A Simple Herbal Tea For Heatines, Sore Gums, Headaches


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 –

Applications: *
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! 😀


24 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Chris Moran said,

    Nice writing style. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Chris Moran


  2. 2

    I found this information helpful, you have a great blog, keep up the great writing.


  3. 3

    sweetrosie said,

    dear choesf – this is all very timely advice for me, on 2 levels:
    1) because of the incredible heat we have had recently
    2)my upcoming uni work on the principles of Chinese eating. I am learning lots of new words and concepts choesf – tu, pu, and I always learn so much from reading your posts.

    Cool barley drinks in one of my favourites although I haven’t made it with the water chestnut. Why do you use the rock sugar instead of regular sugar?

    Thank you again dear choesf xx *big hug*


  4. 4

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    You are very welcome, dear sweetrosie…{{{Hugs}}} 😀

    Wow, you are learning about Chinese principles of eating and Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts at uni? I would love to read and study more on those, too…as I can’t read Chinese and it is quite difficult to find such information written in English. My knowledge and experience are more from the practical aspect – from “word of mouth” and recommendations. 😆

    Usually when we make “therapeutic” drinks, we put in rock sugar instead of regular sugar because it is supposed to be “smoother” in taste, have some “balancing and soothing” properties to nourish our health and it is less sweet. I hope I am not confusing you with my own “terminology” here as I am trying to translate Cantonese terms into English ones (but it is hard to find the same meaning in English).

    I remember when I was a kid, it is very common to find fresh, peeled water chestnuts skewered on bamboo sticks and sold at fruit stalls and we eat this a lot, and my mom used to remind me to eat them to counter the heatiness in our body. They are really sweet, juicy and delicious.

    Barley is also cooling in nature and I like to add in a small lime into my glass of iced barley as a refreshing drink on a hot day. Here, we usually boil barley with candied wintermelon and regular sugar for about 1 1.2 hours. When it is ready, we would separate the liquid from the barley immediately or else the barley will expand and soak up more of the liquid. 😉

    With love and hugs,

    choesf 😀


  5. 5

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there and welcome, dear Chris and “mysterious symptom” 😀

    Thank you for your kind comments. Very interesting sites that you have there….I’m sure many people will find them useful. I have added them to my Blogroll here for easy reference. 😀

    Have a nice day!

    With peace and harmony,

    choesf 😀


  6. 6

    rozalia said,

    He,he…I know that tee, it’s so goood… 🙂

    As per dear choesf’s writing, dear Chris, she has that gift and I’ve envied her for it.

    Love always,rose


  7. 7

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Thank you so much for your kind comments, dearest Rose! 😀

    I have edited this post and added in some history and background to this Ho Yan Hor herbal teas. Later, when my online store is up, I will be selling this tea online to interested visitors. 😉

    Have a lovely weekend ahead!


    choesf 😀


  8. 8

    rozalia said,

    Good luck, my dear, on building up the store ! Looking forward to buy teas and spices.Make sure to have pandan essence , please 🙂

    Happy weekend ! Hugs, rose


  9. 9

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Thank you, dearest Rose! I sure will stock up on anything that you and others here would like to buy. 😉

    Good night from KL!

    With love and hugs,

    choesf 😀


  10. 10

    ah wong said,

    strange…when i was travelling in Asia I experience those ‘yeet hei’ symptoms you talk about…like the night coughing, dry throat, nose bleeds, but here in SF usa, i rarely get that. could be the combination of weather and food does that. here in SF the weather is mostly “leung”, so we eat a lot of ‘yeet hei’ stuff and doesn’t seem to affect me. But when I do…I swear by Ho Yan Hor. gives me memories of ipoh too.


  11. 11

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there and welcome, dear Ah Wong 😀

    Thank you for your comments. Yes, the weather also play a role in influencing the yin and yang in our body. Now that you mentioned it, yes, I also don’t remember experiencing “yeet hei” or body heatiness when I was living in Oregon for a few years. But here in the tropics, it is a common occurrence and we have to remember to balance things out with cooling drinks or foods.

    Have a great weekend!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf 😀


  12. 12

    Yuan said,

    Dear Happyhomemaker88,

    I love your article on “A simple Herbal Tea for heatiness, sore gums, headaches.”

    Can you please kindly contact me at cyng@hovid.com or (05) 506 0690?

    Look forward to hear from you soon.


  13. 13

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there and welcome, dear Yuan 😀

    Thank you for your lovely comments. I have replied you via email.

    Have a nice weekend ahead!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf 😀


  14. 14

    MamaFaMi said,

    Hello there. I stumbled upon your blog while google-ing about Ho Yan Hor Tea. I just got to know about this tea from the ‘abang nasi lemak’ near our place. We were talking about fever and he told me about this tea. When I went to the nearby shop to get this tea bags, it came in a few colored packets. Since I don’t know which one to choose, I bought the dark green packet and the blue packet. Is there any difference? All it says on the blue packet is, suitable for night time. Thanks!


    • 15

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear MamaFaMi 😀

      This tea is very good for flu and fever also. Whenever I have a scratchy throat or itchy nose starting, I would quickly drink a cup of this tea and the symptoms stop there.

      They are all effective – the “Gold” version is smoother in taste, the “Green” packaging is the normal herbal tea, while the “Blue” one can be taken at night. The Gold and Green versions can keep us awake at night. 😉

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf 😀


  15. 16

    hovidbhd said,

    a late reply from Hovid…Thumbs Up for your Blog…


  16. 18

    Jennifer said,

    I just discovered your blog looking for information about this tea. A Chinese friend had given it to my husband but I could not remember why. Since I wasn’t feeling well, and the package said it was ok for drinking at night, I had some.

    Your site is really fun and I look forward to reading more. I am a Japanophile, but learn more about all Asian culture every day. I am also in my 40s and recently went back to school. A big adjustment from software and the stress of the job.

    I love Maru the Cat too. He is a Scottish Fold and かわいい!

    Have a great weekend.


    • 19

      Hi there, dear Jennifer 😀

      Thank you for your comments and compliments for my blog. I’m glad you can go back to school and I can imagine the adjustment you had to go through from a career. But, it’s never too late to learn more stuff or pick up new skills. 😉

      Maru never ceases to make me laugh every time I look at his antics in the videos. I must dedicate a new page here to him. 😆

      Do have a wonderful weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀


  17. 20

    Melanie said,

    First time to your blog and this post 🙂 Very informative, but do you know where I can get this? I live in Canada… Toronto specifically.


    • 21

      Hi there, dear Melanie 😀

      Thank you for your kind remarks. I am not sure where you can get this herbal tea in Toronto, Canada…maybe it is available online. Another tea that is good for cooling body heatiness is Dried Chrysanthemum Tea – just steep 1 teaspoon of Dried Chrysanthemum in a cup of hot water, add sugar or honey and drink that daily. 💡

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀


  18. 23

    Priscilla said,

    My mother’s co-worker recommended this to her. Holy smokes, it works way better than western medicine! 🙂


  19. 24

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