Yunnan Baiyao, Yunnan Tea, Yunnan Mushrooms
The three treasures of Yunnan China
Yunnan, China, is largely known for being a popular tourist spot, primarily due to the wonderful natural scenery, beautiful weather, and ancient Tibetan influences. However, the Yunnan Province is also known for growing some of the most valuable herbs, fungi, and tea leaves in terms of health and well-being. The large bodies of water around the capital of Kunming, Yunnan, China provide adequate moisture and humidity that promote growth, and people from all over the world flock to the Yunnan Province to get their hands on native Yunnan Baiyao, Yunnan tea, and Yunnan mushrooms, all in an effort to enhance both physical and mental health.
Yunnan Baiyao is a medicine is hugely popular in Yunnan, China, as it was developed from herbs found growing in the Yunnan Province. It gained popularity in the 1940s when it was successfully used to treat leg injuries at a hospital in Kunming, Yunnan, China, and fast became a necessity amongst soldiers who carried the medicine in case of emergency. Made up of ginseng, myrrh, natural steroids such as progesterone, and natural herbs found growing throughout the Yunnan Province, particularly in the Lijiang, Yunnan, China area and along the Lijiang River, this medicine is cited as being able to clot heavy blood flow and initiate and promote wound healing.
Tea grown in the Yunnan Province is considered to be some of the best tea in China. Known as Dianhong, which roughly translates to 'Yunnan red tea', it is available in both red and black varieties, and there are three main types of Yunnan China tea that are commonly offered in the area - Broken Yunnan, Yunnan Gold, and Yunnan Pure Gold. Broken Yunnan is the most basic version, and is often served in budget cafes and restaurants. However, some of the more luxurious eateries and hotels located in Kunming, Yunnan, China and other major cities in the Yunnan Province, will sell the purer versions that contain gold buds. The tea is believed to control weight and strengthen the body, and it’s very popular throughout the Yunnan province.
It is estimated that around 600 different mushroom species can be found growing in the Yunnan Province, with around 30 species considered safe to eat. One of the most sought after mushrooms that naturally grow in Yunnan, China, is the Boletus species, which has many health benefits, including being an excellent source of Vitamin D, as well as a source of the mineral selenium which can tackle skin diseases, and is even used as a cancer treatment. The mushrooms end to grow away from the cities, in more rural areas such as Lijiang, Yunnan, China, and are at their best during the summer rainy season.