There are many different types of Chinese herbs specifically for males or females. ‘Dang gui’ tea (當歸茶) is a traditional tonic to boost female health and wellness, increase blood supply, improve circulation, reduce menstrual pain, assist with hydration and anti-aging. My mother used to make this tonic with goji berries and Chinese red dates. It is a magical pick-me-up.
Here is my simple recipe on how to make this herbal tea. Dangui, goji berries and red dates are available from most Chinese grocery stores across Australia.
(Please consume in moderation to avoid ‘over-heat’ – this recipe makes 2 serves to be consumed 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 regular sugar. it is said to have nourishing benefits to the lung and stomach and may provide relief to coughs. White rock sugar is produced using a more modern method. Yellow rock sugar is produced using a more traditional method.
Rinse the ingredients; place all ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to boil; simmer for 30 minutes with a lid on. Serve warm.