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Eight treasures tea is very popular in northern China and in Sichuan Province.
Eight Treasures is believed to have been invented in Beijing during the late the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) for the empress Ci Xi. By the feudal custom of the old days, women of wealthy families were not allowed to leave the house once they were married. With little opportunity for exercise and fresh air, the women of the court commonly felt drained and sluggish during the long northern winters. The empress asked an herbalist to find a remedy comprised of high quality herbs that would be safe to consume every day and support her vitality. A famous doctor chose a small amount of eight different herbals as to create a balanced tea that would, by his assessment, neither create too much inner heat nor cool the body too much. The idea was to find a blend that would help maintain health, but would be safe for everyone to drink everyday.
The practice of mixing herbs for a tea, of course, started much earlier than the Qing Dynasty and has long been custom in different parts of China. The recipe for Eight Treasures tea now varies quite a bit from region to region, and often may not even contain eight different herbs, although the same name is used. For instance, the Uygurh people in northwest China commonly consume what is called an “Eight Treasures” tea, but the local version is only comprised of three or four herbs. This Uygurh version of Eight Teasures likely has its roots in custom beginning more than 1,000 years ago when traders brought flowers and herbs through their region on the silk road. In Sichuan tea houses, you can find a very different version of eight treasures, comprised of numerous herbs and served in gaiwan that are refilled over and over again from kettles with meter-long spouts
Our Seven Cups Eight Treasures was formulated by a highly-regarded herbalist local to Sichuan province. The recipe was written to yield a rich herbal brew, balanced in its components to be both nutritious and gentle enough to drink every day. The herbs in our Eight Treasures herbal tea are sourced individually and fresh each season.
The herbs include: Organic Green Tea, Chinese wolfberry (Goji), Rock sugar, Red dates, walnuts, sesame, Longan (Gui Yuan), Raisins.
make the perfect cup of
- 16 OZ. Glass Pot or Porcelain Pot
- 1 Packet
- Filtered (Spring) Water
- 100°C | 212°F
- 2-3 Min for 1st Infusion
- 3-5 infusions
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