China is famous for tea, and rightly so being the birthplace and the largest producer of teas. The Chinese, especially those who are familiar with Chinese medicine, not only drink tea from tea plants, they also drink tea of all other sorts.
These other varieties of ‘tea’ are not actually tea since they don’t come from tea plants; strictly speaking, they are infusions.
Wolfberry (Gouji Berry) – Add a few to hot water for a sweet earthly taste. They nourish liver, kidney, and bodily Yin, can improve eye sight, reduce early graying of hair, enhance energy levels, and are believed to have anti-cancer properties. Read more in my free ebook. Buy online.
Lotus Leaf (He Ye) – Break off some palm-sized pieces from the large lotus leaf (or buy tea-bagged), place in a cup, and pour boiling water over. Lotus leaf clears dampness, phlegm, and edema from the body. It is particularly noted for its weight-loss properties without negative side effects.
Cassia Seed (Jue Ming Zi) – Just cover the seeds in hot water and wait about 15-20 minutes to allow them to open up, then fill the glass with hot water for drinking. They’ll have a subtle coffee-like flavor. Cassia seeds moisten and relax the bowels, and thus are good for constipation and are used for weight loss. This tea is also good for red-swollen eyes, particularly in the summer.
Rose Bud (Mei Gui Hua) – Pour boiling water over rose buds for a sweet, mellow tea. This is a great healthy tea, but it is especially popular with women to relieve menstrual pain and similar symptoms. This is also one of the Chinese’ favorite beauty teas and can soothe the liver. Buy online
Ginger – Add ginger and water to a pot and simmer for about 20minutes. During the winter time, or for women who feel cold pain in their abdomen associated with menstruation, add brown sugar to the pot. During the summer, use honey to sweeten if the ginger is too strong. This is an instant cure for early stage colds, cough and sore throat. Ginger also fights nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, as well as menstrual pain. Read more in my free ebook.