Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Longjing Green Tea Barley Red Date Detoxify Soup

Most people commonly cooking Barley water is simple home remedy for cleansing, support and nourishing of kidney, and for bladder ailments and urinary infections, diarrhea, and coughing. 

Barley has very good source of  fibre, selenium, phosphorus, copper and manganese. An important part of the Selenium is our body essential component, the value of the at least 52% of selenium can be obtained in a cup of cooked barley, regularly drinking barely water can help to boost the metabolic pathway e.g thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidant defense and immunity functions.

We also know the benefits of drinking Chinese Tea, especially the green tea of Longjing 龙井茶and the Oolong Tea 乌龙茶 is somewhere between green and black in oxidation. Which have the antioxidant effect and increases metabolic rate and fat oxidation. To help melt away body fat, as well as activate certain enzymes and controlling the deposition of triglyceride.

Longjing tea or Chinese name as Dragon Well 龙井茶 is green tea from Hangzhou, Zhejiang province of china. It's a gentle rich and pure aroma tea contains of amino acids, Vitamin C and highest catechins among teas. Chinese Tea especially Longjing green tea contains tea polyphenols (catechins) that help in weigh lost. Oolong Tea also works wonderful as to drink away pounds for burning body fatty tissue. As it helps in clarify skin also fight against signs of aging, plus it is great detoxifying tea with highly antioxidant effect. It strengthens body immunity system too. 

I choose Longjing Green Tea for this recipe.This creates a concoction for a specific ailment in this recipe, which is to cook the barley powder and red dates paste into soup, stews and infused Longjing tea to combine into the Barley Red date soup. With the little bit of aroma taste of tea, adding green tea to this Barley drink that cook with red dates is a wonderful antioxidant and detoxify drink for the hot weather.

Red dates give sweet flavor and warming effect to help in enhances and harmonizes for cooking with other herbs. It also helps in promoting good health in lungs, heart and nourishing the spleen and stomach as well. A great refreshing, and has the effect of anticancer and wonder detoxifying soup. This produces a cooling drink with diuretic, digestive aid and mild soothing effect.

For easy preparation, you can use ready made Barley Powder and Green Tea Powder selling in the health food store. I found that finely grinding the barely into powder form not only reduce the cooking time, reduces time to stay in the digestive tracts for digestion, it also benefits body absorbing and good for digestive tracts problem people.


  • Barley - 2 tbsp.
  • 15 Red Dates
  • Rock Sugar 1 tbsp
  • Green tea – Longjing tea 1 teaspoon
  • 500 ml of water

You can replace with Ready made barley powder and green tea powder for this recipe.


1. Brew Longjing Tea by using infusion, steeped 3–4 minutes and keep the tea water for use. Or can also use Green Tea Powder with lime taste refreshing for this recipe.


1. Wash barley, drain away the water, air dry, ready for use.

2. Wash Red dates and soaks in water for 15 minutes. Drain dry


3. Blend the Barley into powder form.

4. Blend Red Dates into paste form

5. Bring water to boil, add in barley powder and red dates paste to cook for at least half an hour.

6. Add in green tea powder or Longjing green tea continue with low heat cooking for 3 minutes.

7. Add in rock sugar and serve warm. 


A refreshing dessert soup simply good for burning body fat; clarify your skin complexion for a radiant glow, help to boost energy and strengthens your immune system, detoxifying your spleen, stomach and nourishing your kidney. 

The best time to consume it in the morning. Just like taking a cereal grain for breakfast. This gives your intestinal health a healthy boost for healthy colon to prevent risk of colon cancer, it also has the effect of lower cholesterol, and it regulates blood sugar and barley grain contain of good source of fibre. 

Enjoy it!

Friday, June 04, 2010

A Stimulating Blend ~ Raisin Rosebuds Jasmine Herbal Infusion

Earlier in my blog I wrote about apple cider vinegar soaked with raisin. Raisin is wonderful home remedies and alternative healthy snack and dessert. It has many benefits and with rich amount of iron and calcium, especially it is good source of health and blood tonic to bone health and anemia.

It is brilliance to take raisin regularly. For those who suffer from cold always, and women always in cold hands and feet condition, plus the potassium and magnesium 2 popular constituents of antacids which is very effective in neutralize and reducing body acidity. Raisin is considered as warming food in traditional Chinese medicine.

The great combination of pink rosebuds, dried jasmine flowers, dried stevia leaves and raisin tea gives the beneficial of the effect to ease ingestion and relief constipation too. This natural sweet scented flora herbal infusion is very good alternative natural anti biotic to fight against bacterial infections when you have fever, it helps to bring down the fever and treating flu, sore throat as well running nose.

When feeling fatigue and stressful, The wonderful part of making this infusions comes easily for working people, it restoring nervous system and soothe irritability. Good home remedy for women especially to the menstrual problems.


  • 12 Rosebuds 
  • Jasmine Flower1 tbs.
  • Dried Stevia leaves 1 tbsp
  • 2 tbsp. of Raisin
  • 3 bowls of Water 

Serve 4 cups

Rosebuds or petal is common flora herbs for vital energy circulation, ease abdominal pain, chest stifling, not only for beauty to smoothen skin complexion, it dispels blood stagnation and relief menstrual pain, also common use in home remedy to stimulate and regulate irregular menstrual. It has slimming and alleviates anxiety relieves tension effect. 

Infusions of dried rosebuds have cooling effect and vitamin C content with mild laxative and diuretic effect, relief ingestion and bloating stomach also for weight lost. Drinking rosebuds tea may help to reduce headaches and induce sleep, also blood purifier to clear toxins and heat from the human body. Rose tea is great in decongestant action help to induce menstruation cycle when the cycle is irregular, heavy flows and menstrual pain, and liver remedy for cleansing and stimulating the gallbladder flow in Chinese herb practice.

Dried Jasmine Flower is a sweet highly scented flower; in home remedy it is good for treating inflammation, treat chronic stomach upset to prevent infection, good for gastrointestinal health to promote and increase the probiotic bacteria in the stomach and intestines, relieve anxiety and headache, it cool the blood and calming in Chinese medicinal herb. For women it solves the women menstrual disorder, it helps to stimulate and regular the menstrual disorder, relax the uterus menstruation cramps and pains, jasmine flower can help to relieve the pain and it is uterine tonic herbs.

Dried Stevia leaves are natural sweetener in alternative herbs. It has natural sweetness, calories-free sweetener to taste instead of using sugar, it is a herb plant that use for diabetes and high blood pressure. 
Please refer to this link: Natural sweetener Stevia Rebaudianna Sweet leaves in my previous blog.


1. Cut raisin into small pieces, cook in hot water for 3 minutes.

2. Add in dried rosebuds, dried jasmine flowers, and dried stevia leaves to the pot, continue cooking for 3 minutes.

3. Remove and place in infuser to keep warm and simmer for 3-5 minutes, strain and serve warm.

If you prefer to add smooth taste to it, mixture of fresh milk will give you the milky taste also to boost vital energy, very soothing in taste and can relieve insomnia, dispel fatigue. 

This can be a very nourishing tea for beauty skin indeed. If you have milk lactose intolerance tries not to add fresh milk to it.

A real healing magic to relieve stress and nourishing to beauty herbal infusion. Try it yourself.

It should be taken with caution for breast feeding woman, and during pregnancy, due to the jasmine flower reduces milk production while weaning, it has stimulant effect to uterus.

Caution Disclaimer:
Please note that all the home remedies, traditional medicinal herbs usage are not alternatives for medicine. Although home remedies, alternative healing, natural healing or any alternative health articles are natural, all information I presented here is based on traditional usage and collected for informational purposes only. Results may not necessarily occur in all individuals. For severe illnesses, do not cease taking any prescribed medications. It is recommended that you must consult or seek your physician’s advice before starting any alternative healing with home remedies or herbs with caution.

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