Calming and Fat-Burning Tea for Mooncakes 中秋月圆好睡眠

Chinese Tea for mooncakes

In continuation from the previous article, teas and mooncakes are a match made in full moon heaven. Mid-autumn festival gatherings are often a recipe for stomach discomfort and insomnia from the overeating of greasy food and late night gossiping. This calls for an herbal tea that aids in digestion and calms the mind to ease one into a good night’s sleep with a happy tummy.

The main ingredient in today’s tea is lotus leaf. Much like hawthorn berries, lotus leaves play the dual role of food and medicine. Owing to its fat-burning reputation and its ability to promote digestion, lotus leaves are commonly used as a dieting tea to combat greasiness.

Lotus Leaf Good Night Tea

Ingredients (Serves 3-4 people)

Lotus Leaf, 10 g Chinese Senega Root (Yuan Zhi), 10 g Orange Peel, 6 g Red Dates, 2

Preparation

  1. Slice the red dates.

  2. Boil all ingredients in water for 3 minutes.

  3. Turn off the gas, let the tea sit for 10 minutes and it is ready to serve.

Benefits

  1. Promote digestion

  2. Reduce greasiness

  3. Improve sleep quality

  4. Eliminate dampness

Lotus leaves are used clear summer heat, promote urination, and can treat diarrhea caused by a weak spleen. Lotus leaves can also aid in digestion, combat greasiness, and are commonly used for burning fats and weight loss. They are rich in flavonoids and antioxidants, and may help in the treatment of coronary heart disease and hypertension

Orange Peel regulates the digestive system by moving the Spleen Qi, and thus can relieve bloating, stomach ache, indigestion, nausea and vomiting. It also relieves cough by clearing phlegm and dampness. Orange peel may also have the effect of lowering cholesterol levels.

Chinese Senega Root (Yuan Zhi) calms the mind, improves the memory and relieves swelling and abscesses. While it can relieve coughs by reducing phlegm, it is most often used to treat insomnia.

Red date replenishes Qi and Blood and regulates the digestive system. It is a common ingredient in beauty and health care products as it nourishes the skin and produces a rosy complexion. Red dates also calm the mind and improve sleep quality. They are known to be rich in vitamins A, B2 and C.


前文所提,茶是月饼的最佳配搭。茶类众多,除了山楂以外,中医认为荷叶也是一种“药食两用”的保健品,更是许多爱美人士最常用来泡饮的茶。若茶类配搭恰当,则可提高消化功能,加强降低脂肪的效果,更可助睡眠。

中秋欢庆中所带来的心情激动和月饼的油腻都可能引起消化不良,腹胀和失眠等症状。以下是中医师特配茶方,供常有欢庆后腹胀和失眠问题的人士使用。

消脂安神茶

食材(3-4人份量)

荷叶 10克 远志 10克 陈皮 6克 红枣 2梅

做法

先把红枣切片,将所有材料放入锅中,加水煮3分钟,加盖泡10分钟,即可饮用。

功效

1. 助消化 2. 解油腻 3. 助睡眠 4. 祛除湿邪

荷叶 清暑利水,治脾虚泄泻,解