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.