Nighty Night Tea: A snack & an herbal tea to nourish HT xue & help insomnia

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity

Nighty Night Tea:
A snack & an herbal tea to nourish HT xue & help insomnia
By Katie Fritz
1 Asian pear, fresh sliced & cored
Pinch cinnamon (rou gui)

1 tbsp. Mulberry (dehydrated)
2 tbsp. Longan fruit/ long yan rou (dehydrated)
1/4 c. amaranth, toasted

Lightly bake the asian pear in a baking pan covered w/ tinfoil. Add a pinch of cinnamon & eat a few hours before bed.

Place 1/4 c. amaranth on a baking sheet & toast until slightly brown. Add mulberry, longan & amaranth to a pot. Pour boiling water over top (from the kettle) — enough to cover the ingredients. Steep for 5-10 min. Sip before bedtime.

Pear serves 1 person
Tea makes 2-3 cups

TCM analysis:
Asian pear: cold & sweet: generates fluids, calms HT, relieves restlessness, clears heat, detoxifies
Cinnamon (rou gui): warm, acrid, sweet: enters HT, warms & balances
Mulberry:  sl cold & sweet: nourishes blood, tonifies KD, enriches yin, calms the spirit, goes to HT, LV, KD
Longan:  goes to HT & SP, tonifies & augments HT & SP, nourishes blood & calms the spirit
Amaranth — sweet, bitter & warm: tonifies qi, nourishes blood, calms spirit

The pear snack relieves restlessness & generate fluids, while directing its action to the upper jiao w/ cinnamon.
The drink serves to supplement yin & blood & calm the spirit in order to aid HT blood deficiency-type insomnia.