June 17, 2012

Kidney Tonic Cereal to Strengthen Low Back and Knees

The Top Vine Part of Shan Yao YamThis herb cereal is known to be good for kidney weakness characterized by low energy, lower back pain, weak knees, frequent urination, and low sex drive.
  • 10 grams (8-10 pieces) Radix Polygoni Multiflori (fleeceflower root, knotweed) = He Shou Wu
  • 10 grams (2 sticks) Radix Achranthis Bidentate = Niu Xi
  • 15 grams (5 pieces) Radix Dioscoreae (Chinese Yam) = Shan Yao
  • 5 grams (1 Tbsp.) Fructus Corni (dogwood fruit) = Shan Zhu Yu
  • 2 cups brown rice
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February 26, 2012

Seaweed Soup with Organic Beef Brisket

Seaweed is from the sea, and like the ocean, it is cooling in nature.  There are various types of seaweed, which can all detoxify the body by pulling heavy metals and toxins out of the body, like a natural chelation therapy.  Be sure to use good quality seaweed from a clean(ish) ocean. Cool seaweed can also transform hot-phelgm which is generally sticky and possibly yellow in color. Here's Grace's family recipe for seaweed soup.


  • Wakame/Kun Bu (Pacific Wildcraft kelp seaweed, harvested from Mendocino County)
  • Beef Brisket (Marin Sun Farms grass fed organic)
    Dried Kombu Seaweed
  • Organic Toasted Sesame Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Garlic/Da Suan
  • Organic short grain rice
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January 15, 2012

Clay Herb Pot – Directions for Use

Due to the nature of the Clay Herb Pot, it requires special care. Please follow these simple steps to ensure the life of your Clay Herb Pot: 1) Before first use, immerse the entire pot in cold water for 30 minutes to over night. This will allow the pot to absorb moisture before it is set on the flame or burner and will help avoid cracking (only required for first time use).

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August 13, 2011

Healthy ‘Spleen Qi’ Soup

This recipe comes from Rebecca and is especially good for maintaining a strong digestive system (healthy Spleen Qi) and reducing dampness (water & mucus retention).    Strong Spleen Qi is the basis of 'post-natal Qi' and health.  Keeping your spleen strong ensures that your digestive system will have the ability to extract all the nutrients from your food so your body can stay well nourished.   This is a super tasty recipe -  enjoy!


  • 2 cups Yi Yi Ren (Job's Tears / Coix Seeds) - I had a heck of a time trying to find this and they were at Ranch 99 the whole time!
  • 1 whole cooked chicken, including raw gizzard/giblets
  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 lb. kale
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Some olive oil
  • A bunch of water
  • Salt to taste
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March 9, 2011

Chicken Soup with Ginseng, Angelica & Ginger (Ren Shen, Dang Gui & Sheng Jiang)


This is a nutritious tonic to promote qi and blood, improve bodily functions and energy.  Overall blood tonic.


  • Angelica (dang-gui) head 當歸頭- 5-10gram  (too much will give the soup a bitter taste)
  • Ginseng 人參 - 8gm  (or substitute Codonopsis ‘Dang Shen’)
  • Small Whole Chicken  (about 1 lb., use black-meat chicken for best effects)
  • Pitted red dates  紅棗 - 12 pieces
  • Fresh Ginger 生薑 - 2 slices
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