Jin Yin Hua Tea

Jin Yin Hua tea (金银花茶, Jīn Yín Huā Chá) is made from the flowers and buds of honeysuckle. Jin Yin Hua is a kind of traditional Chinese medicine, with good effects of clearing heat and detoxifying.

The Chinese name of Honeysuckle is called Jin Yin Hua (literally called Golden Silver Flower) which comes from the medicinal book <Compendium of Materia Medica>, because Jin Yin Hua is white at the beginning, and then turns yellow. Jin Yin Hua is a plant for both medicine and food.

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History of Jin Yin Hua

In different historical periods of China, the medicinal parts of Jin Yin Hua are different.

Before the Song Dynasty (960-1279), people used stems and leaves of Jin Yin Hua as medicine and started to use flowers as medicine until the Song Dynasty.

In the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912), people found that the flowers of Jin Yin Hua are more effective than the stems and leaves, so they used flowers as medicine more frequently than using other parts of it.

During that time, Jin Yin Hua tea began to appear. According to a medicinal book <Ben Cao Qiu Zhen>, in the south of the Yangtze River in China, people began to make and drink Jin Yin Hua tea.

Because Jin Yin Hua has a high medicinal value, in 1984, the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine selected Jin Yin Hua as one of the precious Chinese herbal medicines.

Processing of Jin Yin Hua Tea

  • Picking: from May to July is the harvest time of Jin Yin Hua. High-quality Jin Yin Hua should be picked in the morning when the dew is not dried and the flowers have the strongest fragrance.
  • Washing and filtering: wash Jin Yin Hua in clean water and remove old or bad flowers and buds that will affect the quality of Jin Yin Hua tea.
  • Drying: place the cleaned Jin Yin Hua under the sun to dry them for about 2 days. If there is a rainy day, use low heat to dry them for 2-3 hours to prevent Jin Yin Hua from decaying.

Benefits of Jin Yin Hua Tea

Clear Heat and Detox

Clearing heat and detoxifying are the most common effects of Jin Yin Hua tea. Some people have febrile diseases such as furuncle, erysipelas, and sore throat due to the accumulation of internal heat, which is called “heat toxin” in traditional Chinese medicine. Diarrhea and hematochezia are caused by the accumulation of heat toxins in the intestine.

Jin Yin Hua can eliminate the heat toxins. Therefore, Jin Yin Hua can be used as a heat-clearing and detoxifying medicine in the clinic.

Reduce Inflammation

Jin Yin Hua contains substances that can promote the release of the adrenocortical hormone, which can inhibit various kinds of inflammation and swelling. If your body has inflammation, swelling, and pain symptoms, you can drink Jin Yin Hua tea to relieve it. Even if there is no inflammation, drinking Jin Yin Hua tea can also prevent these diseases.

Antibacterial and Antiviral

Jin Yin Hua can inhibit the growth and reproduction of many human pathogens, such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, dysentery bacteria, Vibrio cholerae, typhoid bacillus, pneumococcus, meningococci, tuberculosis, etc.

For example, Jin Yin Hua is used to assist in the treatment of viral myocarditis. Besides, if the face is allergic to bacterial infection, wipe the face with Jin Yin Hua tea to kill the bacteria on the surface of the face, and there is no side effect.


The aqueous extract of Jin Yin Hua has a strong scavenging effect on hydrogen peroxide in vitro. Jin Yin Hua has the effect of the antioxidant. It can also protect and repair the skin by improving microcirculation, eliminating fat deposits, and promoting metabolism.

Lower Cholesterol

Jin Yin Hua can help the body reduce the absorption of cholesterol. In vitro experiments found that Jin Yin Hua can also combine with cholesterol. Studies have shown that patients with high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, and hyperglycemia can reduce these symptoms if they drink Jin Yin Hua tea for a long time.

Recipes of Jin Yin Hua Tea

Jin Yin Hua tea with honey: Jin Yin Hua can be matched with honey. It is the best herbal tea for these people who have internal heat and constipation.

Jin Yin Hua tea with wolfberry: wolfberry has the function of moistening the lung, nourishing the kidney and liver, and improving eyesight.

Jin Yin Hua tea with Ju Hua: both of them have the effect of clearing internal heat.

Jin Yin Hua tea with astragalus: astragalus has the effect of nourishing the blood.

Side Effects of Jin Yin Hua Tea

Jin Yin Hua tea has a high medicinal value, but not everyone is suitable for drinking it. We should judge whether we can drink based on our situation and the doctor’s advice, otherwise, it will be counterproductive.

The medicinal property of Jin Yin Hua is cold, so we should pay attention to the following conditions:

  • Do not drink too much in the cold season.
  • Do not drink the overnight Jin Yin Hua tea. Overnight Jin Yin Hua tea has a lot of bacteria, which will affect your health.
  • People with cold hands, feet, and stomach should drink less.
  • Patients with weak spleen and stomach should not drink Jin Yin Hua tea.
  • Women should not drink Jin Yin Hua tea during menstruation. It may lead to irregular menstruation and dysmenorrhea.
  • Pregnant women should not drink Jin Yin Hua tea.