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Five Flower Cantonese Herbal Tisane (50g)

Five Flower Cantonese Herbal Tisane (50g)

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September 11th, 2020

This blend is no longer for sale: unfortunately there was too much residual moisture in the material, and I found mold and insects in the packs I had on hand. The supplier indicates this blend is not shelf stable in our summer weather since their herbal blends are not treated with sulfur dioxide. The entire batch has been discarded. Fortunately none of this mix had been sent out yet!

This is a classic Cantonese herbal tisane consumed in summer for yeet hei, or too much 'heat' according to the principles of TCM. This tea is commonly consumed sweetened and chilled, but it can also be consumed hot. The materials used for these blends are of very high quality, and are worlds apart from the packs I purchased locally in Hong Kong in the past: the difference in quality is absolutely staggering!

The 'five flowers' used in the blend are: kapok, chrysanthemum, honeysuckle, Mexican frangipani and sophora japonicum. A small amount of licorice is included (in a separate pack) with each 50g pack of this blend, and can be added to the pot if desired. Please do read up on these ingredients, since some of them may not be suited to you or may not be suitable for use with other herbal or prescription medications you may use.

You can read more about yeet hei, or 'hot' qi, here:

This a clean and pleasant tasting tisane that is ideal for summer drinking, and I'm still in awe of how much better the quality of the flowers here is versus the dried packs I purchased locally in Hong Kong in years gone by (and these packs from Guangdong are cheaper)! The chrysanthemum and floral notes make for a pleasant flavor and the licorice adds a certain sweetness that is quite pleasant. 

Each 50g pack is enough for four servings. Two servings a day is just about right for an adult: you can boil up half a pack for a single day's used if desired.

Brewing directions: soak the flowers (and licorice, if desired) in cold water for ten minutes, then drain. This is to remove dust, but the material used here is remarkably clean. You can then boil the flowers in a saucepan for 10-12 minutes in 1.5 to 2 liters of fresh water. You can sweeten the mixture with honey, rock sugar or luohanguo if desired:

I'll be drinking this regularly this summer as I run 'hot' according to the principles of TCM. I don't make any medical claims as to the efficacy of this product or TCM as a whole. Please do your own research into this blend and the potential effects of each of these ingredients, and whether or not there are any contraindications with the ingredients in the blend!

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