Warming Chinese Herbal Tea for Menstruation and Menopause

Warming Chinese Herbal Tea for Menstruation and Menopause

Warming Chinese Herbal Tea for Menstruation and Menopause

Tea Name:

Warming Chinese Herbal Tea for Menstruation and Menopause

Traditional Chinese Name:

女士茶 (nǚ shì chá)

Nature:  Warming

Taste: Sweet

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This warming Chinese herbal tea is designed to heal, promote stagnant Qi in the body, and alleviate pain during premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and (pre) menopause symptoms.  Some of these symptoms include depression, mood swing, irritability, or anxiousness, which is caused by stagnant Qi.

One of the key ingredients are roses, which helps harmonize the blood, reduce inflammation and swelling, and calms the heart and spirit (Shen) [you can also add 2-3 dried red dates].  Roses are one of my favourites, tasting of slightly sweet and so fragrant.  

The more herbal ingredients are the dong quai and the licorice and by adding the warming cinnamon and rock sugar, helps neutral a bit of the bitterness.  This tea starts off tasting tangy sweet with a tail of bitterness, golden and smooth to the end.

I drink 1-2 cups a day on the first and second day of my period or when I’m feeling the onset of agitation (PMS) and helps me to ease the cramping pains and just allow my mind to calm and not feel so agitated!  It’s that warmth that washes over my body!

What’s involved?

Prep time: 2 mins

Cook time: 10 mins (boil time)

Total time: 12 mins

Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients
    Cooking Instructions
    1. Add all the ingredients into a stove top safe glass tea pot (except the rock sugar) and boil on medium high heat for 10 minutes, keeping it covered
    2. At the last minute, add in the rock sugar and boil until full dissolved.  The tea should be a deep, dark, rich purple-red, which is the hibiscus color into the tea.
    3. Serve and enjoy!  Drink while it’s still warm!
    Any benefits?
    • This Chinese herbal tea is warming and soothing
    • This tea tonifies and nourishes stagnant Qi 
    • Often used to support blood stagnation and promote blood flow in the body
    • Qi stagnation usually shows up as psychological such as depression, irritability, anxiousness, or mood swing (roses can help!), which is often found with premenstrual syndrome or menopause
    • Helps stops spasms and alleviates pain
    • Easy to make with readily available ingredients in the house

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    Dried Red Rose Buds

    Dried Red Rose Buds

    Dried Red Rose Buds

    Ingredient Name:

    Dried roses, dried rose buds, rose rugosa, China rose, red roses

    Traditional Chinese Name:

    玫瑰花 (méi guī huā)

    Nature:  Slightly warming (due to the drying and heating process of the flowers)

    Taste:  Sweet, bitter

    You can get started on your Chinese Soup Kitchen Pantry from this video!  While dried flowers aren’t usually used in Chinese soups, they are certainly staple in Chinese Herbal Teas!

     

     

    I’m a big fan of roses!  They remind me of smiles and love.  While not commonly used in Chinese Herbal Teas so much, they are very popular in the Western selection of teas and stem from way back in Western culture especially in an apothecary and healing capacity.  However, rose buds and roses are used in so many cuisines and dishes, such as teas (hot and cold), desserts, cakes, as flavouring, or as decorative in and on food.

    What’s used are the dried rose petals and buds of the flower.  They are fragrant, slightly sweet (and bitter), and have quite a unique taste to the tea.  I usually keep a bag of these in my herbal tea pantry and they have amazing shelf life!  You can harvest your own red rose petals or buds from your own rose garden (if you have one!).  The buds are before the flower blooms  or after bloom, you can simply take the petals as well.  

    The best thing for me about rose buds in Chinese Herbal teas is that they help with stagnant Qi and blood.  Stagnant Qi shows up as mood swings, irritability, annoyance (sometimes the onset of PMS) and greatly helps with this during menopause as well.  Roses are an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamins (C and E) and helps to improve sleep and moods.

    How do I prepare it?

        • Typically no preparation needed.  If I’m using purchased rose buds or petals, I will use directly from the bag into my tea cup or glass stove top safe tea pot.
        • You can presoak or rinse in cool water to remove any bugs, debris, or 

    What is the cost & where to buy?

        • The price will range depending on the size, make, and brand of the dried flowers, especially if it’s organic or not

        • There are smaller full buds, which tend to be more expensive, or the shredded bloomed ones, which are cheaper
        • In general, one ounce of dried loose flowers can cost around $3-4 CAD (but I have seen the range quite wide)
        • Red roses are commonly found in both Western and Eastern stores (both online and instore)

    Any benefits?

        • Dried rose buds helps regulate Qi and blood
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