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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