Healing yourself naturally is one of the nicest things you can do for your body. These 5 Chinese herbal teas will heal you. So, read on and see which ones you need right now.
Tea Is One Of Nature’s Best Medicines
I never used to be a huge tea drinker. I always thought it tasted like water and I didn’t find it satisfying. Ugh… what was I thinking? It wasn’t until I began practicing Chinese medicine that I fully began to understand the amazing benefits of healing teas.
When you learn to combine different tenets of the various healing modalities available, you can truly heal yourself with food, herbs, supplements… and teas. The combination of principles from western medicine, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and Mother Nature allows us access to everything the body needs. But, I know how hard it is to sift through all of this research and all of these ideas. And the last thing you need is more stress… but did you know that tea drinkers actually have less stress?
But, that’s what you have me for…
There are so many teas with so many healing super-powers that it was hard for me to choose my top five. I tried to choose the ones I think will benefit most people and heal some of the most common health concerns. But, if you want more information for some of your more specific concerns, be sure to sign up for a free phone consultation with me and I’ll be happy to suggest a tea more specifically geared toward your needs… I love to do this!
I’m aware that some of these ingredients will be foreign to you. That’s okay. Trying new things is one of the things that keeps our minds and our bodies healthy. Don’t be hesitant to ask me any questions you have or to ask me where to purchase an ingredient you can’t find… just leave a comment below or CLICK HERE for a free phone consultation… can you tell how much I really want you to try these awesome healing teas???
Oh, and if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try one of these Alternative Healing Hot Drinks For Tea Lovers.
Below, you’ll find a list of 5 Chinese herbal teas that will heal you. Really. From the inside out.
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Chinese Herbs Are Incredibly Healing — Which Ones Do You Need Now?
Pick your favorites from below. And then start your own relaxing tea drinking ritual to really heal yourself and relax. Read about How To Make The Perfect Cup Of Hot Tea At Home, and then pick your herbs below.
1. Honeysuckle (Jin Yin Hua)
The Why: This Chinese herb has traditionally been used for swelling and sore throats, but recently there’s been a lot of talk about it’s chemo-protective abilities.
The How: Take a handful of these dried flours, pour boiling water over them and let steep for about seven minutes. Drink it as is, or you can add honey or lemon.
Optional Combinations: If you are feeling like you are getting sick, steep some dried mint leaves along with the honeysuckle.
2. Jujube Fruit (Da Zao)
The Why: Da Zao is an amazing fruit. Sometimes I eat them straight from the bag… but the healing power created by steeping them in tea is extraordinary. These Chinese dates give you energy, while simultaneously calming your mind. It’s good for when you are feeling weak and lethargic and also when you are feeling really irritable. Caution: don’t use Da Zao if you are exceptionally bloated or have an intestinal parasite.
The How: Using a sharp knife, make a few slits in 2 of the dates. Pour boiling water over them, let stand for 5 minutes, then drink up and eat the fruit when the water is gone.
Optional Combinations: Put a few slices of fresh ginger into your water as it boils (let it boil for 15 minutes), and pour this ginger water over the Da Zao — this can be a great tea if you are feeling weak and a little out of sorts. Another thing I like to do sometimes is to add about a teaspoon of goji berries (Gou Qi Zi) to the dates and let them steep together. This super red tea is great for energy.
3. Chrysanthemum Flower (Ju Hua)
The Why: This is a magical tea for eye problems. If you have tired eyes, a stye, pink-eye, red eyes, etc., this is a tea for you. It’s also great if you are feeling week with low energy.
The How: Boil some water and pour it over 5 or 6 of these beautiful dried flowers. Let steep for about five minutes. If you have an active eye irritation, put a 3 or 4 flowers into a small ramekin and let it sit about 15 minutes. Soak a cotton ball in this mixture, then dab your eye with it. Soak the cotton enough so that you can squeeze some of the liquid into your eye, then close your eye and place the soaked cotton on the closed eyelid for about 10 minutes. Repeat this a few times a day.
Optional Combination: Add some goji berries (Gou Qi Zi) if along with the eye problem you also have a headache or dizziness.
4. Scallion And Ginger (Cong Bai And Sheng Jiang)
The Why: The roots of scallions are a very powerful Chinese herb (Cong Bai). Fresh ginger is another powerful Chinese herb (Sheng Jiang). When you combine these two together in a tea, you have one of the strongest immune-boosting, cold-and-flu-busting potions available. This tea, will make your body sweat out the sickness. This works amazingly well at the first signs of sickness; if you are already a few days into the sickness, then this won’t work as well. Caution: do not use this tea if you have a fever.
The How: Fill a small pot with about three cups of water. Cut up 2 scallions into 2-inch pieces, making sure you use the root (I know, this is usually discarded, but it’s the most important part of this healing tea). Slice up a finger of fresh ginger root — you’ll need about 6 quarter-size slices (no need to peel it). Add these cut up scallions and ginger to the water and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain into a large mug and drink it while it’s hot. It’s best to do this right before bed at night. Drink the tea, put on some warm clothing, including a sweatshirt with a hood and a pair of socks. Then get into bed and let the tea work it’s magic. You will sweat; this is good. In the morning, take a shower to wash off all of the toxins, and you will feel so much better.
5. Reishi/Ganoderma (Ling Zhi)
The Why: Reishi mushrooms are a longevity superfood. They truly are incredible. They are good for sleep disorders, they help calm the mind, boost your immune system, and nourish your blood and qi. These mushrooms nourish your brain and help with memory. Recent research has show them to be effective at fighting cancer and at detoxifying your liver… so what are you waiting for?
The How: These mushrooms are available in many different forms — capsules, tablets, powders, and teas. Have a cup of tea before bed and it will do you wonders. I suggest buying this in one of the now readily available powder elixir forms on line. All you do is pour some boiling water into a cup, stir in the elixir powder, and drink it up. This is also good first thing in the morning. Sometimes I’ll brew a cup and then blend it up with a little coconut oil and ghee for a real boost of energy.
Chinese herbs are amazing. They are truly healing. And, if you combine them with the right food and supplements, you really have a powerful healing protocol. One of my favorite things to do is to introduce newbies to Chinese herbs because they help so much with so many things. If you’d like a free phone consultation, please go to my calendar now and pick a time slot that works for you. We can discuss herbs and food that will help whatever your concerns are. It’s only food — it’s not rocket science — together we can help you live your best life.
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Another article you may be interested in is: How To Fight Seasonal Allergies With Food And Herbs.