After months of safety at home, many people have developed sedentary habits, extra pounds, while some others have fed their addictions. Now that colder weather is coming and more restaurants and theaters are opening to the public, we want to look and feel our best. Here are Wing Hop Fung health and beauty teas to address sluggish energy, poor digestion and stress.
People who love sweets, candy, pastries, and excess sweet fruit or fake sweeteners, especially corn syrup which is added to many foods, risk extra pounds, blood sugar highs and lows and diabetes.
Lo Han Guo
Monk Fruit (lo han guo) a dried pod, is one of the best natural sweeteners for soups and teas that can address digestive health and lung dryness. It is sweeter than sugar but safe for diabetes. It also improves chronic thirst, dry mouth and dry skin stemming from lung inflammation.
Crush 1 Lo Han Gou pod
2. Add about 1 liter of water in the pot,
3. Put in the crushed Lo Han Gou (shell and seeds) into the water and bring to boil, turn to medium heat and simmer for another 20 ~ 30 minutes.
4. After it is cold filter it with a strainer, and store it. It can be used then. The dross can be used again, boiled for the second time, from 45 to 1 hour.
5. You can enjoy it warm or cold. Keep it in the refrigerator for about 2 ~ 3 weeks.
We also like to boil it with other herbs such as white fungus, lotus nuts, goji berries, dried longan, or chrysanthemum.
Stevia Leaf Tea
Stevia powder is a well-known natural sweetener available in groceries and online. The leaf also makes a pleasant tea, that lacks the bitter taste of the concentrated powder. It is a safe sweetener for diabetes, improves heart health and aids in weight loss.
Often reducing tension improves other health issues, including hypertension, irritability, acne, and insomnia. Here are relaxing teas that have many health benefits.
Notoginseng flower/Tian Qi Flower Tea
Tienqi ginseng flower can be brewed as a tea to relieve headache, stiff jaw, acne, irritability and hypertension. Add 2 flowers to a cup of hot water, steep it 3 - 5 minutes and enjoy the unusual sweet flavor and aroma. Its appearance is a small greenish bud that looks like dried broccoli flowers. The taste is vegetal, cooling, and slightly minty. It has similar taste and benefits as American ginseng. Tienqi is highly prized throughout Asia for its traditional use of relieving pain, its healing properties, and in aiding in retaining fluid levels.
Mulberry Leaf Tea
Mulberry Leaf Tea is handpicked from the Mulberry bush and then pan dried shortly after. This process results in a dark, long, and thin leaf appearance. When brewed, the leaves unfurl to yield a subtle sweet cinnamon-like flavor. A remarkable fact about Mulberry leaves is that it prevents sugar from entering into the bloodstream, and as a result, this tea is also called Sugar Control Herbal Tea, or Blood Cleansing Herbal Tea. Other health benefits may include anti-diabetic, cholesterol control, anti-hypertensive, and complexion enhancement.
Mulberry leaves contain γ-aminobutyric acid the content of which is 3-4 times that of green tea. It has been used to improve weight loss, beauty, and the common cold and its symptoms, muscle and joint pain such as arthritis, constipation, dizziness, ringing in the ears, hair loss, and premature graying. (rxlist.com)
Pu’er is a fermented Chinese tea that aids digestion like a probiotic. It is processed either green (raw pu’er) or dark, earthy and grounding aged pu’er which is rich in flavor and with a satisfying aroma that may help reduce a coffee habit. Digestive teas are very beneficial for the heart and mind. There are forms of pu’er that add other herbs such as orange peel, which enhances the digestive quality of the tea.
A delicious herbal tea is like a garden vacation. It sets us at ease and supports our healthy heart. With a calm, steady heart and strong digestion, we can enjoy the best of any season.