Honeysuckle, monk fruit and chrysanthemum tea is ideal for autumn and winter. This herbal tea benefits the throat and lung according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Naturally sweetened by monk fruit, this herbal tea is low-carb, keto and vegan.
My son has been sick with a sore throat and a cough. I made this honeysuckle, monk fruit and chrysanthemum tea for him to drink. If you have children, you know how important it is to have herbal remedies that actually taste good. Monk fruit is naturally sweeter than sugar, but without the carbs and calories. This honeysuckle, monk fruit and chrysanthemum throat tea is sweet and delicious.
Honeysuckle, Monk Fruit and Chrysanthemum Tea Ingredients
This herbal tea consists only 3 ingredients commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is extremely easy to make. For this recipe, I used all 3 herbs in dehydrated form.
In Chinese medicine, honeysuckle flowers are used to clear heat and remove toxins. This means honeysuckle flowers have antibacterial and antiviral properties to clear inflammatory and infectious conditions. It benefits the respiratory and digestive systems.
Honeysuckle flowers are popular and versatile. It’s delightful to make a tea with honeysuckle flower alone or mix with other flowers and herbs.
Chrysanthemum is well-known for its cooling properties that help to decrease heat in the lung according to traditional Chinese medicine, to treat common cold and upper respiratory infection. It can also treat cloudy vision and ease eye stress.
Chrysanthemum flowers, like other herbal and medicinal flowers, are often paired with regular teas as well.
Monk Fruit (罗汉果)
Monk fruit is sweet and fragrant and has high nutritional and medicinal value. It’s commonly used in Chinese medicine to stimulate mucus secretion to moisten the throat and lung, and to stimulate insulin secretion to regulate blood glucose. Being low calorie and 200 times sweeter than sugar, it is an ideal for diabetic patients.
Most likely you have heard of monk fruits in the context of monk fruit sweeteners. Monk fruit sweeteners are popular in the health food stores and a staple for folks on the keto and low-carb diets. But monk fruit is way more than a low-carb sweet fruit. Using them whole has a long tradition in China and medicinal values.
Where to Buy the Herbs
I highly recommend checking out some Chinese herbal shops for purchasing these herbal tea ingredients. Because specialty shops carry a larger selection and higher quality medicinal herbs, you can usually fine what you are looking for at those places.
Besides herbal shops, honeysuckles, chrysanthemum and monk fruits are often sold in large Chinese grocery stores as well. In Toronto, I can find all 3 of the ingredients at T&T. Another place to look is Chinese tea shop; they will likely carry honeysuckles and chrysanthemum.
Even if you can’t find the ingredients anywhere locally, we are fortunate to have online shopping and home delivery. Because we are using all non-perishable dried herbs, it’s fairly straightforward to purchase them online:
Tips for Making Herbal Tea
- Herbs and flowers are unlike fruits and vegetables with outer protective skins. When making herbal tea, you don’t need to wash the herbs, especially if they are leaves, flowers and seeds. This is because they will soak up a lot of water, and washing will take away the beneficial compounds within them. For this particular recipe, you can gently rinse the outside of a whole monk fruit, but do not wash the monk fruit if you have cracked them open. Whenever possible, buying organic herbs, such as honeysuckle flowers and chrysanthemum flowers, is really worthwhile.
- In order to fully extract the compounds from the monk fruit, I highly recommend that you crush the monk fruit into small pieces, before boiling.
- To get the most flavour and benefits from a batch of herbs, you can often boil it for the second time. This reduces waste and is more economical.
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Honeysuckle, Monk Fruit and Chrysanthemum Tea
- Crush half of monk fruit into small pieces.
- Add monk fruit pieces, honeysuckle flowers, chrysanthemum flowers, and water into a sauce pan.
- Bring the sauce pan to a boil. Keep the lid on and simmer for 30 mins.
- Strain the tea through a sieve. Serve hot.
- Boiled herbs can be used to make a second batch of tea. Add 2 cups of water to the cooked herbs, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.