Lotus plumule tea is made from the plumule of the Nelumbo nucifera. Lotus plumule is called Lian Zi Xin in Chinese and is a traditional Chinese medicine. As early as the Tang Dynasty, there were medical records about lotus plumule in medical books.
There are only two species of Nelumbo found so far. One is Nelumbo nucifera (Asian lotus) and the other is Nelumbo lutea (American lotus or yellow lotus). The most common and most commonly used is Nelumbo nucifera.
Nelumbo nucifera is widely distributed in Asia and Oceania. It can be found in Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, China, Japan, Korean, and Russia. Among them, China is the distribution center of Nelumbo nucifera, which can be found all over the country.
Lotus has ornamental value, edible value, and medicinal value. The lotus landscape is widely used in Chinese garden landscaping. Lotus seeds and lotus roots are edible. Lotus leaf, lotus seed, and lotus plumule are all traditional Chinese medicine.
Lotus plumule has many medicinal effects and is often used to make tea. When harvesting lotus seeds in autumn, peel the lotus seeds, take out the green plumule, and dry it before use.
1. How to make lotus plumule tea
Making lotus plumule tea is very simple. There are many lotus plumule products on the market. After buying back, take some into the cup, add boiling water and steep it for 5 minutes to drink.
Lotus plumule tea tastes a little bitter. According to personal taste, you can add some sugar and honey.
In addition, lotus plumule can also be brewed with green tea, licorice, chrysanthemum, honeysuckle, etc., which have more medicinal effects. Lotus plumule and licorice are very matched. Lotus plumule licorice tea is a very famous tea in some areas of southern China.
2. Health benefits of lotus plumule tea
The main chemical components of lotus plumule are alkaloids, flavonoids, water-soluble polysaccharides, volatile oils, sterols, and a variety of trace elements. The main active components of them are alkaloids, mainly liensinine.
It has the effect of clearing away internal heat and eliminate heat toxin, which can treat heat dysentery, carbuncle, sore of mouth and tongue, and is helpful to sleep.
Calming the nerves
With the accelerated pace of modern life, people often have nervousness, neurasthenia, anxiety, and insomnia. Lotus plumule tea has a good calming effect and is very suitable for modern people to drink.
Lowering blood pressure
After the alkaloids of lotus plumule enter the human body, it can expand blood vessels and play a role in lowering blood pressure.
The alkaloids of lotus plumule also have significant cardiotonic, antiarrhythmic, anti-myocardial ischemic effects.
One of the main reasons for the aging of the human body is the peroxidation of unsaturated fatty acids caused by the active free radicals of the human body. The liensinine contained in the lotus plumule has the effect of scavenging free radicals.
Besides, lotus plumule tea also has the effects of blood coagulation and treating constipation, spermatorrhea, etc.
3. Side effects of lotus plumule tea
Most people can drink lotus plumule tea with almost no side effects.
The medicinal property of lotus plumule is cold, so some special people need to pay attention to it. People with a cold constitution should drink less, and people with gastrointestinal diseases should not drink it.