Soothing Honeysuckle Tea

Soothing Honeysuckle Tea. My mom has a honeysuckle plant by her front door. The aroma is a sweet and a very pleasant smell, which reminds of honey. I love the smell. This plan blooms in the summertime. There are various colors for the flower from white, yellow, to pink. This plant is quite big because it has a lot of vines with lots of flowers.

Soothing Honeysuckle Tea

Soothing Honeysuckle Tea

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of honeysuckle flower

1 cup of water

1 – 2 tsp of honey

Instructions:

  1. Soak the flowers to clean them. Let the flower soak for 15 mins – 30 mins. Rinse. Place in a strainer.
  2. Boil 1 cup of water.
  3. Place the flower leaf in a cup. Pour boiled water. Let it sit for 15 minutes – 20 minutes. Then, remove the flowers.
  4. Add in the honey. Stir.
  5. Enjoy!

Note: The tea can be made in large amounts. They can be stored in the fridge. Honeysuckle tea can be drunk cold or hot.

Soothing Honeysuckle Tea
Soothing Honeysuckle Tea

Health Benefits

Honeysuckle tea has been used for a long time. This tea is good for the body especially to help with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial problems. Sweet tea is good for cold, flu, or anyone with asthma. If anyone has issues with digestion, this tea will help with that. Another thing, this tea can be used as a mouth wash. Make two cups of hot water with half a cup of the honeysuckle flower. Let it cool. Strain. Take the water and rinse or gargle with the water. Besides the above benefits, honeysuckle tea helps with diabetes, arthritis, auto-immune disorders, and skin infections.

Do give honeysuckle tea a try. If you enjoy natural remedies, do try headache balm.

I would love to try more natural remedies or research more about natural remedies.

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Chinese Parsley to Soothe Itchy Skin

During the time Charchar was dealing with her skin rash or her eczema. We did not know what Charchar is allergic to or what she is sensitive to. She would scratch her skin, it could be due to the things she eats on a daily basis we don’t know. I am constantly guessing what is making her itchy. It is tough. I made her a bath soak to help soothe her skin.

Chinese Parsley Bath

Ingredients:

1 bunch of organic Chinese parsley

500ml water

Instruction:

  1. In a large pot, fill half the pot with half a pot of water. Let it boil
  2. Once the water boils, add in Chinese parsley. Let it simmer.
  3. Let it cook for 1/2 an hour to 1 hour.
  4. Turn off the heat. Let it cool. Then, fill bath water. Pour in the strained Chinese parsley water. Mix with the bath water.

The Affect

I gave Charchar a bath with the Chinese Parsley water every day, it helps to cool the redness from her skin. The skin does not seem as irritated. Charchar seems to scratch less than before. Tip: whenever she would want to scratch, I would give her an ice pack to help with the itchiness.

The Benefits of Chinese Parsley

Parsley has many benefits by providing the needed vitamins A, B, C and K to the body. If you have low iron or potassium, Chinese parsley will help to improve this condition by helping to increase the iron and potassium. This garnish helps to reduce water retention and bloating. It has strong anti-inflammatory benefits. Chinese Parsley helps to improve the immune system by preventing the body from becoming over-reactive against allergies.

About Chinese Parsley

Chinese parsley is also known as cilantro or Mexican parsley. The taste is peppery with light citrus flavor. How to keep cilantro fresh after purchase is to treat the herb like a flower by placing it in a little water at the bottom and cover with a loose plastic bag.

Chinese parsley has many benefits besides using it as a herb to add flavor to food and using the herb to heal. This herb has many benefits.

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A Bowl of Soothing Congee

This week, it has been a tough week for my whole family. My kids and I caught the flu. We were quite sick that we stayed in bed most of the time. My kids were hot with cold hands they were complaining that they were constantly cold. The kids and I were having a bad fever. They did not want to eat; the best way is a warm bowl of congee something I grew up with.

Plain Congee

Creamy Congee

1 1/2 cup jasmine rice

2 quarts chicken stock

1 quartz water

2-3 slice of ginger

2 scallion(cut thinly slice)

4 boneless chicken thigh

salt

Instructions:

  1. In a slow cooker, add rice stock, water, ginger and scallions. Cover to cook on high. Mix well. Once the rice soften. Turn down the heat.
  2. Throw in ginger. Cut up chicken thigh into slices. Turn the heat on low, add in the chicken. Cover the crockpot. Once chicken becomes cooked and it changes in color, the chicken should be ready.
  3. Season the congee with salt.
  4. Enjoy!
A Bowl of Soothing Congee
Congee with green onion

I love feeling warm and cozy. Congee is very comforting. When I have a sore throat or have been coughing a lot a bowl of congee is extremely soothing. On the day you don’t have any appetite congee gives your body the needed nutrient to fight a cold and to keep your body replenished.

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Grass Jelly A Cooling Dessert

Grass Jelly A Cooling DessertGrass Jelly A Cooling Dessert

Grass Jelly is an Asian dessert in a black cube made from a plant called Platostoma palustre. The grass jelly is made from liquid form. It is a jelly with a bitter flavor. This dessert is eaten chilled. You can add fruits and other items to the dessert to make it fun.

 

History of the Grass Jelly

The grass jelly originated in China, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan. This dessert cools the body temperature great for the summer.

Nutritional Value of Grass Jelly

The jelly has great dietary fiber; it acts as an energy booster. This has vitamin and mineral fantastic to fight against cancer. The jelly is thirst quenching.

Grass Jelly Plant

How can you tell grass jelly is fresh? Grass jelly has a smoky undertone. The plant is in the mint family a perennial herb. The grass is dried and boiled for 8 hours. After the plant is done boiling, the liquid becomes a black liquid like a black tea. Add starch, the jelly turns into a jelly to a solid form. After the starch dissolves, the jelly becomes chewy.

Grass Jelly A Cooling DessertBenefits of the Grass Jelly

  • Helps the digestive system to work properly
  • soothe throat
  • helps with condition that cause diarrhea
  • improve blood pressure condition
  • improve constipation
  • help with bloating

How to Prepare The Dessert

This dessert is eaten with sugar syrup and evaporated milk. You can add various fruits like mango, cantaloupe, or berries. Or, you can have the grass jelly in a beverage.

 

The Grass Jelly is a wonderful dessert to have in the summer time.

 

 

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Bean Curd Dessert

Bean Curd DessertBean Curd Dessert

Bean curd dessert is popular Asian. It is fantastic for the fall or winter time. If you find your throat being dry, this is great to soothe your throat. Bean curd skin has another name known as aka yuba or tofu skin. This is good for cooler or drier weather. It has moisturizing properties. Bean curd dessert is popular with Chinese. A light dessert. If you prefer soy drink or tofu you will enjoy this dessert.

Recipe

Timed1/2 hour – 1 hour

Ingredient:

100g dried bean curd skin

8 cups of water

100g sugar (or you can choose rock sugar)

2 eggs (beaten)

Direction:

  1. Soak the bean curd skin to soften in water for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Fill a pot with water. Allow boiling. Add in the dried bean curd.
  3. Turn down the heat. Cook the bean curd for 30 minutes. Stir regularly.
  4. Add sugar. Let it simmer for 3 minutes.
  5. Pour the beaten eggs into the dessert. Sir.
  6. Allow the dessert to cook for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat.
  8. Allow the dessert to cool.
  9. Enjoy

A Benefit of the ingredient

Gingko nut – used often in Chinese dishes. It can be used in dessert or in an entrée dish. Gingko is used to treat a chronic cough, insomnia, issue with concentration, restlessness, and irritability.

Gingko nuts and Job’s tears

You can add these two ingredients. If you decide to add these items to the dessert, do add them before the dried bean curd. Allow the gingko nuts and job’s tears to cook for 30 minutes.

Balance the Body

If you decide to add barley, it acts as a cooling agent for the body. It helps to balance the body from the bbq food, late nights and fried food the body is not taking well to.

Bean Curd DessertVersatile Dessert

You can do a lot with dessert. It can be eaten either hot or cold. You can add gingko nut or barley. This dessert is versatile and healthy for the body to help balance the body and a tasty treat.

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Dandelion Tea Benefits Might Surprise You

dandelion flower

Dandelion tea benefits might surprise you. You might think this is just a simple weed lying around on your lawn or in your garden. If you are a gardener, you might find annoying constantly have to be weed out.

My Mom has been making dandelion tea for my Dad daily. This peeked my interest. Isn’t it just a weed. Can we really use dandelion to make tea? I did try the tea. It can be quite bitter. When I was at the grocery store shopping for groceries, I did find this in the tea aisle.

Dandelion tea has many benefits:

  1. It helps to reduce the amount of water your body holds onto such as feeling bloated. It helps your body to remove by increasing urine output.
  2. Tea helps with liver health by increasing the movement of bile. Therefore, it helps to remove toxins. Improve issue with eye and skin.
  3. You can replace coffee with dandelion tea. However, it really depends how much of a coffee lover are you? You can grow your own. If you want to grow on your own or in your garden. It is best if you buy a plant from a market or places where they sell plants. Do not take the wild ones from your lawn. Or buy dandelion tea from the store.

After you have grown a dandelion plant in your garden, try to make dandelion tea:

  1. Firstly, you wash the leaves.
  2. Once the leaves are cleaned without any dirt. You can put them in the sun to dried it out.
  3. After the leaves are very dehydrated.
  4. You can roast the leaves in a pan.
  5. Turn on medium heat. After the pan is hot, you can put in the dandelion leaves.
  6. Stir constantly to prevent burning.
  7. Let it roast for twenty minutes to half an hour. Then, turn off the heat.

If you have any of the above issues, you can take out the leaves and add hot water to make tea. You can add honey if the tea is too bitter.

My Mom had some swelling in her joints; she has arthritis swelling of the joints. After having some dandelion tea for three or four weeks, she noticed one of her joints the swelling is gone. Dandelion tea is definitely a very useful tea with many benefits.

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Five Flowers Tea to Balance Your Chi

five flower teaFive Flowers Tea to balance your chi. This product is composed of various herbs. The herbs are honeysuckle, chrysanthemum flower, silk cotton, plumeria rubra, and pueraria laboata. The benefits of this five flowers tea is it helps with inflammation, fatigue, sore throat, indigestion, poor appetite, insomnia, difficulty in urinating, clear acne, and eczema. You purchase tea leaves and combine everything to make the tea or buy instant tea. Where you can find a package of five flower tea at a Chinese market. These ready to drink tea has been prepared and turned into a powder where you can add to water mix and drink. This is convenient if you are busy or does not have a lot of time. However, you can’t control the amount of sugar or the strength of the tea if you buy instant tea bag from a herbal store or from an Asian market.

Five Flower Tea Preparation:

1 bag five flower tea mix

1/2 bar sugar cane

  1. Boil water.
  2. Add a bag of five flower tea mix.
  3. Cover. Boil for 20minutes.
  4. Adjust the strength of the tea. Note: Too strong. Add more water.
  5. Add sugar cane. 1/2 a bar.
  6. Can drink hot or cold.

The tea is great to remove uric acid that builds up in the body. Each individual ingredient has unique benefits. Honeysuckle removes toxin, reduce fever, help with swelling, skin infection and helps to strengthen the body. Chrysanthemum is fantastic for colds, headaches, and inflamed eyes. There are two types of chrysanthemum: white and yellow. If you soak white chrysanthemum flower in wine. It would be good for nervous system. The yellow chrysanthemum is good for wind heat. Japanese Sophora flower (Huai Hua) helps to stop bleeding.

During days where I had to stay up late or when the kids were sick, I had to stay up late or when I had some fried food or bite myself while eating. I would make myself fiver flower tea. It really helps with my body with the fatigue and balances my chi. This tea is great for all ages and for everyone.

 

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Fish Soup is Brain Food

Fish soup is brain food. Fish is a very healthy meat. Fish is a protein with no saturated fats. What it is good is for the brain; it helps to lower cholesterol levels. Chinese tends to use ginger with fish remove with the fishy taste. Fish can come from two places freshwater or the ocean.  Fresh water can be from a lake or from a stream; it can have a muddy taste. The type of fish from the ocean is grouper, mackerel, tilapia. Tilapia is easy to fillet. When choosing fish it is best to choose fresh fish. How can you tell if it is fresh? Fresh fish has a pearly appearance, flesh firm nad moist. If you are considering buying a whole fish for soup. Make sure the fish has bright eyes, medium sticky gills, and the skin has a glossy sheen appearance. We like to add some warmth to the dish by adding a couple of slices of ginger.

Fish Soup Recipe

3 slices ginger

1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

500g fish fillet (slice 1 cm)

1 bag enoki mushroom

1 tsp sesame oil

1 1/2 c bok choi

1/2 cup coriander

2 tbsp onion scallion

Instructions:

  1. Wash bok choi. Slice bok choi across into smaller chunks.
  2. In the pot, boil water. Add ginger and soy sauce. Stir.
  3. Lower the heat. Add fish. Let it simmer for 1 minute.
  4. Add mushroom. Simmer for 1 minute.
  5. Put in sesame oil.
  6. Remove from the stove.

The many benefits of fish soup:

A homemade fish stock contains a good amount of iodine. If you don’t have enough iodine it might cause obesity, low I!, thyroid issues, etc. Fish is a brain food. It helps with intelligence. A good source of brain food. Also, it would slow down any brain decay. And it helps to improve memory. Fish is a source of calcium by improving bones and strengthen it. Fish broth provides people with a good amount of gelatin and collagen. Collagen and gelatin are great for osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Fish definitely have many benefits. It is a brain food and it helps to strengthen the body as well. Fish soup is brain food.

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Soup for hot summer days

Soup for hot summer weather
winter melon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter melon is a large vine vegetable with a fuzzy surface. This vegetable is mostly used in Asia. It can be used in soups or in stews. The nutritional benefit from the vegetable has a high amount of vitamin C and vitamin B2, high dietary fiber, zinc, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and other vitamin and mineral. Soup for hot summer weather. It has many positive benefits to the soup.

Help to Improve Your Vision:

If you have the issue with your vision, there is not enough riboflavin. Winter melon gives you a high level of B2 or riboflavin. Therefore, if you receive more B2, it lowers issue with eye problems.

Help Improve Immunity:

There is an increasing amount in winter melon which helps to create more white blood cell and helps to prevent the healthy cell from mutating. It also increases the amount of zinc in your body.

Detoxify the Body:

Winter melon act as a diuretic. It removes any toxin, fat, salt and water from the body. This helps the liver and kidney to be in good condition.

Good for Digestion:

The melon helps to prevent a gastrointestinal problem such as constipation, bloating, cramping, and any other stomach issues.

 

Soup for hot summer weather
black silkie chicken with winter melon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Melon and Pork Shank Soup

1lb pork bone

1/2 lb pork shank

1L water

3 slice ginger

1 black silkie chicken

1 bunch peanut

salt and pepper

300g winter melon(peeled, removed seed, cut into cubes

Instruction:

1.    Boil pot of water. Blanch pork shank and black silkie chicken. Note: blanching removes impurities). Pour out the water.

2.    Boil second pot of water. Add pork bone and black silkie chicken. Then, add ginger and peanut.

3.    After the water bubbles, let it simmer on low heat for 1 hr.

4.    Add winter melon. Let it cook for 30minutes.

5.    Add salt and pepper for taste.

6.    Let soup to cool.

 

 

Nutriton Soup for your Eyes

We are always in front of a screen. It can be very exhausting for your eyes. There can be a lot of strain on your eyes without knowing. My husband works a lot. He is always in front of a computer at work and when he returns home from work he is working on his teaching on his computer. When he takes a break; he is on his cell phone. We are quite used to our screen time sometimes forget about that. In our society, everything is on a screen we forget that we need to take care of our eyes. Or, how this can be exhausting for your eyes. Therefore, in spring and summer time, I try to make Gao Gei soup. My Mom grows Gau gei plant.  She always gives me some soup or gives me stems of gau gei so I can make soup at home. Gau gei comes from goji berry plant. The weather in British Columbia doesn’t produce goji berries. Gau gei is easy to plant. You just need to put the stem of the plant in some dirt and water regularly. Water twice a day. Also, the Gau gei plant needs a good amount of sunlight. The Gau gei soup helps to improve and maintain good eyesight. The process to make the soup is quick not like the typical Chinese soup where you are required to cook for four to five hours. If you don’t have a lot of time, this is a great soup.

Gau Gei Soup

10 stalk of gau gei

1 L water

1 salt egg

Instruction:B

  1. Soak the stem and leaves. Peel all leaves and separate from stem.
  2. Fill the pot with water. Once the water boils. Add the stem and leaves in the pot. Boil for 1-2minutes. Remove leaves. You can eat the leaves.
  3. Add salt egg.
  4. Let it cook for 5 min.
  5. Cool to drink.

 

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Gau Gei Plant