A Soothing Tea for the Chinese New Year Season
FOR MOST, CHINESE NEW YEAR is a festive season packed with food. From sumptuous reunion dinners to addictive cookies, we (almost) always end up eating more than we should. For this Chinese New Year season, we’ve introduced a comforting drink that’s available in-store : our longan red date tea with ginger.
A Closer Look at our Chinese New Year Tea
Pictured: Our longan red date tea with ginger
Let’s zoom in on the specific ingredients of this hot beverage. You’ll soon realize that this soothing tea contains great health benefits! Read on below to find out more.
Literally translated as ‘Dragon’s Eye’ (Long Yan) for its shiny, black seed, longans are more than just a sweet fruit. They contain nutrients and medicinal properties that have been around since as early as the Chinese Han Dynasty.
Longans are known to be a good blood tonic, and can be used as a cure for anemia – they contain a very high amount of iron (about 20 times that of grapes).
Additionally, longans are a cure for sleeping disorders like insomnia as they have a calming effect on the central nervous system and your heart. As a potassium-rich fruit, it helps maintain blood pressure and is often used as a remedy for stomach problems.
Known as the “king of nuts” for its nutritional value, we often find red dates in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) prescriptions and other brewed herbal tonics. The fruit comes from a shade tree and is higher in potassium, vitamins B1 and B2 when dried. Other than anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, red dates also help stimulate the production of white blood cells. According to ancient Chinese herbal texts, red dates strengthen the spleen and stomach Qi (energy), which in turn helps digestion and soothes the mind.
In fact, many Chinese women consume red dates during their special time of the month, since red dates are known for enriching and replenishing blood. Ladies also drink red dates regularly for a few months to help re-balance the body’s Qi and blood deficiency.
Red date tea is commonly made by soaking dried red dates in boiling water. Some add Manuka honey for more benefits. While red dates and dried longan tea is a common drink during confinement, it helps improve blood circulation and revitalize health.
Ayurveda refers to ginger as a universal medicine. Likewise, Chinese medicine, the other most ancient yet living traditions, also use ginger medicinally because it restores Yang (hot energy). According to researchers, a compound found in raw ginger (6-gingerol) gives it anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Other research also found that ginger helps slow down the loss of brain cells which normally lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
However, ginger is most commonly known for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain. In particular, the phenolic compounds in ginger are what help relieve gastrointestinal irritation. Chewing raw ginger or sipping ginger tea is a common remedy for nausea and morning sickness. It also relieves gas, aids weight loss and relieves heartburn.
The aromatic, spicy root has long been used in both traditional and Western healing systems to make tea. Ginger tea is diaphoretic, working to warm the body from within. Ginger tea contains high levels of vitamin C, amino acids and trace amounts of minerals. Drinking it regularly will help your body absorb nutrients, alleviate stomach pains and improve circulation and digestion.
Putting it all together…
Now that you are aware of the benefits of the three main ingredients in our festive hot drink, you can rest assured that it will be a soothing drink that is beneficial to your body. It will also be a welcome beverage to help you balance out your Chinese New Year feasting.
This soothing drink is available in-store at all Cedele outlets. Head over here to find an outlet near you. Alternatively, purchase the tea together with our festive hampers for yourself or as a gift to a loved one this Chinese New Year.