Last weekend when I was home to see my parents, my mother gave me some dong quai that she had gotten from a Chinese herbal store. She had a big box. And since this herb is slightly warming, we always remember not to use too much of it each time, or to use it too often. Some people (with a yin profile) can probably take this herb more often. In my family, we can’t. So my mother decided to give me some to take home and use.
My mother also suggested using the dong quai to make this revitalizing Dong Quai and Red Date Tea. It is so easy to make – 3 simple steps that anyone can do at home to make this rejuvenating tea. It tastes wonderful too. Maybe not everyone will agree with me on that. It depends on whether you like the taste of ginseng. Dong Quai has a sweet, pungent, and mildly bitter flavor very similar to ginseng. With the addition of red dates in this tea, the resulting flavor is a jujubee sweet and mildly bitter ginseng-y dong quai flavor.
This tea is a traditional recipe in Chinese food therapy. Mostly used by women to replenish the blood supply after a menstruation cycle or child birth. This tea has also been used for centuries by Chinese women to relieve gynecological ailments, or menopausal symptoms. Although this tea is typically drank by women, it is consumed by men also. So enjoy and drink to good health!
|Recipe: Revitalizing Dong Quai and Red Date Tea||
- 3 slices of dong quai (also called radix angelica sinensis)
- 8 pitted dried red dates
- 1 flat tbsp of goji berries (also called wolfberry)
- 2 bowls of water
- Rinse each ingredient briefly under cool water and put them in a clay pot with two cups of water.* **
- Cover and boil over medium heat for 10 minutes or until the water boils.
- Reduce the heat to Low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the tea reduces to about a cup. Serve.
* Always use clay or stoneware to cook herbs. Metal will react with some herbs.
** Dong quai slices should be rinsed very briefly to preserve the nutrients and flavor.
Do not use dong quai if you are pregnant.