Good afternoon, dear friends
After a couple of weeks of daily rain, the weather in KL is now back to its typical season of being very hot and dry. We call this the “durian season”, too, as it is marked by the mushrooming of many stalls and trucks selling durians all over the place…as durians would ripen whenever the weather is so hot like this.
During times like this, it is common to see many people down with sore throats and dry coughs, not to mention some headaches as well as sore gums or toothaches which are caused by the growing heatiness in our body. A combination of hot weather, durian consumption (durians are very, very heaty in nature), bingeing of leftover Chinese New Year cookies, and too much fried or roasted foodstuff will easily cause us to be heaty.
Whenever I experience symptoms of heatiness like this, I would always reach for a bag of herbal tea called Ho Yan Hor (picture above), a popular and effective tea that has been around for many decades. When I was a kid, there was this van that would come to our neighbourhood once a month at night to promote and sell Ho Yan Hor tea packets, and it would have its loudspeakers blaring blaring away right in front of my house until almost midnight!
My healer lady has taught me that for us who are in our 40′s (and older), our body cannot withstand the effects of herbal teas or remedies (“leong char” in Cantonese) that are too cooling, but we can take Ho Yan Ho as it is mild, safe and effective to bring down our body’s overly heatiness (often called “fire” or ‘for” in Cantonese). Please note that I am not being paid to talk about this wonderful herbal tea, but I am just sharing my experience with you here.
Yesterday, my husband and I were both having some mild tension headaches and throbbing gums and I brewed a pot of 3 Ho Yan Hor teabags. After an hour of drinking this tea, our headaches and sore gums were gone and there was much relief in our body. Usually, when we have symptoms like this, we would avoid fried, baked, barbequed or grilled foods, even cookies as they are considered to be heaty to our body….and we have food that are stewed, steamed, or boiled.
Hence, for tonight’s dinner, I am cooking a simple meal of Bak Kut Teh with Pork Belly (braised for half an hour in a delicious herbal soup), and a simple cabbage stirfry…both served with hot, steamed rice.
So, for those of you that are experiencing heatiness or the weather is too uncomfortably hot for you, do try a cup of Ho Yan Hor tea and see for yourself its effectiveness in soothing you. Even coughs arising from heatiness can be relieved with this tea. I always have a box of Ho Yan Hor at home and my healer lady says it is okay for us ladies to drink this on a weekly basis to balance the heatiness in our body.
Here is some history and product information obtained from its company -
Helps to relieve heat, nausea, indigestion, and waning appetite. Use for the Common Cold, fever and flu. Also known to relieve headaches, hangovers, stomach flus and overall stress and burnout.
Trusted Tea for Generations…
The streets were no longer deserted when evenings came. People no longer had to be terrified of men in army suits. World War II had come to an end.
In the midst of the unsettled post-war period, while people were busy restoring buildings and businesses, houses and homes, this man in his 30`s, preferred to enjoy the tranquility which was taken away from his homeland when he came back to Malaya in 1941.
Having graduated from China`s Canton Wah Lam National Physicians School in 1941, he was then once of the very few young chaps who received tertiary education. Still young and not having the faintest idea about his next step in life after the war, he obliged to the request of a friend to bring into creation a blend of herbal tea for folks in town who were deprived of the wonders of Western medicines as a remedy for common ailments.
With his passion for herbs and the knowledge acquired, he embarked on a journey of discovery leading to a concoction of 24 kinds of herbs. Till today, Ho Yan Hor Herbal Tea has remained a masterpiece of extraction. The meticulous extraction process of the 24 selected kinds of herbs bares every leaf of its nutritional and therapeutic assets! A class of its own, this novel process is repeated several times to ensure thorough extraction. The extract is then absorbed onto tea leaves, dried and packed into sachet tea bags for consumers` convenience. When taken, this all-natural extract enables immediate absorption of its goodness into the body. Today, the 60-year-old Ho Yan Hor Herbal Tea remains a favourite among many and it is much sought after to relieve body heatiness, nausea, indigestion, and waning appetite.
Over a lapse of more than half a century, Dr. Ho Kai-Cheong`s humble herbal tea stall has grown to a modern manufacturing plant with WHO GMP status. Modernization has not deterred the house of Ho Yan Hor from bringing its ancient goodness to consumers of the 21st century. From formulation to processing, these have been carefully preserved over the decades. The modern manufacturing plant has not short-changed consumers of its invaluable goodness, but only adding to it hygiene and health.
More than a health heritage, Ho Yan Hor Herbal Tea is truly an illustration of `when east meets west`. This aged-old concoction has managed to strike equilibrium between alternative medicines and mainstream medical approaches. With every cup of tea, come not only nutritional and therapeutic values, but heritage and history!