Chrysanthemum is an herb grown throughout China. The flower part of the herb is often used to clear heat and relieve toxicity. It can be used externally as a compress (for inflamed eyes for example) or is commonly used in a tea form. It can help to clear summer heat, prevent sunstroke and … [Read more...] about Cold Chrysanthemum Tea
Fall is always a time when there is increased promotion for the flu shot. TV commercials and signs at the local pharmacy highly recommend the flu vaccination for prevention. Although many people get the flu shot each year, not everyone chooses to. Flu vaccines are designed to protect against the … [Read more...] about Should I get the flu shot?
As a Chinese herbalist, I am often asked “which herbs are good to eat?” Well, that is a very broad question. First, different herbs are good for different things. We all have unique energetic imbalances and require different treatments. If we eat an excessive amount of “warming” or “cooling” … [Read more...] about Cooking With Chinese Herbs
For most of us, Chinese herbs are an alternative and unknown form of medicine. However, in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) they are an integral part of healing! Many people liken Chinese herbs to medication but they couldn’t be farther apart. First, Chinese herbs are natural substances—roots, … [Read more...] about Chinese Herbs: An Introduction
Cinnamon has been all over the wellness-news lately for a plethora of health benefits. From blood sugar regulation to anti-inflammatory properties, Cinnamon is the current “it” herb. Gui zhi, as I like to think of it, has been in the Chinese medical materia medica for thousands of years and has … [Read more...] about Cinnamon: The Wonder Spice
Natures First Aid Kit Our health food and grocery stores shelves are lined with many different supplements and medicines – trying to determine what to take can be overwhelming. There are many choices that extend beyond the supplement aisle! There is much to learn about the food universe – even … [Read more...] about Natures First Aid Kit