As the summer heat intensifies, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) guides us toward cooling foods and teas to balance the hot and sultry environment. They are not only nourishing and cooling but provide antioxidants which also can help with the strong sun exposure during summer.
In traditional Chinese medicine, we learn that the key to seasonal health during these sizzling summer months is to incorporate cooling foods into our diet.
Cooling foods are not simply foods that are cold in temperature, but rather foods identified by their inherent cooling properties. Overconsumption of physically cold or raw foods can, in fact, disrupt the balance of your digestion and Qi.
A perfect solution to maintaining this delicate balance is a herbal tea that not only provides relief from the summer heat but also tantalizes your taste buds. This refreshing brew harnesses the virtues of Chinese herbs, offering a delightful way to enjoy your summer in harmony with nature’s rhythms.
The Powerhouse Pair: Chrysanthemum and Wolfberry Tea
In our special summer recipe, we bring together the rejuvenating properties of Chrysanthemum (Ju Hua) and Wolfberries (Gou Qi Zi), known for their cooling attributes.
Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum Flowers) and Gou Qi Zi (Wolfberries): 6 grams each
Sugar: 1 cube
Hot Water: As required
Combine the Chrysanthemum flowers, wolfberries, and sugar in a cup, then pour hot water over them. Once prepared, feel free to savor this aromatic blend. The best part? You can refill the cup multiple times using the same herbs.
The Harmony of Herbs
In Chinese herbology, each herb is determined to have a specific taste and temperature which dictates its function.
Chrysanthemum flowers, characterized by their light and sweet flavor, are often recommended for sore throats, dry eyes, and immune system enhancement. Recent studies suggest that these flowers may combat harmful bacteria and promote healthy gut flora. (1)
Wolfberries, celebrated for their sweet flavor and tonifying properties, contribute to the body’s energy or qi and are often used to enhance vision. These potent berries are packed with antioxidants and may aid in managing neurological conditions such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.(2)
Together, the cooling attributes of Ju Hua and the hydrating effects of Gou Qi Zi combat dehydration and provide relief from summer-induced colds and headaches. This potent pair can also aid in alleviating symptoms of eye allergies, such as redness and tearing
So, this summer, embrace the scorching heat with our refreshing herbal tea, drawing on the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine to maintain your body’s equilibrium.
1. Tao JH, Duan JA, Qian YY, et al. Investigation on the interactions between the Chrysanthemum morifolium flowers extract and intestinal bacteria from human and rat. Biomed Chromatogr.2016;10.1002/bmc.3756PMID: 27151775.
2. Xing X, Liu F, Xiao J, et al. Neuro-protective Mechanisms of Lycium barbarum. Neuromolecular Med.2016;10.1007/s12017-016-8393-yPMID: 27033360.