Perilla tea is made from the dried leaves of Perilla frutescens, which is called Zi Su in China and Shiso in Japan.
Perilla leaf is traditional Chinese medicine and it is called Zi Su Ye in China. Zi means “purple” and Ye means “leaf”.
Perilla has been cultivated in China for more than 2,000 years, and it was called Ren in ancient China. As early as the Western Han Dynasty (202 BC-8 AD) in China, there was an ancient book called <Qi Fa>, which recorded the eating method of fish fillets with perilla leaf. This method was later spread to Japan and perilla leaf also became a common spice in Japan.
After TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) discovered the medicinal effect of perilla leaf, perilla gradually became a medicinal and food material, and it was recorded in many TCM books.
In modern times, people began to study some of the bioactive properties of Perilla and developed diversified products in the fields of skincare, medical treatment, and non-staple food. The research content has also expanded from perilla leaf to perilla stem, perilla seed, and other related parts.
Perilla tea is a kind of tea with medicinal value. There are also records of perilla tea in ancient Chinese medical books. At that time, it was mainly used to treat wind-cold influenza, stuffy nose, runny rose, and chills.
Nowadays, people regard perilla tea as a kind of health tea. It is very popular in Japan and is called shiso tea.
1. How to make perilla tea
Rinse the dried perilla leaves, tear them into small pieces, and put them into a cup. Add boiling water and steep them for 5 minutes. According to your taste, you can add sugar.
If in winter, you can cut ginger into shreds, and then add perilla leaves together to brew. It can expel cold, warm the body, and prevent cold.
In addition, perilla leaf can be brewed with mint, licorice, green tea, etc. They will have different medicinal effects.
2. Health benefits of perilla tea
Perilla tea has many medicinal effects. It can be used to treat disease or keep healthy.
Preventing and treating cold
This is a relatively common effect of perilla tea. It is used to treat and prevent cold, especially for wind-cold. Perilla leaf is warm medicinal material, which can expel the cold in the body, so as to relieve the cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, runny rose, etc.
Preventing and treating chronic tracheitis
In traditional Chinese medicine, perilla leaf belongs to the two meridians of the lungs and spleen. It has a good therapeutic effect on respiratory diseases such as bronchitis.
If you have a cough, phlegm in the throat, and other respiratory symptoms, you can drink some perilla tea for treatment.
Anti-aging and enhancing immunity
Perilla leaf is rich in a high fiber, carotene, mineral elements, etc., which can inhibit active oxygen and have the effect of delaying aging. In addition, perilla leaf contains a variety of nutrients, which can enhance immunity.
Disinfection and sterilization
Perilla leaf can inhibit Staphylococcus and Escherichia coli.
In addition to the above effects, perilla tea also has the effects of tranquilizing and promoting intestinal peristalsis.
3. Side effects of perilla tea
Perilla tea has almost no side effects. Due to personal physique, some people may have some uncomfortable symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and so on. If you experience these symptoms when drinking perilla tea, just stop drinking it in time to eliminate these symptoms.
Perilla leaf contains perillaldehyde, which has the effect of raising blood sugar, so patients with high blood sugar should not drink it. But it can be clinically used for people with low blood sugar.
Pregnant women can drink an appropriate amount of perilla tea for disease treatment under the guidance of a doctor.
Babies with underdeveloped bones should not drink perilla tea.