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Eight Treasures Tea (Ba Bao Cha)

ba bao cha

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Eight Treasures Tea or Ba Bao Cha (八宝茶) is a famous Chinese herbal tea originating from Yunnan China. The royal and auspicious sounding “8 treasures” refer to the 8 ingredients used, and the tea is said to be Empress Dowager Cixi’s secret recipe for beauty, longevity and youthfulness. In my home blend, the special eight consists of: jasmine tea leaves, chrysanthemum, red dates, ginseng, wolfberries, longan, rose buds and rock sugar (check out the ingredients photo on page two).

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This light-tasting and soothing tea, like its lux name, is also aesthetically beautiful to look at, making me feel pampered drinking it.

eight treasure tea

Said properties of the tea include: thirst-quenching, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and “qi” balancing properties; improves appetite & digestion; reduces fatigue (depending on the ingredients you use).

15 comments on “Eight Treasures Tea (Ba Bao Cha)”

  1. This is such a n interesting and I bet delicious tea. I must go to y Asian market and see if I can find the ingredients. Also, your pctures are so perfect.

  2. A refreshing and healthy drink. The wolfberries and longans are still tasty after the brew.

  3. Sounds healthy! Wondering how it tastes like.

  4. I love 八宝茶, so good for the body. Your pics are awesome, so pretty :)

  5. I have never tried brew by buying separate ingredients as there are always those ready ones those medical halls packed for you. However, I would like to try this recipe one day as I love jasmine tea leaves and even have those premium ones. I’m also quite aware of sweetness, hence by making it on my own, I can reduce more sugar.

  6. I love this tea too. I bought those pre-packages from Guangzhou but I could remove the rock sugar.

  7. This is good! To admit, however I had made it with 5 or 6 treasures as some are run out of stock.

  8. What a pretty cup of tea! The name suits it perfectly.

  9. My family in Indonesia always prepare this for weddings and is always served during the (Chinese) wedding tea ceremony. But I think we use candied winter melon instead of the rose buds, not sure where I can find rose buds here, would love to give your version a try. ♥

  10. Hi, do you know where can I get rose bud and jasmine green tea leaves in sg? Tks =)

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