Why do mothers take red date longan tea during confinement?
Remember how you used to be tucked into bed as a young child? Remember how cosy and mellow it felt? The whole experience may only remain as a blurry memory for you now, but the feeling is vivid. It’s similar to sipping on a warm, aromatic tea on a chilly or rainy day. It almost instantly refreshes you and puts you in a warm fuzzy mood.
If you have recently given birth and are in that recovery stage at the moment, you would crave that familiar warmth more than anything. You just want to be pampered – and fortunately, it is as easy as sipping on a cup of tea! Really, all you have to do is sip on a cup of tea while resting.
Even better, make that cup of tea a truly good and nutritional one that oozes an abundance of health benefits. Can tea be even healthier than it already is, you ask? It sure can! In fact, there is one most popular tea among new mothers that the mothers before us would regularly drink during their postnatal recovery time — the red dates tea. This tea has quite a reputation as the confinement’s signature beverage, and rightfully so.
The thing about herbal ingredients like red dates is that we know they’re good for us, but we are not quite sure why. If you are neither a nutritionist nor someone who is enthusiastic about food and nutrients, this is completely normal and understandable. For the longest time, we have been told to ‘finish our greens’ simply because they are good for us. Why? We just thought, “oh, maybe they’re good because they aid the digestive system”, or perhaps “they can give us that glowing skin complexion”, or some other things.
Today, we are here to unravel the true goodness of drinking red dates tea. It goes without saying, of course, that the main ingredient is red dates. We already know dates are simply amazing, but today we are going find out why in details.
In Chinese tradition, red dates teas are commonly consumed along with herbal soup by postnatal mothers throughout their confinement. They believe that this practice can speed up their childbirth recovery – and perhaps they really were onto something. On that note, here are five benefits of drinking red dates tea – whether you are a mom, currently expecting, or even if you are neither of these two!
- Red dates are known for medicinal and herbal benefits. Longans and red dates together produce amazing health benefits especially in boosting our immune system and replenishing our blood. For generations, women have been consuming red dates tea during their menstruation or confinement period in order to nourish their blood and improve their immune system.
- Longan is also used as anti-depressants in traditional Chinese medicine as they have shown to have an effect on the central nervous system. Chinese mothers often consume herbal soup together with the teas, to fully utilise the benefits from both red dates teas and the herbal soups to help them recuperate. Our red dates tea simply makes the best companion for our wide variety of herbal soups as it can enhance the abundance of benefits the soups offer.
- During confinement, many women become restless in the midst of caring and nursing their newborn. Longan has been proven to promote a sense of calmness and enhance sleep.
- Red dates are high on Vitamin C, A, B1, B2, protein, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosphorous which makes it an excellent source of nutrients that our bodies need, for its ability to strengthen the stomach and spleen which aids in food digestion.
- It is believed that regular consumption of red dates teas will keep the womb warm and increase fertility. It also helps in the stimulation of white blood cells, which can improve immunity and protect the liver.
As longan is one of the main ingredients in tonics for blood medication, these two ingredients are often coupled together in soups and tea to help boost overall wellness and to strengthen the body’s immunity.
In case you didn’t know, at Tian Wei Signature, each meal from any of our packages comes with 1 litre of Red Dates Tea! Of course, they would be delivered to you warm and tasty with preserved flavours.
How to make red dates tea?
The steps could not be simpler! To make a refreshing pot of longan and red dates tea, simply rinse the longan and red dates, and then combine them in a medium pot of water. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. You may add sugar to sweeten the tea slightly. For the best experience, serve and consume your longan red date tea warm.
This is possibly one of the simplest and most basic ways you can prepare this red date tea confinement beverage. You are free to add in any ingredients that you feel can enhance the taste or boost the health benefits. In addition, our menu serves a wide range of herbal soups that can be consumed along with the red dates teas. Do browse through our menu to see more!
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- Their food are not only yummy, always delivered warm, and definitely well balanced meal. As my 2nd breastfeeding journey I didn’t have problem with my milk supply!
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- Their food is very generous, it’s 2 person portion if you’re a small eater. And one thing that attracted me is that they not only serve the traditional menu, but also the fusion menu which is very delicious yet nutritious for confinement mommies.