The main energetic quality or cha qi of green tea is cooling but not all green teas affect the body in the same way.
Here's a quick comparison of the cha qi of our three green teas - Jade Stream, Half-Moon Jasmine and Thousand Petal Rose.
Used for: Clearing of Heat from Middle and Lower Jiao. Unsuitable for patients with patterns of Cold, Yang Deficiency or Blood Stasis.
Used for: Half-Moon Jasmine is similar to Jade Stream in its cooling nature -but tends to affect the Upper Jiao and upper orifices. Jasmine flower tea (mo li hua cha) is used in China to soothe coughs, sore throats and bronchitis and this is reflected in the action of Half-Moon Jasmine on the Upper Jiao.
Useful for: Relieving Qi Stagnation in Chest. Calming the Shen. Rose is sweet, warm and relieves Qi stagnation by promoting circulation of Qi and Blood. Combining this with the cooling and descending nature of green tea gives the tangible effect of calming and settling the Shen.
This may be felt as a sensation of Qi gathering around and then dropping down from Bai Hui (Du 20). This unique characteristic gives rise to the name Thousand Petal Rose, as Bai Hui in sanskrit is sahasrara meaning ‘thousand petalled’.
Want to learn more?
If you are keen to learn more about using the energetics of tea to support your patients you can join our free practitioner scheme and order our Practitioner Education Pack. It includes:
- Samples of all 8 Elixir Living Teas
- Clinical Reference Guide
- Tea 'Prescription Pad'