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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Apple Chinese Herbal Tea (For Coughs)

Apple Chinese Herbal Tea (For Coughs)

Soup Name

Apple Chinese Herbal Tea (For Coughs)

Traditional Chinese Name:  

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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.

 

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Cooking Instructions

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  2. Half your apples, keeping the skin on (so they don’t completely disintegrate into the tea)
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Ladies’ Monthly Tea

Soup Name: Ladies’ Monthly Tea

Traditional Chinese Name: 女性恩物湯 (nǚ xìng ēn wù tāng)

Introduction:

My herbalist recommended this “special ladies’ drink” or tea because I complained about an irregular period and serious cramps (almost death like).  He’s suggested to make this drink in small portions, once a month and drink one cup a few days before my expected start days to help relieve the cramping, calm the body, and eliminate the wetness and then one more cup after the end of the period.  Drink this for about 3 months and then see what happens.  This is probably one of the more medicinal drinks I have posted and made and to be honest, it smells and tastes as bad as it looks.  It’s quite bitter (and he did say to absolutely not add sugar – as it’s not needed) and has a very unique aftertaste.  Did it work?  I can’t say because this is the second month I’ve drank it.  However, all the ingredients suggested are “warm” and individual ingredients do target areas in the stomach, spleen, and intestines.  I will save my mixed thoughts on Chinese medicine for a rainy day post, however, my herbalist did say that he has regular customers who do buy, make and drink this (women customers) and they have found it effective.  It’s not overly potent for an adult and doesn’t take too much effort to make.

What ingredients are required?

15g dried Chinese foxglove root
10g dried angelica root slices
15 g dried chuanxiong
20g dried fu ling or tuckahoe
15g dried atractylodes or bai zhu
10g fried dried licorice root
5g dried white peony root
10g dried blue dates
4 cups of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Soak all ingredients in warm water for ten minutes
  2. In a pot of 1.5 cups of boiling water, throw all the ingredients in together and cover
  3. Boil for an hour (while keeping it covered)
  4. This should make about 1 cups worth (for you and only you!)
  5. Serve warm and enjoy (as it is not recommended during menstruation cycles to drink cold things)

Any benefits?

  • This soup is meant and created for women to help relieve cramping, eliminate wetness and calm the body
  • It is a warming tea and should be drank warm (or hot)
  • Reduces the deficiency in qi and blood (similar to post partem symptoms)

Any precautions?

  • This drink is packed with Chinese medicine and herbs, so take with caution
  • Not recommended for children (as some of the herbs can be quite potent)
  • It is not the tastiest drink in the world
  • Be sure to purchase all Chinese medicine from a reputable source
  • These drinks are meant to be supplements and shouldn’t be taken as medical advice

Any other information?

  • I bought this prepackaged and 1 pack cost $22 HKD
  • Ask your local herbalist or vendor to “make” the pack for you rather than buy it separately (they usually know what to put in it, more or less, pending your body’s condition)