As the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, marking the arrival of the summer solstice, we embrace the warmth and energy that fills the air. It's a time when nature is in full bloom, and the world seems to come alive with vibrant colors and fragrant aromas. And what better way to savor the essence of this season than with a cup of tea?
夏至 (21.6-7.7, Xià Zhì): Yin starts to grow after Xià Zhì, and the tranquil Anji Baicha emerges.
Xià Zhì represents the extreme of yang, with long days and short nights. It marks the height of summer, where everything reaches its peak. During Xià Zhì, yang energy is at its strongest, while yin energy begins to emerge. It is a time when the yang energy in our bodies is abundant. Traditional Chinese medicine advocates "nourishing yang in spring and summer," and protecting the body's yang energy becomes crucial during this season.
Teas suitable for this season include fresh green teas, aged Pu-erh teas of at least three years, Tieguanyin
, white teas, aged Fenghuang Dancong, Dahongpao, and Anji Baicha.
小暑 (7.7-22.7, Xiǎo Shǔ): The sound of cicadas heralds the arrival of Xiǎo Shǔ, and green tea is the best for nourishing the heart.
"Everywhere you hear the sound of cicadas, you know it's mid-Summer." "Xiǎo" means "small," and Xiǎo Shǔ indicates that the weather is beginning to heat up but has not yet reached its peak. It is the time when yang energy is at its strongest in the human body. Traditional Chinese medicine advocates "nourishing yang in spring and summer," and protecting the body's yang energy becomes crucial during this season.
Teas suitable for this season include fresh green teas, aged Pu-erh teas of at least three years, Oolong teas, and aged white teas and black teas that can provide cooling and relief from summer heat.
大暑 (22.7-6.8, Dà Shǔ): White and green teas are suitable for drinking, as Dà Shǔ is so warm that it can melt gold.
Dà Shǔ is the hottest period of the year. The hottest days are called "Fǔ Tiān," and the period of Fǔ Tiān consists of the early, middle, and late Fǔ. It lasts for about a month and is collectively referred to as the "Three Fu."
Teas suitable for this season include green teas. Clear green tea with green leaves gives a cool sensation and has strong astringency and high amino acid content, which helps cool down the body. It is important to note that cold tea should not be consumed as it hinders perspiration. In addition to green tea, Tieguanyin and high-mountain teas from Taiwan
are also good choices. For those with a strong constitution, aged Pu-erh teas of three to five years can be enjoyed. If you have aged white tea, it is even better as it is an excellent remedy for summer heat.
Remember to adjust the brewing temperature and steeping time according to the tea type and personal preference. Stay hydrated and enjoy the refreshing and cooling properties of these recommended teas during the summer months. Cheers to a delightful tea journey with Cha Moods!