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Sophorae Flos/Flower May 5, 2010

Filed under: Food and drink — cnesgreen @ 4:23 pm

 

 

Names for Sophorae Flos

 

Pharmaceutical:

Flos Sophorae Japonicae Immaturus

Botanical:

Sophora japonica L. (Leguminosae)

Chinese names:

Sheng Huai Hua, Huai Hua, Huai Mi

 

Origin of the flower:

South and North China.

 

Preparation

The flowers is collected in summer at flowering or when flower buds are forming, dried in time and removed from branch, pedicel and foreign matter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The herb is bitter in flavour, slightly cold in nature, and acts on the liver, stomach and large intestine channels. Being bitter and cold for clearing heat, sinking and moving downward, the herb is good at clearing heat from the liver and large intestine, and from blood to stop bleeding, and cooling the liver to improve eyesight. It is indicated for bleeding due to blood-heat, conjunctival congestion due to liver-heat, hemafecia due to excessive heat in the large intestine, and particularly for hemorrhoidal bleeding.

 

Effects: Clearing heat from blood to stop bleeding, and from the liver to improve eyesight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add 1-2 tsp dry Sophorae flowers into the glass (or teapot)

 

Wash them with hot water.

 

Pour hot water into the glass again and wait for about 3 minutes.

 

Enjoy!

 

Tips:

The tea soup is too bitter for you, you could choose to add some honey, rock sugar or brew it with Glycyrrhiza.

 

 

 

 

The herb is bitter in flavor and has very refreshing tangy fragrance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.

 

An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.

 

 

Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.

 

 

 

The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.

 

In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.

 

 

That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bags instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many alternative medicine health care providers feel that using certain herbal teas during pregnancy is a great way to support optimal pregnancy health. Herbal teas can often provide an additional source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.

 

However, due to the lack of studies on most herbs, the FDA encourages caution when consuming herbal teas during pregnancy.

 

It is always best to talk with a qualified medical professional about any herbal teas that you are interested in drinking.

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