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Chinese Herbal Tea

Added on May 29, 2013

Chinese herbal tea is a catch-all term for a herbal tea prepared from a variety of chinese herbs. Often bitter, this mixture is usually created by boiling a variety of herbs for a half an hour or even longer. In China it is quite common to buy herbal tea from street stalls, but it is also available in prepackaged or canned preparations and possible to make your own.

canned chinese herbal tea

Ingredients

To brew your own chinese herbal tea, you should use herbs known as “cooling herbs” amongst practicioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. While a variety of herbs qualify, some of the most common herbs to use are: chrysanthemum, jasmine bud, and osmanthus.

Brewing

Once you’ve got your ingredients, you should prepare to boil the tea for a long time. Put the herbs in a pot and cover with water, boil for 30 minutes to an hour. Strain that mixture and boil again for 30 minutes to an hour. Strain that mixture and mix again until you have your herb tea. You can drink it as soon as it reaches a lukewarm temperature. Store it in the refridgerator when not drinking it.

Benefits

Chinese herb tea is an excellent beverage for dealing with the summer heat or sore throats. It is used in China to treat nearly everything, from overheating to indigestions to symptoms of the common cold and headaches.

Flavor

Chinese herb tea’s flavor depends entirely on the herbs used in it, but almost always has a very floral and bitter flavor. It is rarely thought of as tasting good and chasing it with fruit juice is very common.

History

Tea, herbal and normal, has a vibrant and extensive history in China. Recipes for herbal...
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Dandelion Root Tea

Added on May 21, 2013

Dandelions are a common flower, typically considered a weed, whose roots can actually be made into a herbal tea that is not unlike coffee. The roots of the common dandelion (taraxacum officionale) are dried, ground and then cooked. The cooked roots can then be steeped like any other tea – in boiling water – to produce a bitter but flavorful drink called “dandelion coffee” or “dandelion tea.” As dandelion species are common in temperate zones throughout the world, dandelion has quite the history as a herbal medicine, used in Europe, China and North America.

dandelion flower

Brewing

Dandelion tea can be purchased loose or in bags, just like other teas. It should be steeped in boiling water for longer than usual - from 10 to 15 minutes. Use one levelled tablespoon per cup of water. If you’ve got whole dandelion, note that the leaves can also be used in salads in the same way as endives, or boiled to remove bitterness and used as a normal salad green.

Benefits

Dandelion tea is often promoted as a tonic for the digestive system and for the liver. There have not been many high-quality in vivo studies conducted on dandelion, but it is known to be a diuretic (and thus care should be taken not to drink too much) and a very mild laxative.

Flavor

Dandelion tea is noted for having a bitter, nutty aroma, not unlike coffee. Of course, that’s just a comparison: dandelions have their own unique flavor. The cooking of the root does impart a nice toasty flavor that further invites comparisons with coffee.

History

In Chinese Traditional Medicine, use of dandelion root dates back to the year 659 and likely earlier. Although it may have been described by Pliny...
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Ginseng: The Immune System Booster

Added on May 07, 2013

Ginseng is one of the most commonly taken forms of herbal remedies throughout the world. In fact, according to Drugs.com, it’s estimated that more than 7 million are currently taking Ginseng in the United States alone. Both Asian ginseng and American ginseng are referred to as “ginseng”. Both of these forms of ginseng are actively used around the globe to help boost immune systems and overall well-being. Additionally, it’s well understood that ginseng has a positive effect on improving overall physical and mental performance on a daily basis. Clinical trials and animal studies have shown that ginseng can actively help to prevent and reduce the severity of certain illnesses - although the main beneficial factor of it is immune system boosting.

Ginseng has been used for decades for boosting energy and tackling severe diseases, but it’s only until recently that it’s immune system boosting properties have been identified. Ginseng received a tremendous reputation boost after a Canadian trial announced the results of their tests. They showed that Ginseng not only contained properties that could tackle diseases and promote well being, but also boost the immune system to prevent against infections and diseases being developed. Since then, several more clinical trials have taken place and each one has come to the same conclusion. Ginseng, when taken over a period of time, can actively help patients boost their immune systems effectively. Additionally, when patients did catch an infection, such as a cold, Ginseng actively helped in reducing the severity of the symptoms, and helped patients to overcome the infection quicker than usual.

It’s not known what properties within Ginseng help to boost the immune system, but it’s well understood that it does. Ginseng is completely safe to take and there are no known side-effects with taking it regularly. In fact, it’s completely...
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Lemongrass

Added on October 01, 2012 Loose lemongrass

About

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon) is a genus of grasses which valued for their slightly acidic but unique flavor. An essential ingredient in Southeastern Asian cuisine, Lemongrass also makes a great addition to nearly any tea.

Brewing

Brewing with Lemongrass is not difficult. If you happen to have whole lemongrass, make sure to peel off the outer green leaves, as they will make a bitter tea. Then simply slice the grass and place in the tea.

Lemongrass is easy to work with and can be added to any tea you like, as long as it is not steeped for too long. For a straight lemongrass tea, add to boiling water and steep for 3 to 5 minutes.

Flavor

Lemongrass is noted for its lemony (duh) flavor. It is used extensively in Thai cooking for this purpose, but its citrus notes are a great addition to any tea. It is common to add sweetener to balance out the slightly acidic nature of the lemongrass, but it is also easy to appreciate the flavor on its own.

History

Lemongrass is a great herbal tea, but did you know that it’s been used for centuries as an antiseptic? In fact, lemongrass oil was applied to manuscripts made out of dried palm leaves in South and South East Asia.

Recipes

Because of its versatile flavor, lemongrass makes a great addition to nearly any tea.

For a stomach soothing tea, try mixing lemongrass with peppermint and ginger.

For a great sleep aid, try mixing lemongrass in peppermint and chamomile.

In Kerala, India, Lemongrass is an important ingredient in “chukku kappi”, “dry ginger tea”, a great home remedy for cold symptoms.

Growing

Lemongrass is a great addition to any herbal tea garden. It grows readily in...
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Adagio IngenuiTEA Review

Added on September 26, 2012

There are lots of different ways to strain tea, from the ubiquitous teabag to the filtered metal bombilla straw. But not many of them meet the following criteria:

  1. Simple and lightweight. While devices like the Breville One-Touch Tea Maker are nifty, you can’t really take them anywhere and use them on the go.

  2. Reusable. Ideally, you should only have to buy the strainer once every few years if at all.

  3. Can’t be messy. If you wanted a difficult to clean mess, you could just throw all the leaves in the tea and steep it loose.

  4. Inexpensive. When you’re just getting into teas, you don’t want to drop hundreds of dollars on a fancy all in one brewer.

  5. Safe. You don’t want plastic or paper floating around in your tea.

That’s where the Adagio IngenuiTEAcomes in. The Adagio IngenuiTEA is an ingenious (hmm) device for steeping tea.


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