Are you contemplating to fight the crowds for a little taste of Black Friday? It’s Thanksgiving tradition. Why not?! You will be ready for the challenge with this homemade remedy tea that sure will keep you hydrated, warm, and focus to score some slick deals.
This is one drink I remember vividly my Mom made, for me, probably once a month, when I was living at home. It has dried red dates, longans, and ginger. It’s a Chinese herbal tea that has many benefits:
– promote blood circulation
– warm the stomach and body
– nourish nerves (especially tired eyes from long hour of staring at monitors)
– soothe discomfort from menstrual cramps
– ease sore throat
– nourish facial skin color
– no caffeine, no alcohol, no sugar
– contain all natural ingredients
The dates, also knows as jujube, sweet, nourishing the nerves, take care of the stomach, as well as anti-cancer effect. Dried longans, sweet and chewy, complement the heart and beneficial blood. Brown sugar believes to help blood circulation, to relieve menstrual pain, and help menstrual flow.
As weather gets colder, often due to poor blood circulation, you would feel dizzy, especially women, try a cup or two of longan red date ginger tea. As flu season is approaching, try a cup of two of this cold remedy tea to avoid or ease your cold.
P.S. Everyday usage is not recommended because the ingredients are “warm” energy of food, according to Chinese Medicine.
Longan Red Date Ginger Tea（桂圓紅棗薑茶）
Serving: 10 cups
10 cups water
25 dried red dates, vertically sliced
2 inch ginger, peeled, thinly sliced
1 pear, quartered
10 dried longans
brown sugar for taste (optional)
pine nuts for garnish (optional)
Fill a pot with water. Add dates, ginger, pear and longans. Cover and bring to a boil on high heat. Then turn heat to low and simmer for at least an hour.
Strain juice to reserve and discard the ingredients.
Sweeten with brown sugar as desire. Longans, dates, and pear are natural sweeteners. Taste before adding.
Serve it hot or cold with pine nuts.
Very interesting post! Thanks for sharing!
I like it cold and it taste just like a fruit punch 🙂
And it makes a really comfort hot drink on a cold rainy day as well. love the beautiful touch of adding pine nuts to serve.
Looks healthy and delicious. Thanks for the recipe.
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hi…thank you for the informative post and recipe. I just bought red dates from the supermarket thinking they were dried chillies but i realized they were dates when i got home. I had never even heard the concept of red dates. I googled and found your post. The tea recipe is very useful but i have a question. I red that red dates were supposed to be chewy but mine are almost like stone and are difficult to cut even with a knife. Is that normal?
Hi Violet! Some dried red dates could get really hard perhaps they are overdried and are not seedless. You could try to soak them in water for 30 minutes or so to soften them before cutting. If the ones you bought have seeds, halve the dates lengthwise to de-seed. However, you could use them as whole in cooking, like soup or perhaps this tea recipe. as well. Hope this help. ~Irene
Actually TCM recommend the removal of the seeds in red dates because they are very “chou”. It’s heaty but in a bad way. So regardless, best to deseed red dates.
Where did u buy these dates from
Hi Sadia! Sorry for the late reply as I was away at a remote area with no wifi access for a while. You could pretty much get them from any oriental supermarket or groceries.
Thanks Irene, that was very helpful. I shall try it 🙂
Must we really put dried longang, cos at the moment I do not have. Will it still be effiicient to serve as cold remedy tea without dried longan?
Thanks and awaiting your reply
If dried longan is not available, you could still make the drink to sooth cold. The other ingredients are a great blend together too and provide sufficient nourishment.
According to Chinese medicine, adding dried longan helps to calm the body so you can sleep better as well as nourishes the eyes.
Thanks for stopping by.
Thanks for your prompt reply. Though far away without my family in France, I am really happy to come across your website. Thanks for the effort and time updating your website.
Rosalind from France
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You are very welcome. I am glad I could help. It gets tough sometimes when you miss family from far away. Come back anytime when you need a hand or just talk 🙂
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