August 11, 2013

Nettle & Astragalus Soup (Huáng Qí 黃耆) to tonify Qi & Blood

Huang Qi - sticks


  • 1 lb Fresh Nettles (handle with gloves and tongs to avoid being stung)
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 leeks - cut into half moons
  • 2 cups broth, ideally home-made (vegetable or chicken)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 avocado
  • 5 small potatoes
  • 9 grams dried Astralagus Sticks (Huáng Qí 黃耆) or 1 TBS dried Astragalus pieces
  • 1 tsp fresh dill
  • ½ tsp nutmeg (Ròu Dòu Kòu)
  • 3 cloves of freshly, minced garlic (Dà Suàn),
  • Salt/ pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
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August 9, 2013

Arnica Salve

arnica oil infusion
  • can be massaged into muscles, both before and after exertion
  • it stimulates the circulation
  • soothes bruises
  • relieves the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and tension headaches
  • repairs overworked muscles, tendon injuries, and sprains
  • acts as an anti-inflammatory by reducing inflammation and relieving the associated pain and swelling
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July 16, 2013

Gluten-Free Flax & Hemp Seed Health Bars ( 亞麻仁 , 火麻仁)

gluten free flax-and-hemp-bars These delicious health bars are gluten-free and are protein rich with various seeds and nuts.


  • 2 Cups lightly salted roasted pecans
  • 1 Cup crispy rice cereal (gluten-free)
  • 1 Cup old-fashioned oats (gluten-free)
  • 2/3 Cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 Cup raisins
  • 1/2 Cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 Cup dry roasted Flax Seeds 'Ya Ma Ren' 亞麻仁
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds ‘Huo Ma Ren’ 火麻仁
  • 1/4 Cup vegan & gluten free chocolate chips
  • 2/3 Cup brown rice syrup
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    July 8, 2013

    Nourishing Kidney Bean Soup with Goji Berries 枸杞子

    Indian Cardamon Seed Pods & SeedsIngredients:
    • 1 cup Organic Dark Red Kidney Beans, soaked in water overnight (or three 15 oz. cans)
    • 4 cups water
    • 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
    • 2 TB, chopped scallion (Cong Bai)
    • 1 TB minced garlic (Da Suan)
    • 1 TB olive oil
    • 1 TB butter
    • Ham Shank, (natural, uncured, fully cooked), cut bite-sized meat
    • ¼ C whole goji berries, (Gou Qi Zi 枸杞子)
    • 14 Green Cardamom pods (green Indian cardamon tastes best) slightly crack each pod.
    • 3 TB, fresh lemon juice
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • ¾ tsp paprika
    • Pinch or so, cayenne pepper (Hua Jiao) – according to taste

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    June 12, 2013

    Chilled Hibiscus Tea / Agua Fresca de Jamaica (Fú Róng Hūa)

    hibiscus flowers


    • 1.5 cup of Jamaica (Hibiscus) Flowers
    • 3 cups of water
    • 4 cups of water to make 2 quarts of the final drink
    • 3/4 cup of coconut palm sugar or 1/2 cup honey
    • Ice cubes

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    March 25, 2013

    Bitter Gourd / Bitter Melon

    bittergourd Bitter Gourd (Momordica charantia) also known as bitter melon, looks like a pale green cucumber with bumpy, grooved skin.  This squash-family vegetable is predictably quite bitter in flavor.  However there are ways to reduce the bitterness (it should be picked when its young) and tasty recipes that make it quite palatable.  Why eat it?  The bitter melon is full of vitamin A and C.  Medicinally it can clear heat from the body and reduce phlegm.

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    February 7, 2013

    Fresh Ginger Syrup with ‘Shēng Jiāng’ 生薑

    Ginger Juice complete This recipe is easy to make and lasts a long time when stored in a well-sealed container in the refrigerator.  You can use Ginger Syrup to make other drinks such as teas, medicine drinks, ginger spritzers (mixed with bubbly water) and alcoholic beverages.

    Medicinal Benefits of Fresh Ginger (Shēng Jiāng 生薑):

    Fresh Ginger exhibits a spicy, warm action on the Lung and Spleen/Stomach.  This means that Fresh Ginger warms up the metabolism of the lungs and digestive system and is great for cold cases with excess dampness.

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    February 3, 2013

    Golden Milk with Turmeric (Jiāng Huāng 薑黃 )

    Golden Milk Drink

    The delicious drink called 'Golden Milk' can be made by adding 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon organic dried turmeric powder to a cup of warm milk on the stove (cow milk, goat milk or any one of the delicious nut milks*). Fresh Turmeric Root and Powder Fresh Turmeric Root and Powder

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    January 21, 2013

    Bone Broth Chicken Soup with Healing Herbs

    Making soup with bone marrow stock enhances your immune system and provides you with easy to assimilate minerals. The marrow inside the bones contains nutrients that feed your whole body, including your own bone marrow. When your bone marrow is nourished, you create healthier immune cells and can better fight off colds and the flu.

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    January 14, 2013

    Ginger & Elderflower Muffins


    • 1 C rata honey
    • 1 C sugar
    • 4 C flour - can use gluten-free blends
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 C milk
    • 2 tablespoons elderflower
    • 5 tablespoons sliced ginger
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 6 tbl butter
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