February 7, 2013

Fresh Ginger Syrup with ‘Shēng Jiāng’ 生薑

Ginger Juice complete This recipe is easy to make and lasts a long time when stored in a well-sealed container in the refrigerator.  You can use Ginger Syrup to make other drinks such as teas, medicine drinks, ginger spritzers (mixed with bubbly water) and alcoholic beverages.

Medicinal Benefits of Fresh Ginger (Shēng Jiāng 生薑):

Fresh Ginger exhibits a spicy, warm action on the Lung and Spleen/Stomach.  This means that Fresh Ginger warms up the metabolism of the lungs and digestive system and is great for cold cases with excess dampness.

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January 21, 2013

Bone Broth Chicken Soup with Healing Herbs

Making soup with bone marrow stock enhances your immune system and provides you with easy to assimilate minerals. The marrow inside the bones contains nutrients that feed your whole body, including your own bone marrow. When your bone marrow is nourished, you create healthier immune cells and can better fight off colds and the flu.

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January 14, 2013

Ginger & Elderflower Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 C rata honey
  • 1 C sugar
  • 4 C flour - can use gluten-free blends
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 C milk
  • 2 tablespoons elderflower
  • 5 tablespoons sliced ginger
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 6 tbl butter
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July 20, 2012

Turmeric, Ginger & Garlic Roasted Chick Peas

This is a simple, yummy snack alternative.  The turmeric can help move your qi & blood and the ginger can warm and calm your belly.  Garlic boosts immunity and can strengthen the belly qi.

Ingredients:

  • • 1 cup soaked Chick Peas (also called garbanzo beans) 
  • • 3 TBS Olive Oil
  • • 2-3 tsp dried Turmeric Powder 'Jiang Huang'
  • • 1 tsp dried Ginger Powder 'Gan Jiang'
  • • 1 tsp Curry
  • • 1 tsp Garlic Powder or fresh cloves of garlic 'Da Suan'
  • • 1 tsp Salt
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April 10, 2012

Cinnamon & Ginger Applesauce (Rou Gui 肉桂 & Sheng Jiang 生薑)

Both ginger and cinnamon are warming spices that bring heat into the body and chase away the cold. They are perfect for Spleen Yang Deficient folks or anyone with chills who might be catching a cold (wind-cold, not wind-heat).

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of apples
  • 2 tablespoons of shredded ginger 'Sheng Jiang' and ginger peel 'Sheng Jiang Pi'
  • 3 cinnamon sticks 'Rou Gui'
  • 1/2 cup sugar
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February 29, 2012

Spiced Mung Bean Dish to Clear Heat & Warm Simultaneously

Mung Beans are a medicinal food.  They are cooling and can detoxify the body and reduce pathogenic heat contracted in the summertime.  Here we've added spicy-warm herbs to balance out the cool nature of the mung beans...

Ingredients:

  • ∙ 2 cups organic wild blend brown rice
  • ∙ 2 cups of organic mung bean
  • ∙ 1 modest tablespoon each of powdered: turmeric, coriander, cumin, and ginger
  • ∙ 2 medium sized organic carrots, chopped
  • ∙ 2 medium sized pieces of burdock root, chopped
  • ∙ 1 turnip, chopped
  • ∙ ¼ tsp of salt
  • ∙ 9 cups of water (8 cups for mung bean & rice, 1 for vegetables)
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March 28, 2011

Indian Chai Tea – With Warming & Healing Herbs

Chai Tea is a tasty and healthy beverage that is especially balancing on cold days in the fall and winter.  Many of the herbs that are used to make chai tea have the medicinal value of warming & increasing the metabolism of the internal organs, and pushing out the coldness that tries to enter when the temperatures drop.  We can use the internal warmth from the herbs to increase our vital energy throughout the day.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger root - Sheng Jiang (Release Exterior)
  • 1 whole star anise, broken up - Da Hui Xiang (Disperses cold, Regulates /Moves qi)
  • 1 tsp orange peel - Chen Pi, grated (Regulates/Moves Qi)
  • 4 pieces cinnamon bark - Rou Gui (Warms Interior)
  • 1 tsp black cardamom seeds - Yi Zhi Ren (Tonify Yang)
  • 10 whole cloves - Ding Xiang (Warm Interior)
  • 5 whole peppercorns - Hu Jiao (Warm Interior)
  • 1 tsp ground fennel seeds - Xiao Hui Xiang (Warm Interior)
  • 5 cups water
  • ¼ cup black tea (like Assam or Darjeeling)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 cups milk
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March 9, 2011

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

THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS:

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

PER SERVING:

  • 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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October 28, 2010

Miso Soup & Sea Vegetables

The sea vegetable in this soup is detoxifying and cleaning for the body.  Seaweed is 'cold' in nature and its main action is that of clearing heat and transforming phlegm nodules.  This action of reducing phlegm-heat is connected to seaweed ability to promote urination, which is an avenue to guide the hot-phlegm out of the body.  Both of these functions are cleaning and clearing in nature.  Modern research for seaweed has shown it has the ability to lower cholesterol (phlegm plaques), which is related to the cleaning action seaweed has on the body.  Further, seaweed can bind with heavy metals (such as mercury and lead) and guide them out of the body.  This last bit of modern research has prompted the use of various species of sea vegetables for detoxifying radioactive contamination.  Try to buy seaweed that comes from healthy seas, since seaweed detoxifies the oceans too and can absorb toxins from the ocean.

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