Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Leong Cha / Selfheal Flower tea


Herbal-drink

I was having a bad sore throat last week... and it won't go away. Miss E thought that she has given me her 'germs'. She was not well immediately after her school trip to Rottnest Island... poor girl

Mr H kindly boiled some water with selfheal flowers (I read the label on the packet) for his 2 sick ladies in the house...isn't he sweet?

The herbal drink is supposed to cool our 'body' system ...  just like computer CPU... it gets heated up... so does our body especially lack of water...
I am the sceptical of the two...when it comes to traditional medicine (more so if the traditional medicine is bitter..phbbbbt.) ... I drank.. and was clueless to the taste of this herbal drink  at first... only after a few sips... then only I realised that it was Leong Cha......one of the herbal teas that I actually like...the heat must have fused my brain!!! 

For my curious friends...this is a short write -up on Selfheal flower~ sourced from Wikipedia


Prunella is a genus of seven species of herbaceous plants in the family Lamiaceae, also known as self-heals, heal-all, or "allheal" for their use in herbal medicine.

Habitat

Most are native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa, but Prunella vulgaris (the Common Self-heal) is Holarctic in distribution, occurring in North America as well, and is a common lawn weed. Self-heals are low-growing plants, and thrive in moist wasteland and grass, spreading rapidly to cover the ground. They are members of the mint family and have the square stem common to mints.

Medicinal uses

It is reported to have an antiseptic and antibacterial effect, and to be particularly good in cases of food poisoning. In the Pacific Northwest, its juice was used by the Quinault and the Quileute on boils. They also used the whole plant to treat cuts and inflammations. Ointments can be made by fixing the plant with grease[disambiguation needed].

Dried Prunella (Chinese: 夏枯草) is used to make a herbal drink to help restore the body to a natural state after eating too many fried foods. It is also used in the treatment of high blood pressure.

While most of the traditional uses are of unknown (and clinically untested) efficacy, Prunella vulgaris has been shown to be an antioxidant, immune stimulant, viral replication inhibitor and an anti-inflammatory agent
So there we go... the benefit of Prunella... not clinically proven but has been practised for centuries... And I am still sane...winking



Recipe
Selfheal Flowers - purchased from Asian grocer
some brown sugar
water
  1. Wash and rinse the dried flowers. Bring water to boil in a large pot.
  2. Add the flowers. Bring the pot to boil again for 10 minutes and lower the heat to low.
  3. Leave it to simmer for at least 1 hour.
  4. Add brown sugar.
  5. Sieve and leave it cool slightly before consuming.

10 comments:

  1. Seldom see herbal tea served in such nice cup set : ).
    Get well soon to enjoy the festive holidays. Merry X'mas!

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  2. I haven't had leong cha for the longest time. Hubby can't stand the smell and taste. Getting homesick reading your post.

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  3. TasteHongKong,
    Exactly what my husbby said... 'no one served leong cha in tea set'..:D
    Thank you... getting to the road of recovery slowly and painfully...
    Merry Xmas to you too...

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  4. Ellie,
    auuuwwww.... your next trip to Msia... indulge in Leong Cha :)

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  5. That looks interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. You may try Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa (ninjiom-hk.cwahi.net). i know alot of people use it, its also non alcoholic, though it's effectiveness is not as good as alcohol based cough medicine, but it's still good to use on not so serious scratchy throat.

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  7. Rachel,
    Thanks Rachel... will keep that in mind... :)

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  8. Such a great information and I've been looking for this..

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