Try “Ng Far Cha” or “5-Flower Tea” To Boost Your Immunity, Dispel Damp-Heatiness, Clear Heatiness

Ng Far Cha or 5 Flower Tea 001 (Small)Ng Far Cha or 5-Flower Tea


Ng Far Cha or 5 Flower Tea 002 (Small)A A glass of cold “5 Flower Tea”

(Read HERE for a ChineseΒ  Prescription Formula to get the herbs to brew a tea specifically to boost body immunity against the A H1N1 Flu pandemic)


Hi there, dear friends πŸ˜€

I am always on the lookout on natural home remedies for good healh and last week, I overheard a few ladies talking about the Influenza A Type H1N1 and what they are doing from the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective to boost body immunity. Β I joined in their conversation and learned that they are brewing a type of tea using dried flowers, known as “Gold and Silver Flowers” (translated literally from Cantonese as “Kum Ngan Far.”)

So, I quickly went to my regular Chinese medical hall and told the boss there what I had learned from those ladies. He said according to Β TCM, it is very easy to catch a flu, sore throat and fever when our body is experiencing heatiness (especially “fire” in Chinese terms). As long as we can balance our body’s yin (cold) and yang (hot) carefully at all times, we can lessen the chances of catching any flu because our body immunity is stronger.

Instead of using just the “Gold & Silver Flowers”, he recommended instead the “5-Flower Tea” or “Ng Far Cha” in Cantonese. In his prescription of this tea, it has Dried Chrysanthemum Flowers and 2 other types of Flowers (I forgot the names 😳 ) Β in addition to the Gold & Silver Flowers. This tea will work even better in dispelling body heatiness and dampness, and especially heatiness in the colon (which is caused by irregular bowel movements and toxins are absorbed into the body).

To brew this tea – I bought 2 packets (RM5 each) Ng Far Cha and boiled the herbs in large pot of water (about 6 to 7 litres) for 2 hours. Remove the flowers and add “red sugar” (Hoong Tong or Gula Merah) or brown sugar to taste. The red sugar has anti-inflammatory properties.

Store the tea in bottles and drink some everyday. They can be kept refrigerated up to 1 week.

Do get some Ng Far Cha and make this for your family to drink, especially now that we are experiencing the hot weather and with the H1N1 and Dengue Fever going around, it is best to keep our body “cool” internally. Β This cooling tea are sold at “leong char” or “cooling herbal tea” stalls and shops in town and you can buy from there if you don’t have the time to brew it. Β  πŸ˜‰

With best wishes for good health,

choesf πŸ˜€





25 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    taney said,

    I’m sorry to hear about your store! Tea looks really nutritious, how’s the taste?


  2. 2

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Well, the tea is not bitter at all and as it is sweetened, it has a nice “herbal” flavour to it. My children don’t mind taking this at all. For some of the other “nasty brews”, they will scrunch up their faces when they drink them. πŸ˜†


  3. 3

    taney said,

    I got a random question! Are you Chinese (Cantonese) by any chance? It seems as though you are since most your posts are translated to Cantonese pronunciation.


    • 4

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Good morning, dear Taney πŸ˜€

      I am a Chinese Malaysian actually of Hakka descent, but I was brought up speaking Cantonese. Hence, the Cantonese translations of some Chinese terms. My husband is a Hokkien but we speak English at home. πŸ˜†

      Do have a lovely weekend ahead!


  4. 5

    louise said,

    Another informative post choesf, thank you for that:) “Scrunching faces” too cute:)


  5. 7

    taney said,

    Haha, that’s awesome! I figured! I’m Chinese and I speak Cantonese myself. Every time that I wasn’t familiar with an herb you used, I’d go ahead and ask my mom. She would tell me the name in Cantonese and it would be the same pronunciation that you stated. πŸ˜€


    • 8

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Ah, I see. πŸ˜‰ In this part of the city, most people converse in Cantonese and so, my Chinese terms for herbs are in the Cantonese dialect. My healer friend and the Chinese Medical Hall owners don’t know English and I can read Chinese. πŸ˜†

      Do have a restful weekend, dear Taney! πŸ˜€


  6. 9

    manila said,

    Hi Choesf,
    How is everything and how is your family doing?

    This looks like a wonder tea. It’s a shame that we cannot make it due to the lack of ingredients. Many countries do not allow medicines (even if herbal) to be imported by parcel or courier. Therefore when I come to Malaysia (whenever that will be), I am going to list down all the things from your blog and buy them there. Lol!! Howzatt??

    You take care.


    • 10

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear manila! πŸ˜€

      My family is fine, thank you. How are yours?

      I was busy yesterday making enzymes for drinking (my first time trying it out) and cleaning. I will write shortly about the drinking enzymes. πŸ˜‰

      Yes, do let me know when you are coming to Malaysia – I can let you know what to get from the Chinese Medical Halls/Shops (these shops sell Chinese medicines and herbs and can be found all over the places)….it will be a long list. But it is a good idea from you indeed! πŸ˜†

      Do have a wonderful weekend!

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  7. 11

    13thpanda said,

    your blog is very informative. My body is heaty now and I shall try your “wu hua char”.. hehe.


    • 12

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear 13thpanda πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your kind comments. Yes, this tea is very good for dispelling heatiness. πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  8. 13

    Lim said,

    Where did you buy the “Ng Far Cha”. I bought it at the big herbal shop in 1 Utama shopping mall, KL which cost only RM2 per pack. Wonder if the contents are the same as yours.


    • 14

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Lim πŸ˜€

      Yes, I know which shop in 1 Utama that you mentioned. I bought mine from a Chinese Medical Hall (shop) in PJ Old Town. The contents should be the same as the types of flowers used are standard for this type of herbal tea. You got yours cheap at RM2. πŸ˜‰

      Last week, I bought another type of herbs to boil for the A H1N1 Flu prevention – the boss of the Chinese Medical Hall said as long as we keep ourselves cool, especially if we eliminate the heatiness from our lungs, our body resistance is stronger. It is lung heatiness that causes cough, flu and sore throat, he said.

      Enjoy your Ng Far Cha πŸ˜€

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf πŸ˜€


      • 15

        Lim said,


        Can you advise which is the other type of herbs to boil to prevent the H1N1 flu.

        I just boiled the “Ng Far Cha”. Not very nice to drink. Would like to try the other type.

        Thanks for your quick reply.

        I also like your crispy roast pork recipe. Will try it tomorrow. Tonight I will be doing the dragon fruit enzyme drink. I was given a taste of it in Gotong Jaya last weekend. The nicely bottled ones which is being sold at RM68 per bottle. They add a bit of ice & it taste very nice.


  9. 16

    Lim said,

    Hi again,

    I intend to try out the citrus fruit enzyme as detergent. Can I use the whole orange instead of just the skin as it will take a while to accumulate enough skins.



    • 17

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi again, dear Lim πŸ˜€

      You are most welcome. It so happened I was here when I saw your comment coming in. πŸ˜‰

      Actually, I received an email showing a Chinese herbal prescription for A H1N1 Flu and I quickly showed it to my regular Chinese Medical Hall boss – he said many people came to see him with that formula and he said it is not necessary to follow that prescription. So long as we take cooling herbs regularly to balance our heatiness, then our body would not be so susceptible to any flu virus.

      Unfortunately, I can’t read Chinese and so, I forgot what the names of those herbs were. 😳 But if you ask anyone at those Chinese Medical Halls or Shops for some herbs for prevention of flu and countering heatiness, they would recommend the right type of herbs to you.

      Heheh, if you didn’t quite like the taste of Ng Far Cha – the one that I boiled last week for my family is slightly bitter.

      Wow, a bottle of dragon fruit enzyme in Gotong Raya costs RM68? Better to make some yourself. I had a taste of my dragon fruit enzyme yesterday when it is 1 month old – I have to say that it tasted better at 2 weeks’ old than now. πŸ™„ πŸ˜† But I still like the fruity taste – like Ribena with a taste of wine.

      Regarding the citrus fruit enzyme – you can use whole fruits…especially if you have some fruits that are not so fresh for consumption already. My friend just bought 1 whole pineapple at RM1-50 and she used the whole fruit, skin and all, to make a large bucket of cleaning enzyme. She said it smelled so good! πŸ˜€

      Oh, a tip for making the cleaning enzyme – if you can, blend the fruit, skin and flesh because it is easier to ferment and easier to pour out of the plastic bottle (if the mouth of the bottle is small like mine). Also, the leftover pulp upon harvesting time – you can just mix with some water and use as fertiliser for your plants. πŸ’‘

      Do have a lovely day!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

      P.S. And Happy Cooking for your Siew Yoke/Crispy Roast Pork! πŸ˜€


  10. 18

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  11. 19

    kellie said,

    Hi! I just visited ur site for somer recipes on nutritious cantonese soups! Was wondering how come u stopped updating? U were doing a real good job! Would really love to see more new updates!


    • 20

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear kellie πŸ˜€

      Thank you for following my blog and compliments. πŸ˜€

      Heheh, I have not stopped blogging, just lesser posts are being updated. 😳 The main articles have been posted in the last 2 years.

      Do have a lovely weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  12. 21

    Jay said,

    Looks like I’m on your site again! Brewing Ng Fa Cha today! Here in HK we can get it at the supermarket for RM 2-3!


    • 22

      Hi there, dear Jay πŸ˜€

      Wow, Ng Fa Cha in Hong Kong is quite cheap. Here, a packet of the flowers can cost between RM8 to RM11 depending on where we buy them. It is a good detoxifying drink in our hot Malaysian weather now. πŸ˜‰

      Do have a lovely day!

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  13. 23

    Cody said,

    Thanks on your marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading it,
    you can be a great author. I will make sure to bookmark your blog and may come back sometime soon.
    I want to encourage you to continue your great job, have a nice


  14. 24

    Rhea Casimiro said,

    You also can buy from our signature shops all over KL ang Penang… The name of the shops is TAN NGAN LO HERBAL TEA… The famous ever herbal tea shops in town… We also have the Herbal Jelly helps to improves the blood circulations and metabolism..


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