Lotus plumule tea (莲子心茶, Lián Zǐ Xīn Chá) is made from the plumule of the Nelumbo nucifera. Lotus plumule is called Lian Zi Xin in Chinese and is traditional Chinese medicine.
Table of Contents
- What Is Lotus Plumule
- How to Make Lotus Plumule Tea
- Benefits of Lotus Plumule Tea
- Side Effects of Lotus Plumule Tea
What Is Lotus Plumule
The Lotus plumule we usually use is the dried plumule of Nelumbo nucifera. 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 commonly used is Nelumbo nucifera.
Nelumbo nucifera is widely distributed in Asia and Oceania. It can be found in China, Japan, Korea, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Australia. 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.
How to Make Lotus Plumule Tea
Making lotus plumule tea is very simple. Put some lotus plumule 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.
Lotus plumule can also be brewed with green tea, licorice, Ju Hua, Jin Yin Hua, etc., which have more medicinal effects. Lotus plumule and licorice are very matched. Lotus plumule licorice tea is a very famous tea in southern China.
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 effective components of them are alkaloids, mainly liensinine.
One of the main reasons for the aging of the human body is the peroxidation of unsaturated fatty acids caused by the free radicals. The liensinine contained in the lotus plumule has the effect of scavenging free radicals.
Calm the Nerves
With the accelerated pace of modern life, people often have nervousness, neurasthenia, anxiety, and insomnia. Lotus plumule tea has a good effect of calming the nerves and is very suitable for modern people to drink.
The alkaloids of lotus plumule have significant cardiotonic, antiarrhythmic, and anti-myocardial ischemic effects.
Clear Heat and Detox
It has the effect of clearing away internal heat and eliminate heat toxins, which can treat heat dysentery, carbuncle, and sore of mouth and tongue.
Lower Blood Pressure
After the alkaloids of lotus plumule enter the human body, they can expand blood vessels and play a role in lowering blood pressure.
Besides, lotus plumule tea also has the effects of treating constipation and spermatorrhea.
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 people with a cold constitution and gastrointestinal diseases should not drink it.