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Chinese Fruit Teas For Good ZZZs

Oct 01, 2015 09:56PM
by Tisha Claudia Lim

Having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep can be very distressing and tiring. According to Healthline and WedMD, insomnia could reduce immune functions and impair concentration on daily performance. Rather than relying on medications, there is a simpler and gentler remedy in treating insomnia—dried Longan-red dates herbal tea. Longan (also known as “dragon eye” in Chinese) is a fruit originated from China and South-East Asia. Fresh longan resembles the appearance of a dragon eyeball—white and translucent in color and round in shape. The fruit is nutritionally dense (a great source for vitamin C) and is frequently used in Chinese dishes.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, dried longans (dark brown) promote calmness and tranquilize the mind. Along with red dates, which are known for their warming properties and a great source for promoting blood circulation, this herbal tea helps one achieve a good night’s sleep. There is no caffeine in the beverage, and it has a warming, sweet and soothing taste.

For a cup of longan-red date tea, add 300ml of water and add four to five red dates and dried longans respectively into the pot. Cover the pot with a lid and boil the water at high heat for 15 minutes. Turn the heat off and the tea is ready to be served. A handful of Goji berries can also be added 10 seconds before turning the heat off. Goji berries helps in protecting the eyes and in alleviating many common health problems such high blood pressure.

Dried longan and red-dates can be easily located at any Asian supermarket. If not, organic longans can be purchased at online stores such as Amazon. Be noted that Chinese red dates are different from regular dates; they are softer in texture and are less sweet in taste. In additionally to the three ingredients mentioned above, people in Asia would add Astragalus, white fungus and lotus seeds into the tea, as they help in curing insomnia and alleviating anemia.

Tisha Claudia Lim is a fourth-year journalism student at the University of Maryland, College Park and an intern at Natural Awakenings Washington D.C. She can be contacted at [email protected]


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