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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.

Amaranth-Almond Cereal

Categories: Lung Phlegm Heat

Amaranth-Almond Cereal

Ingredients:

  • 1 C amaranth
  • 1 ½ C water
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • handful almonds, chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp agave nectar

Instructions:

  1. Combine water and amaranth. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down and let simmer 20-25 minutes until the water is absorbed. Be careful to avoid burning at the end of cooking.
  2. In a bowl, combine amaranth, almond milk, chopped almonds, and agave nectar.

Makes 2 servings.

TCM breakdown:

amaranth: bitter, sweet, cool; ST, ST, LU; dries damp, clears heat, benefits LU, tonifies qi
almonds: sweet, neutral; LU, LI, SP; ventilates LU, relieves cough & asthma, transforms phlegm
agave nectar: sweet, neutral; nourishes middle jiao

Overall, this recipe is cooling to clear heat. The main ingredients (amaranth and almonds) both go to the LU and dispel pathological fluids (amaranth dries damp and almonds transform phlegm). For these reasons, I would recommend this recipe to patients with hot phlegm in the LU.

I Don’t Want No Damp Heat, A recipe to help ease diarrhea caused by d-h in the L.I.

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat

I Don’t Want No Damp-Heat:
A recipe to help ease diarrhea caused by d-h in the L.I.
By Katie Fritz

1 c. mung beans, soaked overnight in water
1 c. amaranth
4 c. vegetable broth
1 small honeydew melon, peeled & chopped, seeds removed. Pureed in the blender
1/2 c. bamboo shoots
1/2 c. lotus root, chopped to your liking
1/2 c. button mushrooms, stems removed & chopped to your liking
Salt to taste

Place mung beans, amaranth & bamboo shoots in a slow cooker & cover w/ 4 cups of vegetable broth. Add a salt & pepper to taste.

Puree honeydew melon in your blender & add it to slow cooker just before the dish is done. Allow soup to warm up.

Upon serving the soup, place chopped spinach on top & allow it to wilt.

Serves: 4 people

TCM analysis:
Mung beans – v. cool & sweet: clears heat, detoxifies, counteracts toxins, quenches thirst
Amaranth – sweet, bitter, warm: tonifies qi, nourishes blood, strengthens SP, reduces dampness
Broth – warm & supplementing
Honeydew – cool & sweet: cools heat
Bamboo shoots – cool & sweet: strengthens ST, relieves food retention, resolves mucus
Lotus root – cool & sweet: very healing, clears heat, relieves irritability, strengthens ST, cools blood
Button mushroom – sl cool & sweet: detoxifies, stops diarrhea, resolves phlegm
Salt – cooling, salty: anti-inflammatory, softens

The overall gist of this recipe is to clear heat from the L.I. and resolve dampness. The mung beans, melon, bamboo shoots, lotus root & mushrooms serve to cool the heat in the LI, while the broth warms & supplements the MJ. Amaranth is also warm & bitter to nourish & reduce dampness. The salt is added for taste & its anti-inflammatory action in the body.