Ladies, it’s time to nourish ourselves every time of the month. As I approach the first week before my next period cycle, signs of rapid perspiration, rising body temperature, fatigue, erratic emotions, and soreness in my lady part are seemingly more visible than they were in my early 20s. Perhaps the only pleasing part of pre menstrual syndrome (PMS) for me is my swelling boobs to give this mini chest a little perk & boost hahah.
Jokes aside, I gradually learn to stop taking my health for granted, especially when that 1 to 2 weeks of PMS can affect my performance at work, my energy and the way I treat people around me. PMS can easily take control of our lives, but with proper nourishment in our diet, we can relieve these symptoms. That’s why I got into a habit of brewing this Red Date Ginger Tea with Cinnamon to nourish myself with minimal effort using good quality ingredients from Hock Hwa, the Chinese medical hall.
For many years, red dates are vital tonic to balance our qi (energy) in times of stress, fatigue, soothe the stomach. Compared to Middle-eastern Medjool dates, red dates have lower calorie and sugar level with 32 times of Vitamin C. On a side note, ginger is tested as the leading drug for alleviation of painful periods, and it has significant relief properties in menstrual pain intensity and duration. Putting them together, the effectiveness for keeping our PMS. under control is valid.
This deeply-spiced home brew elixir is like a comfort blanket with ginger, dates (jujube fruit), cinnamon and cordyceps. You can kiss goodbye to ibuprofen.
RED DATE GINGER TEA WITH CINNAMON
Serves 1 litre ( 3 cups)
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Diet Notes: Vegan, Vegetarian
2 large honey dates （蜜枣）
6 seedless red dates （红枣）
1 large cinnamon stick
1 knob of old ginger, washed and sliced with skin on
5g cordycep miltaris (Premium) （冬虫夏草）
1.5 litre filtered water
Wash and soak honey dates and red dates in a bowl of room temperature water for 5 minutes.
Bowl 1.5 litre water in a pot over medium high heat. Once it starts boiling, add ginger slices, cinnamon stick and soaked dates.
Leave tea to boil for 5 minutes.Turn down to medium heat, and simmer for 25 minutes.
Add cordycep militaris to the pot and simmer 5 minutes. Remove tea from heat.
Scoop up honey dates and red dates from tea. Rinse them quickly with water to cool down slightly. Slice honey dates into thin strips. Divide evenly between 3 heat-proof glasses or mugs. Ladle honey ginger tea into each glass. Use a toothpick and pierce through two red dates and set at the edge of the glass. Drink tea while its hot and eat the red dates for extra nourishment.
Vitamin C content of the dates will be lost with prolonged exposure to hot water. Do not over boil it.
For remaining tea left in the pot, let it cool down to room temperature. Pour into a water bottle. Reheat tea by pouring it into a mug microwave for 2 minutes before drinking. Do not consume tea when it is cold as cold beverage may instigate the production of prostaglandins which causes muscles contraction in the ovary and vaginal walls, resulting to cramps.
Old ginger tastes slightly more earthy, woody and pungent than young ginger. For those who prefer a deep spicy taste in your tea, choose old ginger.
More to know
Coryceps militaris supports healthy lungs and kidney, and body immunity.
Cinnamon has a significant effect on reduction of pain, menstrual bleeding, nausea and vomiting without side effects. It can be regarded as a safe and effective treatment for dysmenorrhea in young women. (Source: NCBI)
An eighth of a teaspoon of ground ginger power that is taken 3 times a day during one’s period is tested head-to-head against the leading drug for the alleviation of painful periods and reduction of menstrual blood loss. (Source: Nutritional Facts.org)
With loads of love,