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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Chrysanthemum, HoneySuckle & Wolfberry Drink - Reduce body heat/ fever, Anti-inflammatory 金银花菊花枸杞茶 - 能解毒明目，疏风清热，增强免疫力
This is another easy method to prepare cooling drink taught by my mom. I didn't know about the usage of honeysuckle until my mom visited me in Singapore few years back. She cooked this for me.
This is a very 'cooling' drink that I used as a remedy to reduce body heat when my boy fever or when I sense that he is about to fall sick...You may be curious about how I know he is about to fall sick? Hahaha.... certified doctor may need a thermometer to tell if the child is sick but as a SAHM, by looking at his face, I know :)
For regular cooling drink, I omit the honeysuckle. Just chrysanthemum flower, wolfberry and rock sugar/ honey sugar is good enough.
Bear in mind, do not add too much honeysuckle as this ingredient is very 'cooling' and the drink would turn out bitter if added too much in it. I just found out that the chinese tonic shop in Singapore - ZTP 正中平 is selling the pre-packed chrysanthemum and honeysuckle. But seriously, this is so easy to prepare that I don't see the NEED to get a pre-packed one. ;)
Ingredients: (Yield 2-3 servings)
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1 Cup Chrysanthemum flower 菊花
(get the yellow one for boiling, not the white one or flower bud for tea.)
About 1 tbsp Honey Suckle 金银花
2 tbsp Wolfberry 枸杞
1/2 pc Licorice root 甘草 , use 1 pc if you like the taste of it. 1/2 pc is about 1 inch
Honey Rock Sugar to taste 石蜂糖(or rock sugar)
1 Honey Dates (optional, I only add this when my boy cough)
3.5 Cup Water (room temperature)
1. If using honey dates, add 1.5 cup of water and bring to boil. Simmer for 20 minutes.
2. Add all ingredients in a saucepan/ pot (except sugar). Bring to boil.
3. Reduce heat, simmer for 5 minutes. Add sugar to taste. Simmer for 3-5 minutes. Strain and serve warm or chilled.