5 Benefits of Red Date Longan Tea During Confinement

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You’ve heard of lemon tea, you’ve heard of Chrysanthemum tea, you’ve heard of Chinese tea, but have you heard of Red Date Longan Tea? You have? Oh…well…that wasn’t how it was supposed to go. You were supposed to say no and then we can move on with the benefits.

What’s that you say? You’ve only heard of it, but don’t actually know why it’s beneficial? Oh, alright then. We can work with that. 

Behold, the Red Date Longan Tea! It’s one of the most popular teas that every other aunty out there will swear by. From its name, you can tell that it is a combination of longan fruit and red dates that’s brewed, hence the tea portion of the name.

RED DATES

Red dates (also known as jujube fruits) are well-known for their medicinal and herbal properties. When combined with longans, they produce incredible health benefits such as blood replenishment and aid in wound healing. 

These are the very reasons why women have been drinking red dates longan tea during their menstruation or confinement period for generations.

This begs the question – why?

Why, exactly, would this particular fruit or berry or ingredient be so beneficial? Also, how did anyone figure out in the days before microscopes and advanced technology that the red dates would be so good?

We’ll take a look at the traditional understanding of the fruit first.

Traditionally

Jujube dates are plants that are classified as ‘Tonic herbs for Qi Deficiency.’ Tonic herbs are used to treat patterns of deficiency when one of the ‘Four Treasures’ is missing (Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang). Qi tonics are often sweet, and they enter the Spleen and Lungs because these Organs are primarily involved in Qi production. It also serves a secondary function – tonify the spleen as well as stomach.

At this point, if you are unsure of what Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners mean by “Tonify”, the dictionary definition of it basically means to “Increase the available energy of”. In other words, you are giving your stomach and spleen more…available energy.

Also, it is said that the regular consumption of red dates tea is traditionally thought to keep the womb warm and increase fertility.

Now, as fascinating as the TCM views are on the subject, we have to delve even deeper to the Western side of things in order to get a better understanding of this wonder fruit.

Nutritionally

When we analyse this little plant under the microscope, we find that it is high in vitamin C, contains Iron, Fibre, and Potassium. All of them work in tandem to help your body increase absorption of iron which is essential in wound healing, increasing red blood cells, reduce the likelihood of constipation, and maintain muscle function as well as regulate your heartbeat.

At this point, you might be asking – What about the Longan then? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there too!

LONGAN

Fun fact, did you know that the Longan belongs to the same family tree (pun not intended) as the Lychee and Rambutan? The story behind its name is even more awe-inspiring. Legend goes that its juicy fruit with its semi translucent white flesh and glossy black seed resembles the eye of a dragon – Long-yan. Hence “Long-an”…because we all love to abbreviate words and pronunciations.

Now this particular fruit is said to help regulate heart beat, replenish blood, may help with anxiety by calming one down, and may also improve sleep.

As usual, we will look at both the traditional as well as scientific reasons for these claims, starting with tradition.

Traditionally

Longans are plants classified as ‘Tonic herbs for Blood Deficiency’ in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tonic herbs are used to treat patterns of deficiency when one of the ‘Four Treasures’ is missing (Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang). Blood tonics are typically bitter-sweet and either warm or neutral in character. All Blood tonics enter the Liver’s Channel because it stores Blood.

Now that we have that TCM definition out of the way, let’s look at it from the Western point of view.

Nutritionally

Longan fruit, like most fruits, has vitamin C, which is one of the reasons why fruit is so important in a healthy diet. Granted, the dried versions of this fruit that is later boiled for the Red Date Longan Tea loses much of its vitamin C contents, a healthy amount still remains. On top of that, it also contains iron and potassium which helps your body regulate muscle contractions as well as your heartbeats while iron supports healing of wounds!

Red Dates Longan Tea

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We’ve looked at red dates on their own and we’ve also looked at Longan. They’re both beneficial separately. What happens when we put them together then?

Well, here, too, they’re beneficial. However, do note that brewing them in the heat will degrade the Vitamin content somewhat. Even then, this concoction still contains a good amount of potassium and iron to help regulate heart beat, muscle function, replenish blood loss, improve Qi, promote calmness, and improve sleep.

Closing Words

That, sadly, brings us to the end of our article about longan and red dates benefits. Coincidentally, did you know that this drink is quite popularly used in confinement meals?

Oh, yes, Singapore confinement meal delivery services use this red date longan tea confinement booster. Incidentally, it’s not just a dessert sort of drink, as it also pairs well with confinement breakfast food.Here’s a fun little sidenote, all this talk of confinement food brings up the fact that we at Tian Wei also deal with confinement meal delivery services. If you’d like to know more about our fusion menu and want to learn about the benefits of confinement meals in more detail, feel free to drop us an enquiry on our website today!