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Red Dates Tea

Submitted by on January 4, 2014 – 1:56 pm6 Comments | 20,377 views

Red Dates Tea


Soup Name: Red Dates Tea

Traditional Chinese Name:  红枣茶 (Hóng zǎo chá)

My herbalist suggested I drink a simple tea made of red dates during my period. It’s super easy to make, as the dates are already sitting in the fridge and you just add hot water. Some people will boil it with a few other ingredients, such as wolfberries and fresh ginger slices. This is also an ideal confinement drink if you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth – replace this in place of coffee or tea to avoid the caffeine, but get the benefits of the blood replenishment.


Amount serves: 1 cup for 1 person (you!)

What Ingredients are required?

6 dried red dates, sliced

1 cup of boiling water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Slice your red dates thinly
  2. Add to a mug and add boiling water
  3. Steep for 2 minutes. It will get sweeter over time as the tea steeps further.

Any benefits?

  • Helps rejuvenate the body after a period and restore blood loss
  • Excellent for maintaining healthy blood pressure
  • Excellent source of Vitamin C

Any precautions?

  • Make sure you remove the seeds of dried red dates as the seeds are known to create “fire” in the body
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  • burgbabe says:

    Thank you for this great reminder. Do you usually eat the red dates as well? Or is it meant to be sufficiently helpful to drink the tea?

    Many thanks

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear burgbabe, I don’t eat the red dates, but you can. I use it just for flavor and I’ve found lately it’s a great substitute for tea and coffee while at work. So I’ll make a cup of 10 cut up dates and refill it with hot water about 3-4 times before it’s really bland. Hope this helps! Lisa

  • Rose says:

    Hi! Can you recommend a soup great for nourishing the lungs after a cough from heaty yellow phlegm? I have recovered from my cold and been drinking ginger tea to keep my lungs warm because my lungs feel cold now. I think its due to the heat clearing food I’ve been eating to remove the heat from my body and to resolve the phlegm. Thank you.

  • Mary says:


    Can you clarify what do you mean by the seeds of dried dates are known to create fire? Does it mean if I cook with the seeds, it will be heaty for the body?

    Thank you

  • Alison says:


    My understanding red date has the “replenish blood” effect. I wonder why your herbalist suggest you to have this tea when you are having your period. Then you will get very heavy period?

    However, It is normally recommended for having after period to ” replenish the blood” in the body. Thanks.

  • Christine says:

    May I check with you if red date tea suitable for pregnant women?

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