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Chai

Categories: Asian, Beverages, Qi Stagnation, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold, Vegetarian

chai-tea

CHAI TEA

makes 2 quarts

Ingredients:

2 qts water

2 cinnamon sticks

¼ c green cardamom pods

1 heaping tsp black peppercorns

½ heaping tsp whole cloves

Several slices of fresh ginger

1-2 black teabags (I like Darjeeling or Earl Gray)

Honey

Goat’s Milk

nutmeg

1) Combine all ingredients except for the tea bags; bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 45 min.  Add the tea bags and continue to simmer for another 10-15 min.  Strain into a container to store.

2) To serve, reheat a desired amount and add honey and goat’s milk to taste; grate nutmeg over the top.

Variations:

Experiment by adding other dried herbs like dried tangerine peel or dried coconut.

You can substitute soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk for the goat’s milk.

TCM ANALYSIS

Qi Stagnation with Cold in the Middle Jiao

Cinnamon:  Hot, acrid, and sweet; HT, LV, KD, SP; strengthens stomach, warms body.

Cardamom:  Warm, acrid; KD, SP; aids digestion, warms and resolves dampness, regulates Qi, stops

nausea and vomiting.

Black Peppercorns:  Hot, acrid; ST, LI; warms body, aids digestion

Cloves:  Warm, acrid; KD, SP, ST; warms body, reverses rebellious Qi.

Ginger:  Warm, acrid; LU, SP, ST; releases exterior Wind Cold, stops nausea/vomiting

Black Tea:  Cool, bitter, sweet; clears the head, resolves phlegm, promotes digestion and urination

Honey:  Warm, sweet; LU, SP, ST; lubricates dryness, strengthens digestion

Goat’s Milk:  Neutral, sweet; strengthens, nourishes Qi and Blood, lubricates dryness

This recipe contains very warming and moving herbs that promote good digestion.  Goat’s Milk is

the traditional ingredient in this drink and even though it can be considered an acquired taste, in a

small amount, it works to tonify Qi and Blood.   Goat’s Milk is also much easier to digest than Cow’s

milk.  It can be used for indigestion, fatigue after meals, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Trading the mooo for the maaah

Categories: Articles, Food Education, Nutritional Information

When I realized my toddler’s nursing had more to do with comfort than nourishment, I began my search for the best non-cow milk on the market. Nothing against my little wet-nosed udder-flaunting friends. I mean, I have no problem indulging in an occasional wide-rimmed glass of white goodness to dunk my Newman’s Best fake Oreos into. But I see a glass of milk as I do a glass of whiskey: it’s for the rare occasion when I am in the mood, one glass is enough, and I’m not going to pretend like it’s healthy for my toddler. So what were my options? Soy milk is almost equally as dampening as cow milk (and whiskey for that matter). Rice milk is easily digested, but there just isn’t really enough there in the nutrients department. Then a friend suggested I read up on Goat’s Milk. So I did. And I have to admit I was pretty surprised. I mean, I knew the bit about it being easily digested. And maybe I even knew the part about it not producing phlegm. But the rest of it… Let’s just say I have been keeping a steady supply in our home ever since I was schooled on the subject.

In no way do I think anything on the planet is superior to breastmilk. Nor do I have enough knowledge to comment on the appropriateness of any animal milk for newborns. However, when you have no control over the tap eventually running dry, and when you don’t want yours to be one of those phlegmy toddlers with the runny nose perpetually dripping into her mouth, then I believe Goat’s Milk is the best option. And it’s super delicious too.

So to all you parents out there, or toddlers reading this, or those of you with chronic sinus infections and “seasonal allergies”, do your and your loved one’s spleens a favor and choose the maaah over the mooo.

http://www.crohns.net/Miva/education/aboutgoatsmilk.shtml

Important to note: Goat’s milk is lacking in a key ingredient – folic acid. Therefore, make sure to supplement the child’s diet with enough leafy greens to make this a non-issue. Folic acid is super important. But it is also easy enough to find in a well-rounded diet. Also, we do water down the milk before giving it to our 2-year-old. We did it just from our intuition that it looked pretty thick, but I have since read some pretty strong arguments for doing so relating to solute load and stress on the kidneys. Here are just a couple links to give a balanced view.

http://www.naturalchildbirth.org/natural/resources/breastfeeding/breastfeeding14.htm

http://parenting.ivillage.com/baby/bbreastfeed/0,,3vwz,00.html