八寶茶 Bā Bǎo Chá (Eight Treasure Tea)

Today I will tell you three wonderful recipes (Summer Meadow, Evening Peace and Lady Health) for this healthy and tasty tea. Once drunk, you will certainly never go shopping for tea bags or flavored blends again. 

History of herbs

Herbs, flowers, and fruits have been used in Chinese medicine (TCM) for more than three millennia, and is proven to historical source material.

For comparison:

In the Arab world–shortly after the death of the Prophet Muhammad (died at 08.06.632), science began to make incredible progress and soon scholars had considerable knowledge in the field of Islamic medicinal herbs (Source, Dr. Ibrahim B. Sayed).  

Europe medicine (TEM) with medicinal herbs was called monastic medicine or also monk medicine. It had its peak between the 6th and 12th century. They probably owed her later mainly knowledge to the Arab plant expert, who was christened Constantinus Africanus in Italy around 1075. He became a Benedictine lay brother and began translating Arabic medical literature into Latin.

Where does the Bā Bǎo Chá come from?

In China each different ruler and emperor had special mixtures created to protect themselves from diseases, allergies, weight gain, and aging processes. These mixtures are called Bā Bǎo Chá because they consist of eight ingredients – for Chinese people, the absolute lucky number, as it symbolizes wealth. Wealth here means not only material but also ideal wealth.

The meaning of the numbers is inseparably connected with the belief in Feng Shui in China. This ancient Chinese art/science aims to arrange a room to promote health, prosperity, relationships, and success. To achieve this, it uses many different means, e.g., colors, cardinal points, light, materials, different shapes, heights, and depths.

Everything together is good for the Qi in the human being, the flow of movement, and the balance between body, mind, and soul, thus avoiding blockages. So it is no wonder that these tea blends work miraculously. Over the centuries, so many different mixtures have been created, which support different body processes depending on the ingredients.

Recipes for remixing

The mixtures are never just random, but follow the respective taste and effect of the ingredients. Nothing should taste too much and surpass the other nuances. The modes of action must also support each other and must not be mutually exclusive, as otherwise, they would be worthless for health – in large quantities harmful, for example with fresh ginger in summer through increased sweating, thus water loss and disturbance of the Yin. 

Therefore, my two favorite mixtures are well-balanced in the best possible way and support general all-around well-being. I buy my ingredients exclusively in Chinese tea shops or pharmacies. You can, therefore, enjoy them without hesitation or mix them yourself according to the instructions.

Preparation 

It is best to pour the mixture loosely into a 1-liter pot and pour boiling water over it. You can also use a tea filter bag or tea strainer. With the latter, make sure it is large enough. Small tea eggs are not suitable, as the mixture expands about five times. Leave the mixture to steep for 3 minutes, stir briefly, then it is ready to drink. You can pour one or two more times one liter of boiling water over this mixture. This way, you have something to drink all day long. The longer the tea is steeped, the more intense its taste. 

Summer meadow – for morning and daytime

  • One pinch of ginger powder (shēng jiāng), immunizing, good for colds, and flatulence.
  • Half teaspoonful of green tea (lǜ chá) is good for the heart, detoxification, anti-inflammatory, and good for the skin, as it contains antioxidants. 
  • Two rosebuds (méi guī huā) soothe bloatedness and stomach cramps, prevent constipation and help with women’s complaints.
  • A Chinese date (Zǎo) for the cardiovascular system, nerves, fatigue, and lack of energy.
  • Five Goji Berries (gǒu qǐ zi) are considered to be life-prolonging (anti-aging) and support for the whole organism (Yin/Yang). 
  • Five (or three) Chrysanthemum (jú huā) good for the liver and eyes, reduces body heat, and is effective against overweight and stress. 
  • Five (or three) Hawthorn (Shan Zha is said to have a heart healing effect. Chest pain or irregular heartbeat can be improved. It can also be used to treat low as well as high blood pressure, “arteriosclerosis” (atherosclerosis) and also for high cholesterol levels. 
  • Five to six rock candy (bīng táng) is effective against dry mouth, and dry cough/neck pain (moisturizing the lungs) and is balancing for the middle of the body (stomach, spleen).

Evening Peace for afternoon/evening

  • One pinch of ginger powder (shēng jiāng), immunizing, good for colds, and flatulence.
  • Half teaspoonful of Green tea (lǜ chá) is good for the heart, detoxification, anti-inflammatory, and good for the skin because it contains antioxidants. 
  • Three or Five Ginseng Flower (tián qī huā /Notoginseng) tastes slightly bitter, strengthening the immune system and is good for the liver, blood, nerves, and cells.   
  • Five to Six Blackberries (hēi méi) for liver, kidneys, and stomach. They are rich in antioxidants and are therefore good for dry skin, brittle nails, and restlessness. 
  • Five (or three) Hawthorn (Shan Zha is said to have a heart healing effect. Chest pain or irregular heartbeat can be improved. It can also be used to treat low as well as high blood pressure, “arteriosclerosis” (atherosclerosis) and also for high cholesterol levels.  
  • Five (or three) Chrysanthemum (jú huā) good for liver and eyes, reduces body heat, and is valid for overweight and stress. 
  • Two hibiscus flowers (luò shén huā /Roselle) are considered to balance cholesterol, blood circulation, and thus blood pressure, protect against colds and coughs, reduce sweating, aid digestion, and weight loss. The ingredients are regarded as helpers against cancer cells.
  • Five to six rock candy (bīng táng) is effective against dry mouth, and dry cough/neck pain (moisturizing the lungs) and is balancing for the middle of the body (stomach, spleen).

Lady Health

This tea is specially blended for women. It supports the nerve strength and has a positive effect on the women’s specific organs. The ingredients prevent skin aging and supply the body with antioxidants and against free radicals. This mixture should be drunk during the day. Overall, the tea promotes inner peace and well-being.

  • Half teaspoonful of Green tea (lǜ chá) is good for the heart, detoxification, anti-inflammatory, and good for the skin because it contains antioxidants. 
  • Five Ginseng Flower (tián qī huā /Notoginseng) tastes slightly bitter, strengthening the immune system and is good for the liver, blood, nerves, and cells.   
  • Three Chrysanthemum (jú huā) good for liver and eyes, reduces body heat, and is valid for overweight and stress. 
  • Five Goji Berries (gǒu qǐ zi) are considered to be life-prolonging (anti-aging) and support for the whole organism (Yin/Yang). 
  • One Rosebuds (méi guī huā) soothe bloatedness and stomach cramps, prevent constipation and help with women’s complaints.
  • A Chinese date (Zǎo) for the cardiovascular system, nerves, fatigue, and lack of energy.
  • Two blueberries (lán méi) – alternatively you can use Blackberries (hēi méi), good for the intestines and blood cleansing. Like the goji berries, they are high in antioxidants.
  • Two rock candy (bīng táng) is effective against dry mouth, and dry cough/neck pain (moisturizing the lungs) and is balancing for the middle of the body (stomach, spleen).

祝一切顺利再见 (Zhù yīqiè shùnlì zài jiàn) – All the best, Goodbye

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