Longan Tea Benefits
Longan contains vitamins A and C, helps us fend ourselves against winter cold and flu season.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, longan works with the heart, kidney, liver and spleen meridians. It is given as a tonic to strengthen and replenish these organs.
Longan has a calming effect, which may help with insomnia and memory.
It is also an antioxidant and is anti-inflammatory.
Longan Tea Side Effects
Most authorities agree that longan has few risks. However, if you have fluid retention issues, or have mucus or phlegm in your lungs, consult with your health care provider before drinking tea made with longan.
Whats a good way to prepare longan tea?
I personally prefer the green tea with dried longan. It is easy to prepare. The Longan green tea is well balanced in terms of flavour – not too sweet and yet tasty to make you want to drink more.
Another option is a hot favorite among the vietnamese – Longan with lotus seed. See the image below. Looks yummy!
Dragon Eye Tea Recipe
- 8 oz hot water
- Your favorite black or green tea; 1 tea bag or enough loose tea to make one cup
- Place your tea in a pot.
- Add the hot water.
- Let steep 2-3 minutes.
- Place longan in the bottom of your teacup.
- Strain the hot tea into your cup over the longan.
- Let steep 1-2 minutes.
- Sip and enjoy.
After the tea is gone, scoop out a dragon eye. Place it on your tongue and savor the tarty sweetness of summer. If it has a seed, you can eat the seed, but spitting it discreetly into a napkin or your spoon also works.
I hope you enjoy longan tea (or dragon eye tea) as much as I do. I’m going to make myself a cup now!