Hello rainy Monday! Let’s start this brand new week with a home brew flower tea shall we?
Within this aromatic flower tea mix, I’d combined Chrysanthemum and Myosotis Sylvantica (aka Forget-Me-Not) mainly for the functionality they serve in helping me to combat a bad flu last week.
Chrysanthemum is long known and used for treating respiratory problems in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and Forget-Me-Not is high in Vitamin C and boosts immunity.
Apart from their health properties, the delicate purple bloom is a beauty secret weapon. They support in skin nourishment and said to be an effective skin-whitening agent in lightening dark spots and wrinkles.
Having a cup of home brewed tea from the flower buds infuses a round-bodied, and appealingly clean flavour as compared to tea bags in my opinion. It is absolutely soul-soothing to drink tea at 3-4pm, when it is time to walk around even if I am sedentary, when I completed my chores, when I return home from a big grocery trip.
For a refreshingly sweet and lively taste preference, pour hot flower tea brew over dried longans and a teaspoon of Chinese wolf berries. They are both great to boost “Qi”, our energy levels in another words. Allow them to steep for a couple of minutes, and you’ll get busy drinking and chewing on these natural sweeteners to perk you up!
Before I introduce the Myosotis Slyvatica + Chrysanthemum Beauty Tea recipe, I want to share with you about how I learned to have a true, loving relationship with myself by being acutely aware of what I eat currently.
It all started from my journey of self-employment; solely manning this blog and working on food styling jobs at the start of this year. Being my own system, I was preoccupied to getting things done and neglected myself. Even though my working hours are flexible, having irregular meals and poor quality of sleep were the stumbling blocks I have encountered for myself.
When food and sleep were poorly managed, my health paid a price. I was ill for a full week in February. Everything was put on hold and I had to turn down jobs. It was a massive bummer😔
I panicked, and I felt horrible and guilty for not taking responsibility over my health. Essentially, it’s a self-love and time-management problem to fix.
Ever since that mini lesson, I realised I couldn’t sabotage myself again. I started a routine to ensure I eat better at regular timings, and even forced myself to hit slumberland by 11pm.
We are what we eat, and our faces reflect how well we sleep.
If we want to look sharp, radiant, and beautiful from inside out, we ought to eat and drink fresh, natural, diverse foods, and have at least 7-8 hours of good quality sleep a day. They definitely have an impact on our entire lives, our attitudes, our energy and emotions. Crazy huh? But very true.
With that said, I am going through a self-examination process, learning what foods allow me to perform better, think clearer and what foods to avoid another episode of sickness. Eating more leafy greens, removing red meats to unleash the vital goddess certainly takes a little practice. The more we practice to bring awareness of the foods we eat, the more we will eat intuitively!
After all, it is still a work in progress and I finally know what it means to feel a connection with my body- how to heal myself when it shuts down on me and how to nourish myself. I hope to share with all of you my journey in the upcoming recipes! Leave your comments or any recipe suggestions you’re hoping to learn for your overall well-being!
Have a lovely week!Xx
FORGET ME NOT + CHRYSANTHEMUM FLOWER TEA (1 litre pot of tea)
Brewing time: 8 mins
5g dried white chrysanthemums (Tai Ju 胎菊）
5g Myosotis Sylvantica (Forget-Me-Not 勿忘我）
2 tsp Chinese wolf berry (goji berries 枸杞子）
4 Thai dried longan flesh（龙眼肉）
1 litre filtered water
Boil water and allow it to cool for a minute to around 90-95℃.
Pour dried flower buds into the teapot and fill with hot water. Let it steep for 3-5 minutes till the buds bloom.
Add 2 longan and 1 tsp Chinese wolf berry into each mug. Pour flower tea mix, and let them steep for another 3 minutes. Enjoy!
For iced tea lovers, follow the same brewing directions and add in ice cubes. Always drink tea that is freshly brewed, best within half an hour. Do not leave it sitting around overnight as tea darkens and becomes sour and undrinkable.
All the above ingredients are available at Hock Hua Tonic #notsponsored