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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December 20, 2011

Sulfured versus Unsulfured Herbs

Sulfur Dioxide:

Sulfites are widely used in dried fruits and wine. Dried apples and apricots are typically packaged with 500 to 1,000 ppm (parts per million) of the substance. While both of the above industries are required to disclose sulfur content, the herb industry is not. In fact, herb distributors who consider their herbs completely natural may be unaware of the high amounts of sulfur used to whiten their herbs during processing and then preserve them.

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June 21, 2011

Shopping List – Asian Markets

'Mei Gui Hua' Rose Flowers
  • Rose Flower (Mei Gui Hua)
  • Mandarin Peel (Chen Pi)
  • Buddha’s Hand (Fou Shou)
  •  Hawthorn Berries (Shan Zha)
  • Honeysuckle (Jin Yin Hua)
  • Chrysanthemum (Ju Hua)
  • Asian Yam (Shan Yao)
  • Jujube Dates (Da Zao or Hong Zao)
  • Codonopsis (Dang Shen)
  • Pu Erh Tea
  • “Shao Xing” wine (for cooking)
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    May 18, 2011

    Increasing the effects of Gypsum (Shi Gao) with Aspirin – Combining Herbs and Western Medications

    For hundreds of years, since the introduction of Western medicine into China, combined administration of herbal and Western therapies has taken place. Master Zhang Xi Chun (1960-1933), in his book Yi Xue Zhong Cheng Can Xi Lu, had combined the use of gypsum (Shi Gao) with aspirin to treat fever of external origin. He believes that aspirin is pungent, cool, and can clear heat.  Aspirin and Gypsum (Shi Gao) together have better effects of relieving the surface, clearing heat and expelling the evil to the exterior, than using either one alone.

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    January 29, 2011

    A Comparision: Chinese Ginseng, Codonopsis, American Ginseng & Siberian Ginseng

    There are many types of Ginseng, and they all have fairly different properties. The two most famous types of Ginseng are American and Chinese.  First off, American Ginseng (Xi Yang Shen) and Chinese Ginseng (Ren Shen) are sort of opposites in the Ginseng world even though they are in the same plant genus (Panax), because the American version is cooling and the one from China is warming. This makes a huge difference. Another close relative is Siberian Ginseng (Ci Wu Jia), which is mildly related to Chinese and American Ginseng because they are in the same plant family, but they do not share the same genus.

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    June 14, 2010

    Goji Berries ‘Gou Qi Zi’ – Western Research & Asian Functions


    There is a lot of research currently being done on the effects of Goji berries.  Studies show that Goji berries have an overall positive effect on the functions of the body, including sleep, mood, mental clarity and energy.

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    May 7, 2010

    Unlock the Mysteries of the Asian Grocery Store

    There are many exotic fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs with tremendous healing benefits that are available at Asian grocery stores and many health food shops.  By getting to know them, you can increase the ways that you take care of your health.

    Asian Spices & Herbs:

    • Fennel ‘Xiao Hui Xiang’
    • Anise ‘Da Hui Xiang’
    • Ginger ‘Sheng Jiang’
    • Turmeric ‘Jiang Huang’
    • Lemongrass
    • Galanga root
    • Cinnamon 'Rou Gui' or 'Gui Zhi'
    • Cardamon ‘Bai Dou Kou’
    • Albizzia Flower ‘Happy Flower’ or ‘He Huan Hua’
    • Barley tea ‘Gu Ya’
    • Rose flowers ‘Mei Gui Hua’
    • Rose Hips 'Jin Ying Zi'
    • Goji berries ‘Gou Qi Zi’
    • Dried yam ‘Shan Yao’
    • Jujube dates ‘Da Zao’ or 'Hong Zao'
    • Reishi mushroom ‘Ling Zhi’
    • Licorice ‘Gan Cao'
    • Seaweeds ‘Hai Zao’
    • Lily bulb ‘Bai He’
    • Pearl powder ‘Zhen Zhu Mu’
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