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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