5. June 2017

Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea Part 1 ——- Wudang Wild Kudzuvine Roots

One kind of Herbal Tea 花草茶 [huā cǎo chá], roots of wild kudzu vine 葛根 [gé gēn] are harvested in Octobers at high altitude of the Wudang Mountain areas, which has 13 kinds of amino acids, microelements (iron, calcium, zinc, selenium and germanium) and multivitamins, as well as puerarin and daidzein etc.. In China, kudzuvine roots are allowed to use for both food and medicine by the National Ministry of Health.  Once the wild kudzuvine roots are taken out of soil, there are only 72 hours to finish washing, cutting, firing and drying procedures in order to keep roots’ natural color. After sterilizations,  kudzuvine roots are blended with poria cocos, medlar and sealwort, chrysanthemum  in proportion, then   put into infusing bags and sealed into packages.



Herbal Tea Part 2 ——- Honeysuckle Tea

Honeysuckle tea  is blended with honeysuchkle flowers 金银花  [jīn yín huā], cogongrass roots, chrysanthemum and jujube in proportion,   it has  a function of reducing weight, restraining and killing the throat pathogenic bacterias, for the elders and children, it  has an anti-infection effect. Regularly drinking a honeysuckle tea, it could help the treatment and rehabilitation of throat sores, obesity, liver heat-syndrome,  liver-heat type of hypertension.



Herbal Tea Part 3 ——- Wudang wild sealwort

Sealwort 黄精 [huáng jīng] rootstocks  is  edible and also a traditional Chinese medicine,    tonifying spleen and kidney,  moistening lung.  Springs and autumns are harvest seasons,  rootstocks could be  processed many ways  by daoist  medicines   in Mount. Wudang or  directly dried. Sealwort broth, tea  and   medicinal liquor are  popular.



Herbal Tea Part 4 ——- Wudang Wild Glossy Ganoderma

Glossy Ganoderma 灵芝 [líng zhī]   is a kind of fungi growing in humid areas under low light or no light conditions, best  harvest season is  in winters (Jan.-Feb.), wild ones are most in deep forests at  Wudang. It helps   invigorating qi for tranquilization, relieving cough and asthma, prolonging life.    Daoist culture  worships  immortals, because of Glossy Ganoderma’s rare   and  medicinal values, it has been  honored as an immortal herb.



Herbal Tea Part 5 ——- Wudang Wild Rhizoma Gastrodiae

Rhizoma Gastrodiae 天麻 [tiān má],  rootstock is uesd  as  a precious traditional Chinese medicine, together with Glossy Ganoderma help headaches and  insomaia.  It could be cooked with meat, fish or rice… these herbal cuisines  or medicined diets have also   certain medicinal function and health care function.



Herbal Tea Part 5 ——- Jasmine Green Tea

Jasmine Green Tea 茉莉花绿茶 [mò li huā lǜ chá] is one of the ten most famous teas in China. Jasmine Tea is made from Green or Pouchong (Chinese Green) tea leaves that are scented with jasmine flowers. Jasmine flowers are harvested during day-time and stored in a cool place until night. During night-time, the flowers bloom with full fragrance, layered over tea leaves during a scenting process. The quality of Jasmine tea is determined by the quality of green tea used as its base and the effectiveness of the scenting.


Herbal Tea Part 6 ——- Babao covered bowl tea

Babao covered bowl tea 八宝盖碗茶 [bā bǎo gài wǎn chá]  is the most popular tea among Hui Nationalities in Dingxia, China.  Hui people are used to drink  tea mixed with different herbs and spices all the year round, for example,    red jujube,  Chinese wolfberry, walnut kernel, longan,   sesame seed, raisin and preserved fruit… Covered bowl should be heated up first by hot water, and then put tea and other ingredients in and pour boiling water in, leave the cover on for 2-3 minutes. Adding different sugars could   be also a good option, crystal sugar,  brown sugar or white sugar.



Herbal Tea Part 7 ——- Dendrobe Tea

Fresh dendrobe 石斛 [shí hú]   tea is made from fresh   stems  juice, dry stems could be also used for tea. It is also a  traditional Chinese medicine, <Compendium of Materia Medica 本草纲目>   records that, dendrobe helps  to whet the appetite, nourish yin,  clear heat and promote the secretion of saliva or body fluid.



Herbal Tea Part 8 ——- Crab Pincers

Crab pincers 螃蟹脚 [páng xiè jiǎo] as a type of Pu’er tea are grass parasites on hundreds years old ancinet tea trees, they have similar characterestics and brewing methods of Pu’er tea, and even greater health benefits and more endurable than Pu’er. A rare and fascinating type of tea, mostly came from the Jingmai Mountain.Since loose tea looks like crab pincers, people gave the name. Sunlight-dried crab pincers are similar to raw Pu’er in color and turn brownish-red with perservation. Tea soup is light yellow, mellow with a refreshing and sweet aftertaste. Brewed leaves are brownish-red, tough and not easily broken.



Herbal Tea Part 10 ——- Wudang Wild Tremella

Tremella 银耳 [yín ěr]  is a kind of semi-transparent white fungus


Herbal Tea Part 11 ——- Wudang Codonopsis Pilosula

Codonopsis pilosula  党参 [dǎng shēn] is the root of hairy asiabell

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