Image by gate74 via Pixabay

With Singapore hot and humid weather all year round, one get heaty easily if he does not drink sufficient water to stay hydrated. Heatiness in the body also results from the amount of ‘heaty’ food you consume. Some common heaty food are durian, chocolate, spicy food and more. When your body is heaty, it can cause acne, sore throat, mouth ulcer and nose bleed. In more severe cases, it can lead to fever. Check out these Chinese Herbal Tea which you can get easily from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) store that will help to dissipate the heat in your body without costing you an arm or a leg! 

Image by @kimdonkey via Unsplash

Luo Han Guo Tea

The benefit of a Luo Han Guo drink includes expelling internal heat in the body, coughs and treating sore throat. You can even find it selling in the coffee shop with longan fruits in the drink. 

Here’s what you need: 

  • Monk fruit (Luo Han Guo)
  • 50 grams sugared winter melon strips 
  • Water 

Break off a small piece of the fruit and let it steep in hot water for 10 minutes. Strain out the piece of the fruit and it’s ready to be served.

Image by @elsipp via Unsplash

Chrysanthemum Tea

With its known cooling properties, Chrysanthemum tea has tons of benefits and is the herbal drink to go when the weather gets hot. You’ve probably seen your mom or someone in the house preparing Chrysanthemum tea to fight the heat. Its super easy recipe makes it a popular choice amongst many households. 

Here’s what you need: 

  • Dried Chrysanthemum flowers
  • Red dates
  • Wolfberries
  • Rock sugar
  • Water.

Firstly, soak wolfberries and chrysanthemum flowers for 15 minutes. Once the pot of water has boiled, add in every ingredient except for rock sugar. Let it simmer for 15 minutes. After simmering, add rock sugar at the end to taste and turn off the heat when the rock sugar has dissolved. Strain out the dried chrysanthemum flowers and it’s ready to be served.

Image by @foodbymars via Unsplash

Honeysuckle Flower Tea

Honeysuckle flower has antibacterial and antiviral properties. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), honeysuckle flowers are cold in nature which can help to clear the heat in our body. At the same time, they help to detoxify the body by removing toxins. They’re especially good for inflammation too, so if you have mouth ulcers, honeysuckle flower tea will be the best for you! 

Here’s what you need: 

  • Honeysuckle flower
  • Chrysanthemum flower
  • Rock sugar
  • Water. 

Rinse the honeysuckle flowers and chrysanthemum. After rinsing, throw them into a pot of boiling water and let it sit for 10 minutes. Add rock sugar to your liking. Strain all the flowers out and it is ready to be served. 

Image by @oriento via Unsplash

Barley Tea

Barley also has detoxifying properties and cooling quality. To fully benefit from chinese barley drink, eat the barley grains as well when you are drinking your barley! 

Here’s what you need: 

  • Small winter melon
  • 1 cup of barley
  • Pandan leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 5 cups of water

Boil water and barley seeds together for 15 minutes over low heat. After 15 minutes, add in melon cubes and pandan leaves for another 15 minutes. Turn the stove off and leave it to cool before adding honey. 

Image by @carlijeen via Unsplash

Lily Bulb Herbal Tea

Dried lily bulb is usually recommended in TCM clinics to treat coughs, dry throats and relieve heat. Other than drink, it is commonly used in Chinese cooking as well. 

Here’s what you need: 

  • 2 fresh lily bulbs
  • 40g fresh gingko
  • 6 fresh lotus seeds
  • 4 small ears of wild white fungus
  • 3 candied wintermelon strips 
  • Rock sugar to taste 
  • 600ml water

Soak lily bulb and white fungus in water to remove dirt. Remove the petals from the bulb and tear the white fungus into smaller pieces. Add all the ingredients into a pot of water. After the water boils, transfer them to a double-boiler and boil it for 1-1.5 hours. Add rock sugar to taste.