Seasonal Almanac

Major heat: great rains sweep through (4 of 5)

February 3rd, 2009

For a number of years in a row I got sick on the last couple days during my 2 weeks’ annual visit to Hong Kong. My dad said to me, “When you come next time, don’t stay more than 10 days. You are always getting sick at the end of the trip.” So I followed his advice and hadn’t been sick there since. Unfortuantely though this year I seemed to have caught something on the Sydney-bound plane.

Whenever I am coming down with something, I always make myself chrysanthemum tea. When I was growing up different herbal and medicinal teas were brewed and drunk according to the seasons, some were sweet, some were bitter, some were sour, some were truely undrinkable. Somehow this tea calendar was never passed onto me, I only seem to know one and have been applying it to all occasions.

2 Responses to “Major heat: great rains sweep through (4 of 5)”

  1. 1 lizzie
    February 11th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    sorry to hear you are sick! it would be good to have a full repetoire of tea cures. maybe you can ask the older members of your family to make you a guide?

  2. 2 jolaw
    February 11th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I never thought about this tea calendar until I wrote the entry. What’s quite interesting about this calendar too is that it is pre-emptive or preventative. When the weather is hot, grandma would say something like, ‘It’s mid-summer, we should make ?? tea, so we don’t ‘overheat’.’ In fact, mum made me tea with some red berries to compensate for not eating red meat and ginseng for eating too much fried food over the festive period. Some chinese soups have similar principles.

    My granddad is a health fanatic. He has long-term interests in herbal medicine and has a written scroll of medicinal formulae. He occassionally prescribes for people who have presistent illnesses.

    What are your tea/ herbal remedies?