2 Chinese Dried Rose Tea Recipes: Low Calories & Lots of Benefits

Rose flower tea is delicious and has lots of benefits such as supporting your digestion, improving the skin, and helping you to de-stress after a busy working day. As it’s caffeine free and near zero in calories, it’s suitable for any time of the day. See the video below showing how you can easily prepare a rose flower tea at home/office with a Teasenz infusion tea mug. This video will be followed by two bonus rose tea recipe ideas!

Honeysuckle Rose Tea Recipe To Fight Flu

One amazing rose tea recipe is one that combines the dried roses with honeysuckle. A great recipe to enjoy the health benefits of roses with the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of Honeysuckle. And did you know it’s great as a natural remedy against a flu or cold as well?

What you’ll need:

  • 2 gram dried honeysuckle
  • 5 pieces rose buds
  • Water temperature: 90 degrees Celsius
  • Steeping time: 5-8 minutes
  • Water amount:
    • 120 ml hot water in gaiwan – good for 3 brews; or
    • 500 ml hot water in teapot – good for 1 brew.

Note: avoid honeysuckle during pregnancy.

Myosotis Rose Tea Recipe for Even Better Skin

One other popular Chinese rose tea recipe is one that combines dried rose buds with Myosotis flowers. These purple flowers are often used in cosmetics as they’re amazing for a soft and smooth skin. In addition, it adds a more nutty flavor to the pure rose tea. Try this recipe as soon as you can and stay young forever..

What you’ll need:

  • 2 gram Myosotis
  • 3-6 pieces of Rose buds
  • Water temperature: 90 degrees Celsius
  • Steeping time: 12 minutes
  • Water amount:
    • 120 ml hot water in gaiwan – good for 3 brews; or
    • 500 ml hot water in teapot – good for 1 brew.

Other Flowers: Lavender?

Now that you know that rose tea can be blended with Myosotis and Honeysuckle, you might wonder whether it works with other flowers as well. The answer is: yes, probably. One flower that’s for sure great with roses is lavender. The aroma of lavender is strong, so try to find a balance in proportion for the blend. We suggest to start wit about 80% roses and 20% lavender. If you’ve any other rose tea recipe ideas, feel free to share them in the comment section!

Add Leaf Tea: Rose Green Tea Recipe?

Adding leaf teas to the rose flowers definitely is another way to be creative. Because the aroma of roses is delicate, we suggest to experiment with green teas, as they’re lighter in flavor. Moreover, the green color of the fresh leaves will look amazing with red or pink roses.

Make Iced Rose Tea

Besides making hot teas as shown in the video above, you could serve the teas ice-cold.  Either put the hot teas in the fridge (after they reach room temperature) or add lots of ice to let it cool down instantly. Great to stay fresh and hydrated during hot summer days. And if you can, bring some to the beach.

Jiaogulan Tea A.K.A. The Herb of Immortality

Jiagulan, also known by the name Gynostemma Pentaphyllum, is an ancient herb often used to make a medicinal herbal tea. What’s so special about this plant? Why is it called the ‘poor man’s ginseng’ or ‘herb of immortality’? And how can it benefit you? Learn every single fact you need to know about this herb below.


What is Jiaogulan (Gynostemma Pentaphyllum)

The Gynostemma plant is a climbing vine which is native to Japan, Korea and China. In biology, it belongs to Cucurbitaceae family of plants, and therefore closely related to watermelon, cucumber, pumpkin and other melons and gourds. It’s often consumed as a herbal tea.

Ginseng Alternative: Because Jiaogulan is used in many countries around the world for centuries, it known by many different names over time. One common name is the ‘fiveleaf Gynostemma herb’ which is based on the leaf appearance. However, the plant is especially famous for the fact that it contains many chemical compound that’s also found in Ginseng. Moreover, all the compounds that are related to health benefits that consumption of ginseng could bring, they’re present in even higher concentrations in the Jiaogulan plant. Because of this, it’s also known by the following names: five-leaf ginseng, poor man’s ginseng, southern ginseng.


Jiaogulan Tea Benefits: What Is It Good For?

What we didn’t mention in the previous paragraph is that this plant is also known by another fancy name: the ‘Herb of Immortality’.

Herb of Immortality: This name originates from the Guizhou province in China, where people are known to become much older compared to averages in China. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe this is due to the daily consumption of Jiaogulan tea, arguing that this medicinal herb restores one’s ‘Qi’.

Anti Stress: Herbalists classify the tea as an ‘adaptogen’, which is a term applied to herbs that offer anti-stress benefits by helping the body to balance. Thus, one main Jiaogulan benefit is that it improves the immune system.

Jiaogulan & Parkinson’s Disease: Some Chinese researchers also argue that the herb also offers protection against oxidative stress in the brain that is responsible for Parkinson’s disease.

Cholesterol: Some studies in the 1980s and 1990s also show that Jiaogulan in combination with Sacred Lotus and Japanese Hawthorn, result in a decrease in cholesterol levels in mice.

While there are many Gynostemma tea benefits, make sure to also watch for the side effects which you can learn more about in the next paragraph.

Processing Jiaogulan

Side Effects: Is Jiaogulan Safe?

Nausea: Gynostemma tea can possibly cause some known side effects such as nausea and increased bowel movements.

Pregnancy: As good as the benefits might be, do avoid this herb during pregnancy and breast-feeding as not enough is known about the side effects when consumed in such situation.

Auto-Immune Disorder: Even though Jiaogulan causes the immune system to become more active. This can increase certain symptoms related to auto-immune diseases.

Slow Blood Clotting: At last, another side effect of Jiaogulan is that it might slow blood clotting or make such a medical disorder worse. Because of this, make sure to stop drinking Jiaogulan tea at least 1 month before any surgery is scheduled.

Ginkgo Biloba Tea Health Benefits And Side Effects

Ginkgo Biloba is one of the world’s oldest surviving tree species and has been used for thousands of years by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners as a healing herb to improve blood circulation. In the West, the tea is widely used to enhance memory and concentration.

ginkgo biloba leaf

What is Gingko Biloba?

Ginkgo Biloba is one of the oldest living tree species originated from China, and it is one of the most extensively researched herbs. The Ginkgo Biloba tree has green leaves that grow up to 3 inches long. During the fall season, the leaves usually turn chartreuse in color, although some leaves turn golden yellow in excellent growth conditions. The ginkgo biloba tree has stout twigs that appear gray, tan or light brown in color. The leaves of this tree are very popular in China for making herbal tea.

Gingko Biloba Benefits for Health

For thousands of years Ginkgo Biloba tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to treat a variety of disorders and support health. In TCM, Ginkgo Biloba tea is primarily used for treating dementia, memory loss and age-related cognitive decline. It can also be used to treat asthma and lung congestion. Most of Ginkgo Biloba’s benefits are due to its ability to increase blood flow in the body.
ginkgo biloba tea

Gingko Biloba Side Effects

Ginkgo biloba extract might cause side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, racing heart, headache and stomach upset. In addition, it might not be used together with other medication. In general, the side effects of ginkgo biloba are rare and mild. In theory though, it may also increase the risk of bleeding, particularly among people with certain medical conditions. Do not use ginkgo biloba if you have a bleeding condition, seizure disorder or any similar health condition. If you are a pregnant women, a nursing mothers, or someone taking medication with blood-thinning properties, avoid consuming Ginkgo Biloba.

Honeysuckle Tea & Pregnancy

Due to a recent publication regarding honeysuckle tea’s effect against flu, we have received many emails from customers asking us whether honeysuckle tea can be consumed during pregnancy. For this blog post we have consulted different Chinese medicine doctors to make sure we give a responsible answer.

What Chinese Medicine Doctors Say

Here’s a few answers we got:

Answer 1: Honeysuckle, can be consumed during pregnancy, but do not drink too much. Focus more  on drinking lots of water and avoid spicy food.

Answer 2: It depends on your health condition. In general, honeysuckle tea can be consumed during pregnancy. However, when it causes diarrhea you should stop immediately.

Answer 3: Avoid drinking honeysuckle tea in the early stages of pregnancy. Honeysuckle tea has a cooling effect on the body.

Answer 4: After the 3rd month of pregnancy, honeysuckle tea is safe to drink.

Answer 5: It’s safe to drink, but due to it’s cooling effect, I don’t recommend it as it will not have the health benefits that you are looking for during pregnancy.

Conclusions & Guideline Regarding Honeysuckle Tea & Pregnancy

As you can see from the answers above, they are all very different, but we can make the following conclusions based on this:

  1. Avoid drinking honeysuckle tea in the early stage of pregnancy (1-3months)
  2. If you decide to consume, then don’t drink too much. Limit to a cup a day.
  3. If it causes stomach issues, stop consumption directly.

Honeysuckle Tea Act As ‘Virological Penicillin” Against Flu

chinese honeysuckle

Honeysuckle tea has been consumed in China for centuries for it’s effects against flu. Recently scientist from Nanjing university has confirmed through research this is not only a tradition.

The Telegraph reports that:

Trials showed that it could be effective against several variants of flu which have caused major public health scares in recent years, including H1N1 “Spanish Flu” and H5N1 avian flu.

The team from Nanjing University found that after drinking a “soup” of honeysuckle, mice absorbed a molecule from the plant known as MIR 2911 into their bloodstream and lung tissue.

The molecule was shown to suppress various types of flu virus by blocking two genes which are used by the influenza virus to replicate itself.

With the benefits of honeysuckle confirmed, which Chinese herbal tea will be next?

Honeysuckle Tea

When it comes to Honeysuckle herbal tea, the list of health benefits is long, but the main benefit is that it can fight inflammation which is the of many health challenges such as Acne. See the video and learn how easily it can be steeped with a teapot infuser.

Honeysuckle is slightly bitter with a fresh aftertaste that lasts for minutes in your mouth.

Medical Evidence for the Health Benefits of Kuding Tea (Kuding Cha)

What is Kuding (also known as Kuding Cha)? It’s officially not a tea but a herb that is different from the tea plant (camellia sinensis). ‘Ku’ means ‘bitter’ in Mandarin Chinese and ‘Ding’ means ‘needle’. This herbal drink has been part of the Chinese diet in Southern China for 2000 years. It’s popular in China, because it’s a safe botanical to drink with no toxic side effects. No wonder it’s also called the ‘ginseng of teas’, ‘beauty tea’, or ‘longevity tea’. Only in the recent years Western Research are also slowly showing support for the benefits of Kuding tea. See below for a summary of the most important research finding of recent years (based on the authority of the research journals in which they are published and the amount of citations in other journals):

Deodorization & Reduce Bad Breath with Kuding Cha

One of the earlier Japanese researchers three universities reported that Kuding Cha helps to reduce natural body odors in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry. The most important finding is kuding cha captures ‘allyl methyl sulfide gas’ in the body, well-known to persist as malodorous breath long after the consumption of garlic!

Kuding Tea Reducing Discomport of Drinking Milk Powder

A group of researchers reported in the Journal of Food Science and Technology that Kuding tea reduces the discomfort of milk powder consumption. This finding is more relevant for some Asians who experience some allergic reactions when consuming dairy products. The conclusion was that the consumption of Ku Ding tea appeared to lower ‘lipid peroxidation’ that was induced by milk powder in the rats. As the findings are promising, future research should be performed on humans to confirm the benefits.

Weight Loss: Kuding Tea Extract Prevents Metabolic Disorders

Chinese researchers reported recently that the consumption of Kuding can prevent metabolic disorders that cause obesity/overweight. In this research mice were fed with high-fat diets. The findings suggest that kuding tea is indeed a useful dietary therapy and a potential source for the development of novel anti-obesity and lipid lowering drugs. However, this research is published in an open source journal, that is has less authority than the two findings above. Still, the design of the research does look robust to us.

If there is any major research article that we have missed out, please do leave a comment so we can review and add it here. Teasenz will regularly public articles related to health benefits of Kuding and other herbal teas. Follow our blog to stay updated.

Kuding Tea

As weather changes, it is easy to get under the weather.It’s August, but it doesn’t always feel that way.  Inflammation, aching joints, and just not feeling well in general. Instead of going to your local drug store and abusing over the counter drugs, maybe Kuding tea, a chinese tea known for its medicinal properties, could help.

Kuding tea  has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.  It is known for being bitter, but some drinkers note that it has a sweet aftertaste. In traditional Chinese medicine Kuding tea is known  for its many uses. It is popular  for ailments such as improving memory and focusing the mind,helping with the common cold, with headaches and  sinusitis, and treating bronchitis.  Kuding Tea is also said to improve digestion, lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.  It is quite a tea.

When brewing this tea, it’s a good idea to use just two or three of the spikes if it’s your first experience of the tea because of its strong bitter taste. As you become accustomed to the tea then 3-5 spikes are usual. Use hot water, not boiling water – between 80-90 degrees centigrade for one minute. The spikes can be used over several times – after the second brewing you will need to increase the steeping time.

Although there is no medical evidence to support it, Kuding tea has become popular for promoting weight loss. The reason being it isn’t known whether if there is any weight loss if it is due to fluid rather than fat loss.  Kuding tea is being researched and developed in China alongside other traditionally used and revered herbs so that its traditionally known benefits can be established.

In terms of use, do not drink Kuding tea if you are pregnant, have recently given birth or are breast feeding, during menses, have low blood pressure. If you experience any adverse symptoms then stop use of the tea. You should always consult your doctor before making diet choices and if you have any other medication – definitely ask your doctor.

Warnings aside, Kuding Tea might be a great thing to have in your medicine cabinet- especially with the changing seasons.


Jujube Tea

Jujube Tea

For thousands of years Chinese people have consumed herbal teas because of their healing properties. Among the herbal teas that have gained popularity outside of China, Jujube tea is probably one of the most successful. Here are the reasons why:

  1. Natural Sedative: The fact that jujube tea has the potential to magnify relaxation is the main reason why jujube tea has become one of the most widely used Chinese herbal tea. Research by South China University and Technology shows how jujube extracts induce hypnotic effects by limiting monoaminergic activity, or the release of stimulating neurotransmitters. The overall effect of the tea was “prolonged sleep time” to which researchers also credit the saponins components of jujube tea, or its metabolic properties and the fruit’s main bioactive factors.
  2. Liver Rejuvenation: Academic findings published in the medical journal Transplantation Proceedings in 2010 shows significant potential of jujube tea extracts in treating damage to the liver and the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. The research focused on measuring jujube tea’s healing properties after a 40-minute loss of blood flow to the liver. The results shows that the high antioxidant content of the jujube tea is positive related to who received the extract over a 7-day period.
  3. Digestive Aid: Making tea from jujube tea for digestive aid stems from the Chinese knowledge that the fruit adds moisture to the body. Recent studies from the National Chung Hsing and National Taiwan Universities confirms this belief stating that jujube tea “increased fecal moisture” and “shortened gastrointestinal transit time” by 34 to 57 percent in researched subjects. Jujube tea is also believed to reduce toxic ammonia in the intestines through elevating concentrations of fatty acids.
  4. Taste: While many herbal teas have a bitter taste, jujubes have a refreshing apple taste. For those we don’t like to infuse jujubes for making tea, it’s good to know that dried jujubes can actually be consumed like chips.

Have you tried jujube tea before? If so, feel free to share your experiences with us!

The all powerful goji berry

We’ve heard a lot these days about the Goji berry, praised as a “super fruit” by many health guru’s. It can be brewed by itself into tea or combined with other teas. It is used to help eyesight, protect the liver, boost the immune system and promote longevity. Mixed with red dates and black tea, it can help with insomnia and anxiety. It is also commonly combined with Green Tea.

As amazing as this fruit is, it is advisable to talk to your health care provider before making it a huge part of your diet. It has reacted adversely with some medications.  With that caveat, it’s a great idea to try different things in relation to teas. Tea doesn’t have to be just leaves. It can be flowers or even other fruit. Don’t be afraid to make your tea a little colorful – there’s more than green and black.