It’s that time of the year when temperature starts to drop and the winter clothes come out of the cupboard, it’s cold and flu season! Around autumn each year, this season comes upon us when air is cold and dry. Andy promised me a coffee date today but it was cancelled because he’s not feeling well. He came home really tired and weak. He has colds. After having dinner I just let him rest and have his ‘me time’.
While Andy was resting I made some herbal tea which is considered useful in treating various health ailments. This herbal tea is called 대추 생강 계피차 (daechu saeng-gang kyepi cha, what a long name! LOL) or Jujube Ginger Cinnamon tea but Koreans just call it Daechu cha (Jujube tea) since the main ingredient is daechu. 🙂
- 20 dried jujubes (Korean dates)
- 15 grams cinnamon stick
- 50 grams ginger
- 1/2 cup honey ( sugar is okay but I prefer the natural sweetener)
- 7 cups of water
- Wash dried jujube, ginger and cinnamon stick. Peel off and slice ginger.
- Put water, dried jujubes, cinnamon stick and ginger in the pot. Boil for 30 minutes in high heat.
- With a wooden spoon, press jujubes gently against the side of the pot and pop the flesh out.
- Reduce to medium heat and boil for 30 more minutes
- Reduce to low heat, add honey and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
- With a strainer, scoop out popped jujubes. With a spoon or ladle, stir and gently press to separate jujube skin and seeds from flesh while keeping the strainer half submerged in water in the pot.
- Discard cinnamon stick, ginger, jujube skin and seeds.
- Serve with pine nuts (optional)
It is a very simple homemade tea. It tastes sweet and is good either hot or cold. When it’s cold season here in Korea, my mom-in-law always reminds me to drink daechu cha to keep my body warm and to avoid having colds and cough.
Health benefits of this herbal tea are as follows:
- Jujube is high in vitamin A, C and Potassium and helps strengthen the immune system. It helps cure or prevent common colds and flu. When combined with ginger, it soothes achy throat muscles and relieves cough.
- It acts as a natural sedative and has soothing effect on the nervous system. Thus it relieves stress and anxiety and helps maintaining your emotional balance.
- It acts as a good detoxifying agent, as it possesses mild to moderate laxative properties. It helps remove various toxins and chemicals from the body and thus helps cleaning body systems.
- It is a good energy booster.
- It has antioxidant properties so it helps delay skin aging and keeps your skin naturally young looking for more years.
Korean words for today:
- 대추 (daechu) – Jujube / Korean dates
- 계피 (kyepi) – cinnamon
- 생강 (saeng gang) – ginger
- 차 (cha) – tea