Sugar Cane, Lily Bulbs and Water Chestnut Tea

Updated: Apr 15, 2018






In this family friendly drink the most active ingredient is Lily bulbs, which when combined with Water Chestnut and Sugar Cain is not only wonderfully delicious but very good at treating dry and sore throats. 

Lily Bulbs Composed of about a hundred overlapping scales, lily bulbs, or Bai He in Pinyin, are viewed as the propitious sign of a blissfully lasting marriage and all the best by ancient Chinese. There is no denying that the beauty is really impressive on its own, let alone the auspicious omen carried. No wonder lily grows in most countries mainly as ornamental flowers. Some species of lily bulb, however, are rich in starch and edible too. But even more than that, as one of commonly used Chinese herbs, it is widely applied to calm spirit and moisten lung to relieve cough.

Also known as bulbus lilii in the west, it refers to the dried fleshy petal-like layers of Lilium lancifolium Thunb., Lilium brownii F.E.Brown var. viridulum Baker, or Lilium pumilum DC. In China it is cultivated across the country, especially in Hunan and Zhejiang provinces. Autumn is the best time for harvest and traditionally the growers repeat the unchanged procedures year after year – to collect, wash, scale, slightly scald, and dry. 


It is one kind of perennial herb, bulbus depressed globose, and stems erect. Lilium lancifolium is orange red and dotted with purple black spots; Lilium brownii is white but brown in back; Lilium pumilum is cardinal red or aubergine but without spots.


Based on theories of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), it is sweet, slightly cold in nature and covers meridians of heart and lung. It is capable of nourishing Yin and moistening lung, which is used for indications like chronic cough due to yin deficiency, and blood in sputum

INGREDIENTS: ( 3 to4 servings)

  • Sugar cane – a few sections

  • Dried lily bulb

  • Carrot 

  • Water chestnut


1.   Chop sugar cane into small pieces.

2.   Wash carrots and cut into thin pieces.

3.   Wash water chestnut with a brush. Cut off top and bottom and then cut each one into 3 pieces.

4.   Put all in a soup pot with plenty of water (about 3 liters) and cook over medium heat for over an hour.

4.   Drink tea only.


Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing from Harley Street, London. Make an appointment for an acupuncture treatment and we can discuss how we can help you, to read more about Eca click here.



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