July 30, 2012

Handmade Chocolate with Goji Berries and Mulberries

This recipe contains Goji Berries 'Gou Qi Zi' and Mulberries 'Sang Shen Zi', which both strengthen the body's resources of yin and blood, leading to better health (including hair, eyes, skin). Dark Chocolate also has many health benefits, including decreasing pain and elevating the mood.


  • 1 & ½ bar of Non- Soy Lecithin 73% Organic Dark Chocolate (or chocolate of choice)
  • 1 Cup of Goji Berry Fruit 'Gou Qi Zi'
  • 1 Cup of Mulberry Fruit 'Sang Shen Zi'
  • 1 Cup of Raw Almonds
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July 17, 2012

Japanese Braised Burdock Root (Gobo)

braised burdock with carrot Burdock root can be used to clean and detoxify the cells and tissues of the body.  It is a great food to promote gentle cleaning from every day toxins.  In particular, it is cooling and cleansing for the liver and for the skin.


  • 1/2 lb burdock root (gobo)
  • 1/4 lb carrot
  • 1 TBS organic soy sauce or tamari (non-GMO)
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 1 TBS mirin Japanese rice wine
  • 1/2 TBS Japanese sake
  • 1 tsp black or tan sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil (sesame oil, olive oil or coconut oil are my favorites)
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March 20, 2012

Mung Bean Dessert – Healing Sweets (with Lu Dou)

Mung Beans clear and prevent 'summerheat' or sunstroke, for any of the following symptoms: aversion to heat, headache, thrist, dry lips, sweating, skin break-outs, scanty-dark urination and rapid pulse.  Mung beans also are a good antidote to reduce food or drug poisoning and therefore can be used to detoxify the body. In terms of Western pharmacology, mung beans possess antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, detoxicant and antimicrobial actions. Mung Bean Dessert - Serves 10

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August 8, 2011

Remove Warts with Brucea Fruit (Ya Dan Zi 苦參子) Herbal Plaster & Acupuncture

mashed Ya Dan ZiThe slightly toxic Brucea Fruit/Seed (Ya Dan Zi 苦參子) seed can be used externally to treat a variety of warts and corns. For one application, take 5-8 seeds and carefully remove the black seed coating.  This can be done with a mortar & pestle - just be careful not to crack the seed with too much force or the inner medicine will become smashed intermingling with the black seed coat. Once you have obtained enough of only the white inner portion, mash for a few minutes to forms a paste.  If you are using particularly oily seeds, the mixture may seem slightly sticky and ready to apply to the skin.  If the paste seems a little dry, mix in a few drops of sesame oil.

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November 30, 2010

Japanese Sour Plum & Bancha Twig Tea

Tea Leaf (Camellia sinensis):

In class we made a home-remedy that is a mixture of the pickled Japanese ume plum along with a certain type of green tea called bancha or kukicha (from the tea plant Camellia sinensis).  A little soy sauce and ginger can be added for flavor and warmth. Umesho bancha tea can be taken if there is discomfort after fasting or long-term illness.  It is often given to a mother at the time her baby is delivered. The following is for 1 serving.  The preparation time is about 3-5 minutes, and the cooking time is about 7-10 minutes.

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June 8, 2010

Almond Milk – tastes better when you make it yourself!

Making Nut Milks

You can make some delicious milks by whirling soaked nuts with water in a blender.  You can make the mixture delicate and thin or thick and creamy.  Soak raw almonds or raw cashews to make almond or cashew milk.  You can either strain the blended mixture or drink it as is.  If you choose to strain the mixture, you can save the almond meal to use as flour for baking or for making a facial mask. Thanks Marie for introducing me to your ‘chai-spiced’ version during class at AIMC.

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March 13, 2010

Beautiful Skin – Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid

In the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the United States government defined cosmetics as products for cleaning, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering appearance.  They were not defined by their ingredients, but rather what they were designed to do. Unlike drugs, cosmetics are largely unregulated. They are not required to be tested by the FDA or by any other governmental entity before they are released on the market.  In other words, they are tested on consumers when we buy the product.  The following is a brief discussion of five common harmful cosmetic ingredients.

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