Chinese Name: San qi, Sanqihua
Medical Name: Radix Notoginseng
Latin Name: Panax pseudo-ginseng notoginseng (Burkill.) G.Hoo. & C.J.Tseng., of the family Araliaceae
Notoginseng grows in Yunnan province of China and is also called Sanqi. It belongs to the same scientific genus, Panax, as Asian ginseng.
This Panax Notoginseng Flower Tea is selected from flower buds which have not opened and are still in green.
Notoginseng is a fairly recent newcomer to Chinese herbalism, the first recorded usage dating from the sixteenth century. Nevertheless, it has attained an importance as a tonic medicine that supports the function of the adrenal glands, in particular the production of corticosteroids and male sex hormones. It also helps to improve blood flow through the coronary arteries, thus finding use as a treatment for arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure and angina.
Notoginseng (San Qi Hua) is the flower of the plant. Sweet and cool in nature, pacifies liver, lower BP, used for dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus due to hypertension and for acute sore throat.
THE COMPENDIUM OF MATERIAL MEDICAL: "Arrests bleeding, dissipates blood stasis and kills pain."
"Treats wounds inflicted by knife and arrow, traumatic bleeding, hematemesis (vomiting blood), epistaxis (nosebleed), hematochezia (anal bleeding), dysentery with blood in stool, metrorrhagia (profuse uterine bleeding especially between menstrual periods), chronic menstrual bleeding, postpartum lochiostasis, swooning due to excessive loss of blood while giving birth, pain due to blood stasis, conjunctivitis, and the bites of tigers, snakes and other animals."
To make San Qi Hua tea:
Step 1: Prepare 2tsp (about 5pcs) dry San Qi Hua (the flower).
Step 2: Pour boiling hot water over the herb and wash it for about 10 seconds.
Step 3: Strain and pour hot water over the herb again.
Step 4: Steep for 5-10 minutes.
Step 5: Strain and it is ready to drink.
You add some honey if you don’t like the bitter taste.
Slightly bitter and sweet after taste.
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.