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Beet Soup

Categories: Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Wood - Blood Stagnation Beet Soup This soup can help build blood, and help your blood move freely throughout the body.  It helps break up blood stagnation.  Beets are also beneficial for the eyes. This soup can help strengthen the eyes and improve vision.  The soup is also gentle on your digestive system. It can help drain damp, and strengthen the spleen and stomach. Ingredients 5-6 carrots 2-3 large beets 2 onions 2-4 stalks celery 3-4 cloves garlic 2 Tablespoon miso 2 Tablespoon Olive oil 1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, […]

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Categories: Blood Stasis

Frances Norris Blood stasis Ratatouille - Adapted from recipe on Ingredients 1 eggplant, cubed into 1 inch pieces-cool, sweet, removes blood stagnation 2 tomatoes, cut into eighths-slightly cool, sweet, sour, promotes fluids 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped-hot, pungent, removes stagnant blood 1 onion, chopped-warm, pungent Olive oil-neutral, sweet, sour, astringent, promotes production of body fluids Dry oregano Dry basil-warm, pungent Salt-cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonizes digestion Pepper-pungent, warm, warms the MJ Directions Preheat oven to 375 Toss vegetables, a few splashes of olive oil, and spices in a cast iron pot […]

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Lemony Quinoa with Artichokes and Sundried Tomatoes

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation

Frances Norris Wood-liver qi stagnation Lemony Quinoa with Artichokes and Sundried Tomatoes - Makes 6 servings Adapted from recipe on Ingredients 2 cups uncooked quinoa-sweet, warming, tonifies qi 4 cups water 1 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes- slightly cool, sweet, sour, calms liver, clears heat, 2 15 oz. cans of artichoke hearts, packed in water- sweet, bitter, cooling, regulates liver qi, clears liver heat, benefits the LV/GB Juice of one lemon-cool, sour, regulates qi, benefits liver ½ cup olive oil-neutral, sweet, sour, astringent, clears heat 2 sprigs of fresh mint-cooling, moves liver qi […]

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Quinoa with Basil and Pine Nuts

Categories: Spleen Yang Vacuity

Quinoa with Basil and Pine Nuts Serves 2 Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa (sweet and warm, tonifies qi, strengthens spleen, warms yang, relieves internal cold) Pinch of fine sea salt 1/2 cup pine nuts or cashews (warm and sweet, lubricates lungs, relieves cough, lubricates intestines, promotes production of body fluids) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 generous handful fresh basil leaves, chopped (warm and pungent, induces sweating, harmonizes stomach, antidote for seafood poisoning) Preparation: Place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse well. Combine the quinoa with 2 cups of water and […]

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Scallion and Basil Chicken Noodle Soup

Categories: Soup, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Wei Qi Vacuity, Wind Cold Invading Lungs

Scallion and Basil Chicken Noodle Soup ingredients: one carton organic chicken broth one large organic boneless skinless chicken breast one bunch scallions, whites minced fine, greens sliced and reserved for topping one large handful fresh basil, minced 3 inch piece fresh ginger, sliced thin 1/2 package brown rice noodles boil the chicken breast with the broth and white parts of the scallion and the ginger until it shreds easily, about 30 minutes; add the noodles and basil and cook approximately 6 minutes longer. serve topped with the green parts of […]

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Basil Plants Have Anti-Arthritic Properties

Categories: Articles, Nutritional Information, Western Medicine

Basil Plants Have Anti-Arthritic Properties Main Category: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Also Included In: Arthritis / Rheumatology Article Date: 07 Sep 2009 – 5:00 PDT Two varieties of Basil that are widely used in Ayurvedic medicine have been scientifically shown to reduce inflammation and swelling, suggesting that they could have potential in arthritis treatment. At the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s annual event, the British Pharmaceutical Conference in Manchester, Mr Vaibhav Shinde from Poona Collage of Pharmacy, Pune, India, presented results of studies on the varieties Ocimum tenuiflorum Linn and Ocimum […]

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Categories: Articles, Cooking tips

Recipes for Health Pestos: Not Just for Pasta By MARTHA ROSE SHULMAN August 31, 2009 Pesto once meant one thing to me: pesto Genovese, the famous and fabulous basil paste from the Italian Riviera. It was such a revelation the first time I tasted it. When cooks in this country caught on, pesto Genovese became so ubiquitous that now it’s hard to find a sandwich that hasn’t been slathered with it. Pesto Genovese is made by grinding pine nuts, garlic and basil to a paste, which is then enriched with […]

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