Hi everyone! Finally Aculand’s famous fresh ginger tea recipe is here! I have really been craving this tea during the cold and rainy weeks here in LA last month. Of course now its almost 90 degrees out but you will have the recipe for next winter! ( You can still drink it all year round) It is so delicious and easy to make.
Spices are well suited for “warming” the thermal nature of cool or cold foods. This makes them valuable especially during the cold weather months . This tea is great to drink after a heavy meal to help with digestion or if you have a cold meal to help warm it up.
Just a little consideration about this tea. Excessive consumption of spices can easily cause heat symptoms. (heat symptoms include red face, thirst for cold drinks, worsening of a condition or pain with heat, red tongue and rapid pulse) If you experience lots of these symptoms sorry this tea is not for you :( . You can still have it just drink sparingly.
If you feel cold easily then this tea will be great for you!
4 cups of filtered or spring water
1/2 cup fresh ginger ( peeled and thinly sliced )
4-6 pieces of longan fruit
4-6 pieces of jujube date
1/2-1 teaspoon goji berries
1/2 the juice of a small lemon
1/2 teaspoon raw honey
1/2 teaspoon Astragulus powder ( optional)
The star of the show and key ingredient is ginger. If you are missing one of the fruits the recipe will still work!
( you can find the longan, jujube and goji on the shop page)
Fresh Ginger / Sheng Jiang
Thermal nature: warm
Meridians: lung, stomach spleen
Functions: Strengthens center burner, controls nausea, sweat producing. relieves cough and detoxifies, stimulates blood circulation, promotes secretion of digestive juices
good for general cold symptoms: cold hand and feet, arthritis, that worsens with wind-cold
Contraindicated general yin deficiency and heat signs ( lots of night sweats) and high blood pressure
Prolonged consumption of larger amounts of ginger should be avoided.( basically don’t over due it. If you start to feel too heated back off of the ginger!)
Goji Berries / Gou Qi Zi
Goji berries are one of the most widely used herbs in Chinese Medicine!
❤Longevity and Healthy Hormones: There is evidence that Goji Berries increase both longevity and balance hormones. (This is due to its high content of sesquiterpenoids and its anti-inflammatory properties.)
❤Immune System Booster: Goji Berries contain polysaccharides, beta carotene and mineral germanium which act as powerful immune-enhancing compound against viral Infections and its even Cancer Fighting Food.
Keeping Vital Organs Healthy: In Chinese Medicine Goji Berry belongs in the category that Tonifies the Blood. It enriches the Kidney which is the most vital organ in Chinese Medicine and the Liver as well as moistens the lung.
❤Goji Berries are a tonic adaptogen, this means that they keep our vital organs healthy by balancing blood sugar and enhancing the liver, the digestive system and the skin. Also, great for the eyes👀✨.
Longan Fruit / Long Yan Rou
Long Yan Rou (in Chinese means Dragon eye meat) aka Longan Fruit ( similar to the lychee fruit)They contain a high content of iron, about 20 times that of grapes and 15 times that of spinach.
Category: Tonifying herb: tonifies the Blood and calms the spirit
Meridians: Heart and Spleen
Function: Tonifies the Heart and Spleen, tonifies the blood, and calms the spirit
💖Good for insomnia, heart palpitations, forgetfulness, and dizziness, adds luster and beauty to the skin. 💖You can eat them as a snack ( really good mixed with walnuts)
This herb is great for vegans to help build up your blood.
JuJube Date / Da Zao
Category: Tonifying herb- Tonify the Qi
Meridians: Spleen , Stomach
Functions: Tonifies the Spleen and reinforces the qi, nourishes the blood and quiets the spirits, moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of other herbs
Astragalus / Huang Qi
Tonifies the Qi
Meridians : Lung, Spleen
Temperature: Slightly warm
Functions: Tonifies the qi and blood, raises the yang qi, boosts the protective qi and secures the exterior, reduces edema, generates flesh
Really great to take during cold and flu season to strengthen your immune system
place water into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil
add ginger, longan, goji, jujube, honey, lemon and stir
cover and reduce heat to a low simmer for 25-30 minutes
turn off heat and stir in astragalus
ladle liquid portion into a cup and enjoy your delicious tea! (you can even eat the fruit pieces)
Pro Tip :
After you make your cup of tea add more water to the pot. You can keep this in the fridge with leaving all of the ingredients in for about 5 days. I add water to it each time and then bring back to a boil. So you can get about 5 days worth or tea out of it!
Each time you make this you can add more or less of any ingredient to taste. If it is too spicy add less ginger. If you like it more sour add more lemon. IF you want it sweeter add more fruit or honey. Play around with it until you find the perfect balance for you!
By Dr. Kara MoraMarco- Kendrick DAOM, L.Ac
Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles