Here's a super simple recipe to reduce heatiness and prevent colds. I got this recipe from a Taiwanese TV programme today - yes, so it's fresh!
This dessert soup is not suitable for people with gastric ulcers or weak stomachs as it contains hawthorn, which can be too acidic. If you are serving this to the elderly folk, you can reduce the amount of hawthorn too.
Chrysanthemum Dessert Soup
25 gm honeysuckle or jin yin hua
5 gm licorice
25 gm dried chrysanthemum flowers
15 gm hawthorn
6 bowls of water
Place water and all ingredients into pot of water. Simmer closed for 15 minutes on low heat. Serve warm, sweetened with honey.
* Honey is also a good remedy for constipation. Drink honey if you are constipated.