Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Red Date Lotus Seeds and Lily Bulb Tea

I happened to find Lily Bulb while doing marketing yesterday and decide to do up this recipe. This tea is good for easing insomnia, restlessness and irritability. Lily Bulb (Bai He) is often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to calm and relieve the mind in order to retain healthy energy within the body. And lotus seeds nourish the heart and also help to prevent insomnia.

Preparation: 3 mins, Cooking time: 17 mins

Ingredients (serves 2)
° 12 seedless red dates
° 50g fresh lotus seeds
° 1 slice ginger (optional)
° 40g rock sugar, or to taste
° 750ml water
° 50g fresh lily bulb, peel off petals piece by piece

Method
1. Combine the red dates, lotus seeds, ginger, water and rock sugar in a pot, bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add the lily bulb and bring to a boil.
2. Serve hot.

2 comments:

nourish said...

if you are trying to make something to promote calmness seems counterproductive to add sugar (and 12 dates). both are stimulating.

Crystal @ Blog*Spot said...

Hi Norish

Thanks, where did get that info? I always thought that we shouldn’t give too much sweet stuff for hyperactive kid, but does that apply to adult too?

Hmm… red date, some people can’t even take red date at all, too heaty for them, so it all depends on the individual.

Anyway, as I stated on the blog, please feel free to adjust the ingredients.

This recipe is more for good for easing insomnia, restlessness and irritability. Another recipe for insomnia is using Long Gan and Red Dates to cook porridge with some rock sugar added. Long Gan with Lotus Seed Soup is another recipe too.

From I gather, red date is quite commonly used for treating insomnia etc. Based on one of the article cutting, it says:

红枣 - 适合因气血虚弱而引起失眠, 健忘或生产气血不足的人士, 也特别适体质弱, 中老年人与容易疲倦者。
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体质燥热的妇女不宜在月经期吃红枣, 否则会造成月经量过多。

I am not into TCM, maybe when there is time, I shall read up more on this.

Cheers :)

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