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Red Date Tea

Last month I posted a photo of Red Date Tea, for Cee’s Fun Photography ‘Burgundy or Maroon’ theme.

Lucile, from LDG, wanted to know more…..

Red date tea, is not actually a tea, per se.  This ‘tea’ is medicinal, and probably not drunk by many people outside of Asia.

Red dates are very beneficial to ones health, as they contain vitamins, iron, magnesium, as well as calcium.

Here is the recipe:

Red Date Tea

Date tea
Date tea

Ingredients:

  • 10 – 12 dried red dates
  • 1 knob of fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons of dark brown sugar
  • 2 small pieces of dried dang gui, (optional) or dried ginseng
  • 2 cups of filtered water

ingredients

Instructions:

  1. Rinse the dried dates under running water
  2. Remove the pips, if you prefer to
  3. Peel and chop the ginger
  4. Rinse the dang gui (angelica) / ginseng
  5. Place two cups (500ml) of filtered water into a pan or pot
  6. Place the dates and ginger into the pot
  7. Bring to a boil

add in

  1. Add the dark brown sugar and dang gui/ginseng (optional) and cover. Simmer for 30-40  minutes
  2. Remove from heat
  3. Allow to cool slightly, then pour into two bowls
  4. Drink / eat whilst still warm

Health benefits of Red Date Tea:

Blood

Red dates can strengthen the spleen and stomach qi (or energy) which helps with digesting food, tonifying blood and calming the mind.  If the spleen and stomach qi are weak, it will affect the blood supply and how it functions, which could lead to blood deficiency (iron deficiency).

Those with food allergies or intolerances, usually struggle with sluggish digestion, lack of essential nutrients and vitamins, which affects the body and how it functions. Other than the intestine being affected, other organs in the body also have difficulty functioning optimally when one’s immune system is weak.

If the qi (energy) is weak, then one may also have the following symptoms:  poor appetite, lack of energy, overweight, sluggish bowl movement, bloating after eating, stomach cramps or diarrhea, and insomnia. Some people may also suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and under-reactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).

Date tea
Date tea

Your liver

Our livers are subject to a lot of abuse, through diet, over indulgence of both food and alcohol, and often, from lack of knowledge as to how to care for your liver.

The liver is one of the most important organs in our bodies, and in my opinion, should be treated with more respect. Adding dang gui (angelica), which is rich in vitamin B12, also  helps to tonify the liver.

Notes:

  • Dark brown sugar helps to warm the body and promote energy (according to TCM)
  • Consuming a maximum of 15 dates (fresh or dried) at a time is considered sufficient
  • Dang gui is definitely an acquired taste, and does not need to be added, unless you prefer it. Also, a small amount should be consumed at a time, and if you are not sure whether  or not you should be consuming it, consult a medical practitioner first!
  • This tea can be consumed at any time, if you feel that your immune system is weak, or you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.

ALWAYS consult a medical practitioner to ascertain whether this tea is suitable for your health.

Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a doctor, nor TCM practitioner.  These are my own opinions, and findings, after research and seeking medical treatment.

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