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


  • 1 lb Fresh Nettles (handle with gloves and tongs to avoid being stung)Huang Qi - sticks
  • 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



Wash and chop the nettles well. Sautee the nettles, shallots, and leeks in coconut oil until softened and reduced. Deglaze with wine.  Add loose Astragalus sticks, which will be removed later.  If using chopped Astragalus pieces, place them in a muslin cooking bag to easily remove this woody root later.

Add garlic, broth, potatoes, dill, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and broth. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 30-45 minutes. Remove the Astragalus. Blend well using a stick blender or regular blender. Serve hot and enjoy.

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  1. I love nettles, do you know if dead nettleshave the same effects on building the blood even though they don’t have the uric acids? i would think they don’t but maybe you know?

    Comment by jonathan — August 13, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

  2. Can’t get enough of wild nettles. I used to be able to harvest them fresh on my land in Washington. They’re delicious!

    Comment by Jodi Host — October 29, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

  3. Where do you get nettles? I’ve seen them while hiking – are those okay to use?

    Comment by Lisa Polson — November 13, 2013 @ 11:23 am

  4. I recently tried an immune booster soup made with astragalus, turmeric, onion, garlic, olive or coconut oil, shiitake mushroom, stock, kale, butternut squash, ginger, cayenne, miso and lemon juice. I wouldn’t have thought to cook with astragalus before this class.

    Comment by Kim O'Berry — December 6, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

  5. I recently bought a lot of nettles from Mountain Rose Herbs. I drink nettle tea for my allergies. Can’t wait to try this soup, especially considering astragalus is amazing for allergies as well.

    Comment by Carmen — July 19, 2014 @ 6:53 pm

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