Chinese flower tea is a combination of a health and a warm caring drink, which is made through picking and drying of flower buds, or petals along with a combination of other dried fruits or herbs. I have embraces drinking Chinese flower tea and love trying out different combinations that are known to have different health benefits. My favourite thing at the moment is exploring the huge tea warehouses or tea shops at the markets to see what new ingredients I can purchase and try out. A lot of the herbs have healthcare functions or curing effect for some physical ailments.
There are countless different types of Chinese tea that can be drunk on their own or in different combinations, and here are some suggestions of flower combinations for you to try out.
1. Jujube (red dates) Tea is used to enrich blood, maintain beauty and to erase wrinkles. Thus, it is especially popular among females or people who have undergone surgery. Combinations: chrysanthemum, wolfberry, hawthorn, ginger, rose, or lotus seed. I have tried it with most of the flowers and they all tasted good.
2. Chrysanthemum Tea is used to diminish inflammation and helps relieve eye fatigue so is favored by office workers who frequently use computers. There are many kinds of chrysanthemum tea: white or yellow, big or small, full blossomed flowers or flower buds. I personally prefer the small flowers as they have a softer taste. Combinations: wolfberry, jujube, hawthorns, honeysuckle, hawthorn rock candy, honey and licorice.
3. Rose Tea contains several kinds of Vitamins, Vitamin C in particular, which is helpful in resisting aging. Rose tea can also invigorate the circulation of blood, cure bruises, diminish inflammation, soothe a sore throat and facilitates the metabolism. Combinations: wolfberry, jujube or rock candy.
4. Jasmine Flower Tea can comfort stomach and liver, smooth intestinal tract, ease your nervous and adjust the secretion of hormone. It is famous for its fresh and long-lasting fragrance, mellow taste. Combinations: rose, lavender and chrysanthemum, although it is very tasty on its own.
5. Osmanthus Tea has a lovely fragrance and tastes as good as it smells. It is used to remove toxicants inside your body and to clear the mind. Combinations: hawthorn, chrysanthemum, rose.
What are your favourite flower tea combinations?