This summer has been hot. Like, REALLY hot. Fortunately, there is a wonderful Chinese herb that can help cool you down, and it may just be spreading through your garden as we speak. That cool & common Chinese herb is mint (aka Bo He in Chinese). During these toasty summer months I love adding a few mint leaves to my water to help cool me down.
Sipping on Bo He tea is excellent way to cool the head, brighten the eyes, benefit the throat and vent rashes. It is often used for sore throat, cough, headache, red eyes, and during the early stage of a rash. Bo He can also help "cool down" the emotions by regulating the flow of qi in the body thus alleviating irritability or emotional instability. So, if you’re feeling like a cranky "hot head" then sit down, take a deep breath, and sip on some mint tea!
(Avoid mint tea if you are a nursing mother with insufficient lactation as it can inhibit lactation).
It's that time again....It's the first Tuesday of the month and for today's #TeaTimeTuesday we are discussing the benefits of the lovely honeysuckle flower (Flos Lonicerae), also known as Jin Yin Hua in Chinese.
Honeysuckle flowers always seem to bring back nostalgic memories of my childhood. When its fragrance wafts through my windows this time of year, a vivid image of playing in the creeks, picking honeysuckles and sucking out the sweet nectar always comes to mind.
What you may not know is that this invasive species was actually introduced to the US by Chinese immigrants in the mid-1800's. Knowing that it could flourish easily, it was used as a reliable and accessible herbal remedy for symptoms of the common cold.
Today, in Chinese herbalism we still utilize the flower of the honeysuckle plant to clear heat, resolve toxicity, cool the blood and alleviate thirst. Its sweet, cooling and lightweight nature guides it to the upper body, clearing heat from the lungs and stomach. This tiny flower has been shown to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, which is why it is so commonly used for febrile conditions. It is used to treat the early stages of a fever, sore throat, headache, thirst, perspiration as well as dermatological sores and abscesses. Who would have thought that this fragrant little flower was so powerful!
Photo taken in Beijing, China
Acupuncturist & Herbalist