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Soup Name:  Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)

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Apple Chinese Herbal Tea (For Coughs)

Submitted by on April 7, 2018 – 5:46 pm3 Comments | 47,051 views

When a virus, cold, or flu has you down, my go to hot drink is usually a Chinese Herbal tea that addresses my illness.  Lately, I have been tackling yet another virus strain that has left me with a cough and my Chinese Herbalist recommended this easy, smooth, vitamin C packed Chinese tea to address my cough and heal my lungs.

It’s a tea because I don’t use meats or bones, but I don’t actually put any tea leaves in it.  The key ingredient is the dried seabed coconut (which is a lung healer and addresses coughs).  Also throw in some dried snow pears, dried apricot kernals (north and south), dried lily bulbs, dried tangerine peel, sugared dates, and fresh apples.

Apple Herbal Tea 01

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According to my Chinese doctor, apples are the only fruit I can consume while with a cough, cold, virus, or flu.  They are the most neutral of fruits.   In a ceramic pot, boil your water (4 cups worth, which will reduce to 2 cups).  When the water boils, add all the ingredients together and cover.  Boil on medium for 2 hours until it reduces and the apples become soft.

Apple Herbal Tea 03

Apple Herbal Tea 04

In the end, you’re left with a slightly tart, slightly sweet, but very smooth and rich tea.  You can even eat the apples!  For those who don’t like the stuff floating around, you can strain the tea through a thin strainer as bits of apples may be dissolved into the tea (also very yummy!).

You can follow along in my video here below:


Apple Chinese Herbal Tea (For Coughs)
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Recipe type: Chinese Tea
Serves: 2 cups
  • 3 fresh apples, halved
  • 1 large piece of Fu Ling
  • 1 tablespoon of north and south apricot kernals
  • 1 tablespoon of dried tulip bulbs
  • 2 sugared dates
  • 1 piece of dried tangerine peel
  • 1 cup of dried seabed coconut
  • 4 cups of water
  1. Boil your water in a ceramic pot
  2. Half your apples, keeping the skin on (so they don't completely disintegrate into the tea)
  3. When your water boils, add all the ingredients in together
  4. Boil on medium for 2 hours
  5. Let cool, serve and enjoy!




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