Ever since I started my food blog one and half year ago, I have been starring at the computer more often and for longer duration too. As a consequence, both my short-sighted and astigmatism have deteriorated. Making thing worse is that I also suffered from long-sighted. Admittedly, these are also signs of aging, and hopefully wiser.
Those blurry eyes of mine reminded me of a chrysanthemum and wolfberry tea recipe (菊花枸杞茶) that I had chanced upon quite sometime back. According to Chinese traditional medicine, both ingredients are said to be effective at improving eyesight and treating illness associated with the eyes like blurred vision and dizziness. I had actually made this tea a couple of times before for my family, but stopped doing so as my hubby did not really like it as much as I thought he would. The main reason being, he disliked seeing chrysanthemums floating in the tea. Another picky eater, agreed?
Recently, I made this tea again. This time, however, I carefully filtered all the Chrysanthemums away before adding the wolfberries. And, I added rock sugar to enhance the taste. Otherwise, it can taste quite bland, which is another reason for my hubby’s initial dislike. To my surprise, he drank the whole cup and even asked me to make it more often in future. As for my son, he won’t say no to anything that has wolfberries in it.
This non-caffeinated tea is so easy-to-prepare. The ingredients used are also cheap and can be found easily at any Chinese medical shops/ supermarket. It is highly recommended for those cybraian who stay along in front of a computer, just like me! Drink this tea once or twice a week to improve your visions and clear heatiness of the liver.
A word of caution! While this tea is suitable to all in general, you need to watch out for the following. As chrysanthemum is cool-natured, people who are asthenia (sensation of chill and easily have cold sweat) are not advisable to drink often. For wolfberry, it is not suitable for those having flu, fever, flame and diarrhea.
a) Wolfberries is used as a general Chinese tonic since ancient times to protect the liver, improve the vision, strenghten weak legs and promote a long life.
b) Chrysanthemum has powerful anti-oxidant. It is used to treat the eyes, blurring, spots in front of the eyes, diminished vision, dizziness and clear heatiness of the liver.
Updated on 10 Oct 2009 (Thanks to the kind sharing of Meg Kat from Imperrfections)
An excerpt from Gojiberry.com
“Tibetan Goji berries are not Chinese wolfberries and it is not correct to call the Chinese wolfberry ‘Goji’.
The ancient Tibetan Lycium berry has different energetic qualities than the Chinese wolfberry and is grown in a different country and soil conditions. The nutrient dense energy of the Goji berry has been recognized as having the highest in nutrient content of all the 80 plus varieties of Lycium berries on Earth.”
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