15 minutes
  5. Strain, serve and enjoy!
Any benefits?
  • This tea is slightly cooling and designed to target the lungs
  • It helps reduce cough, clear congestion in the lungs and chest area, eliminate phlegm and dampness
  • The power ingredient here is the dried tangerine peel and is definitely an acquired taste.  It’s quite pungent, so use it sparingly at first and just try to find that balance you like.  Some people LOVE this taste and scent.
  • This is a quick boil tea and you can have a tea ready in about 15 minutes
  • A lot of these ingredients are readily available at your local Asian supermarkets
  • Some people will make a big batch of this and store in the fridge (although personally, I’d rewarm or leave it at room temperature for consumption, but hot is best!)

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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)

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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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Heat Clearing Sugarcane and Water Chestnuts and Imperatae Root Herbal Tea

Soup Name:

Heat clearing sugarcane and water chestnuts and imperatae root herbal tea

Traditional Chinese Name:

竹蔗茅根馬蹄湯 (zhú zhè máogēn mǎtí tāng)

 

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A traditional Chinese drink which helps cool the body, reduce heatiness, and clear phlegm and unwanted body fluids. It’s natural sweetness is perfect for hot summer days and this can be drank cold or hot. It is commonly found as a drink in most herbal dessert shops and is even bottled commercially.

The key to this heat clearing tea is the water chestnuts.  I don’t use them often as this version also uses corn, carrots, or corn silk, but I’ve kept it simple for heat clearing only.  The water chestnuts are a very cooling ingredient and combined with the imperatae (or mao gen) root, is extra potent to clear excess yang.  

What’s involved?

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 40 mins

Serves: 6 bowls

Ingredients

 

Cooking Instructions

  1. Prepare your sugar cane by chopping into smaller 2-inch length pieces
  2. Rinse, peel and rinse the water chestnuts.  You can cut into bite-sized edible pieces if you also like eating them.  
  3. Add to cold water into your soup pot
  4. Boil on medium heat covered for 30 minutes
  5. 5 minutes before serving, drop in your rock sugar.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • This is a great tea for BBQ’ing or hotpot as it’s cooling and removes heat from the body, especially the stomach
  • It can served as a tea or soup
  • It is vegetarian, so perfect for any soup or tea drinker
  • This can be drank cold or hot (you’ll often find this as a heated drink served in the streets of Hong Kong)
  • You can make a big pot and store in the fridge for one week.  Just be sure to let it sit to room temperature or heat up before consumption
  • You can have a few variations of this soup or tea depending on ingredients at home (such as adding sugared dried winter melon, water chestnuts, or simply using sugar cane and imperatae)

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Fresh water chestnuts are crispy, firm, and high in water content.  They don’t have the best storage life, so keep them in the fridge as much as you can.  As the water chestnuts “age”, they’ll breakdown and become starchy, have a crumbly texture, and lose it’s moisture content.  Which in turn, makes your soup or tea cloudy, which is still OK, as long as the water chestnuts still hold some of their firmness. 

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Sugar Cane and Imperatae Drink

 

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Apple Chinese Herbal Tea (For Coughs)

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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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Soup Name: White radish with mushrooms and vermicelli in Chicken Soup Chinese Name: 白蘿蔔冬菇粉絲雞湯 (bái luóbo dōng gū fěn sī jī tāng)   For more videos, visit us on YouTube.Sometimes, I want something relatively easy and quick to whip up all in one-pot!  Make a bit of...

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