According to Chinese medicine, blood is formed through proper digestion and absorption of food, which is mainly helped by the Spleen and Stomach. If the Spleen and Stomach Qi are weak, it will affect the blood supply and its function, which can lead to an iron deficiency.
Chinese dates can strengthen the Spleen and Stomach Qi (energy) which helps to digest food, tonify blood, boost circulation and prevent anaemia.
Having red date tea after your period helps replenish the blood you have lost, which will improve energy and give post-period pale skin a natural flush. The tea is especially beneficial after your period but can also be had during winter to keep the body warm or as a general tonic to improve complexion and immunity. The only time I would suggest not to drink it is during your period as it might increase the flow.
Nourishing Red DateTea Recipe
- 2 cups of water
- 2- 3 slices of ginger (thinly sliced)
- 3 Chinese red dates (remove the seeds and halved)
- Chinese brown sugar (optional)
- Add the water to a small pot along with the ginger and dates. Cover and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the Chinese brown sugar to taste. Cover and simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Strain the tea into a mug. Let the tea cool to a drinkable temperature, but the goal is to drink it while it’s still hot.
I had this infusion before and after my last period and my energy levels were much higher than usual and my otherwise post-period dull skin looked radiant. Try this infusion after your next period and keep me posted!