Herbal Gomasio

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Siri Michel

Herbal Gomasio – makes approximately ½ cup

Water or Wood Imbalance – Kidney Qi Deficiency or Liver Blood Deficiency

Ingredients (use organic when possible)

  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dulse flakes
  • 1 teaspoon nettle leaf
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (optional)


  1. Toast sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring regularly, for 5-10 minutes, or until slightly golden and aromatic.
  2. Cool seeds slightly, then mix with dulse flakes and nettles in blender, seed grinder, coffee grinder or with mortar and pestle. Grind coarsely, just enough to break the seeds and coat herbs with sesame oil.
  3. If the dulse or nettles are whole leaf, grind them into flakes first before mixing with sesame seeds.
  4. Taste and add optional salt if desired.
  5. Store in a jar or large opening shaker. Can also be used in a spice mill to further grind over food. If not used up within the week, store in the refrigerator to maintain freshness.

Options: Try mixing with other edible seaweeds – kombu, nori, kelp granules or a blend of seaweeds will work well. May be modified in various proportions to taste.


TCM properties

Ingredient Taste, Temp, Organs Function

Sesame seeds: Neutral, sweet; LVR, KD Nourish blood and yin, lubricate intestines

Dulse flakes: Cold, salty; LVR, ST, KD Clear heat, softens hardness.

Nettle leaf: Neutral, sweet, salty; KD, LVR, SP, UB, LU; brightens eyes; detoxifies. Regulates the waterways, builds and moves blood, regulates menstruation, regulate urination, benefits the skin.

Sea Salt: Cold, salty, sl. sweet; KD, UB Harmonize and promote digestion; in small amounts  strengthens Kidney, fortifies bones, tendons and teeth;