There are so many different types of Chinese herbs, some of them are gender specific. ‘Dang gui’ 當歸 is a traditional ‘female ginseng’ for boosting health and wellness. It was said to increase blood supply and improve circulation, reduce menstrual pain, assist with hydration and anti-aging. My mother used to make me a remedy with ‘dang gui’, goji berries and Chinese red dates. It worked like a magic as a quick pick-me-up.
Here the simple instruction on how to make the herbal tea. Dan gui, goji berries and red dates are available from most Chinese grocery stores in Australia.
(Please consume in moderation – 2 serves, or the same person to consume over 2 days )
- 2 pieces of dried ‘dang gui’ 當歸
- 1 tbsp. of dried goji berries 枸杞
- 6-8 dried Chinese red dates 红枣
- 1 tbsp. of sugar (I prefer Chinese rock sugar or palm sugar)
- 1.5 cup of water
Note: Rock sugar is less sweet than normal sugar. it is said to have nourishing benefits to lung and stomach, and may relief cough. There are white rock sugar which is produced using modern method, and yellow rock sugar which is produced using a more traditional method.
Rinse the herbs; place all ingredients in a small sauce pan, bring to boil; simmer for 30 minutes. Serve warm.