I always love the scents of floral. So, I developed this hobby in mixing my own essential oil blends for my daily scents therapy. Apart from that, I also make it a must to drink at least a cup of flower tea daily. Scents of flower not only simulate your organ, but it can also be a good benefit if you drink the tea too.
There are many benefits to drinking flower tea.
- Improves digestion
- Relieve stress
- Reduces pain and inflammation
- Nourishes skin
- Boosts up metabolism and promote weight loss
- Slow down the process of ageing
Some of my favourite flower tea which I always stock up at home - Jasmine, Chrysanthemum, Lavender, Butterfly Pea Flower, Osmanthus and Rosebud.
How to prepare delicious flower tea?
There are 3 ways of making flower tea.
1. Just a flower tea style.
Wash the flowers. Then soaked it in boiling water for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove it and drink. Well, you can add honey or sugar. But for health purpose, I would skip that.
2. Coupling the flowers
The benefits of flower tea can be enhanced by coupling it with tea leaves. My three favourite coupling is chrysanthemum with green tea, rosebud with white tea and osmanthus with black tea.
3. Boiling in the cooker
Mixed all the other ingredients such as red dates, birds nest, peach gum, rock sugar, goji berries, longan. monk fruits and many other herbs which depend on the recipe. Benefits will be different when you prepare your tea in this way too.
For the first and second method of preparing, I usually use a tea bag for convenient purpose. You know all those flowers and tea leaves can get in your way when drinking. I can save my hassle straining the residues.
Below some of my personal favourite flower tea recipes. Simple preparation and it won't take much of your time to prepare this for good health benefits.
Frizzy Butterfly Pea Flower Recipe
- 4 pieces of butterfly pea flowers - wash and then soaked in boiling water for 5 minutes.
- 1/2 lime - squeeze for juice
- Sparkling water - well you can add soda or 7 up or sprite. Anything for your liking
- Mint leaves - optional
Pour the blue colour butterfly pea flower tea into the pot. Then add in lime juice. Surprisingly, by this time you will be amazed the blue colour tea turn into dark purple due to the acidic effect. Kids will love to watch this colour changing process. Add in honey to taste and pour in the sparkling water for some refreshing effect. You can always use filtered water and ice. Drop-in some mint leaves. This drink is perfect during the hot summertime.
A quick benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea :
- Weight loss - good news for women
- Good for eyes health - just wish this helps for me.
- No caffeine - which means can drink this any time of the day
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Good for heart health
- Stress relief since it has calming effect
Cooling Chrysanthemum Tea Recipe
- Chrysanthemum flower
- Red dates
- Goji berries
- Peach gum (optional for collagen effect)
A quick benefit of Chrysanthemum Flower Tea :
- Caffeine-free - so you can drink without worry
- Natural coolant - perfect for summertime
- Liver detox
- Loads with Vitamin C
- Sore throat reliever
- Helps to ease digestion problem
- Stimulating properties and able to calms down the nerves.
Special weight loss and beauty flower tea recipe (Xiao Zhi Yang Yan Hua Cha)
- Jasmine flowers
Please wash all the ingredients. Add into the pot and bring it to boil. Then let it steeps in for 15 minutes before you enjoy it. You don't need to add in any honey or sugar to this tea since the stevia leaves have the natural sweetener taste. This tea is surprisingly delicious.
A quick benefit of Xiao Zhi Yang Yan Hua Cha :
- Helps in digestion and detoxification
- Improve in bowel function ( warning if you are the first-timer drinking this, you maybe need to go the toilet a few times. Detox effect. Anyway, it's not an unpleasant effect. You feel lighter and cleaner after all this ordeal. For those who have constipation, this tea recipe is good to help.
- Promote and regulate blood circulation
- Improve in skin complexion and make it more radiance
- Pack with antioxidant properties
If you find the list of ingredients is too much to prepare, you can always purchase it ready mix like the one I bought from my favourite Traditional Chinese Herbs shop, Ban Heng Tong Trading. My Chrysanthemum, Butterfly Pea Flower tea and Xiao Zhi Yang Yan Hua Cha look super fresh, right? They are all from Ban Heng Tong.
I usually bought my flower tea and other Chinese herbs from them since they only sell fresh and good quality teas, herbs and able to give proper advice for which herbs and tea suits your needs. Ban Heng Trading best seller is a herbs mixture for those with heart problems/heart attack with artery blocks.
Ban Heng Tong Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM) shop is quite well known in Malacca. They are not new and has been well established since the year 1989 by Mr Teo Choon Swee. Mr Teo through the hard work of his dedicated research in TCM has created a well known cardiac patency medicine to help those with heart conditions.
Ban Heng Tong currently has in a total of 4 branches in Malacca itself to serves theirs overflowing customers who are seeking out the heart prescription as well as other Chinese Herbs.
Ban Heng Tong , Kampung Lapan branch address: No. 632, Taman Sri Indah , Kampung Lapan, 75200 Melaka (contact number : 017 331 8077)
Ban Heng Tong, Jalan Melaka Raya branch address : No. 300, Jalan Melaka Raya 2, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka (contact number : 017 678 9101)
Ban Heng Tong, Ayer Keroh branch address : A4, Jalan PKCAK2, Pusat Komersial Cerdana, Ayer Keroh Melakan, 75450 Melaka (contact number : 016 345 1900)
Ban Heng Tong, Jalan Bunga Raya branch address : No. 169, Jalan Bunga Raya Melaka, 75100 Melaka (contact number : 017 637 5044)
Opening hours: Mon-Sun between 9am to 7pm
Please note that there is another Chinese Herbal shop in similar Chinese name with them but the other shop spells out as Sin Ban in English. They are the different owner and the products are originally from Ban Heng.
Don't worry for those who are not residing in Malacca. We are in the technology era. Location is less important nowadays. Ban Heng Tong also have an online store and official page.
Ban Heng Tong official website: https://www.ban-heng-tong.com/
Ban Heng Tong Shopee store : https://shopee.com.my/banhengtong
Bang Heng Tong Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/banhengtong_official/
Bang Heng Tong Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/wanxingtang/
You must check out their Shopee store. They have amazing selections over there.
Check out below video for butterfly pea tea changing effect.