January 30, 2014

Mung Bean Soup – Filipino Style (Munggo)

Mung BeansChinese herbal pharmacist, Li Shi Zhen, writes that mung beans are "highly recommended not only as a rich source of nutrients but also as medication.” The many benefits of mung beans include:
  • Clearing heat and toxins from the body
  • Balancing organs and skin
  • Tonifying Qi
  • Improve circulation in the 12 meridian channels throughout the body.
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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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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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August 20, 2012

Honeysuckle Flower & Licorice Root – Cleansing Drink

In addition to being sweet, honeysuckle flower is cold in nature and is useful in treating all types of heat. It can treat 'summerheat' symptoms (thirst, headache, sweating, heat stroke, etc.). Honeysuckle works like a natural, herbal antibiotic to fight infection. This flower also can detoxify and reduce inflammation. Honeysuckle has antimicrobial effects against many pathogenic bacteria including Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and Pseudomonas. Honeysuckle is also antiviral and has been show to deactivate the PR8 strain of the influenza virus.

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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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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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