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Soothing Sipping Broth

Categories: Heart Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Shen Calming

Soothing Sipping Broth 1 to 2 servings

1 rounded teaspoon (about 12 grams) sour date seeds (suan zao ren)
3 stalks celery, cut into 3- to 4-inch lengths
3 cups water

Toast the sour date seeds in a pan over medium-high heat until they crackle and pop and release a nutty fragrance, 3 to 5 minutes. Let the seeds cool, then crush them lightly with a rolling pin to further crack them open.

Boil the water in a small pot, then add the sour date seeds and celery. Lower the heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.

Strain out the celery and seeds.

Serve warm.

Sour Date Seeds-sweet and sour, neutral; HT/LV/GB/SP; nourish heart, augment LV blood, calm spirit, prevent abnormal sweating
Celery-cool, sweet, slightly bitter; clear stomach heat and live heat, treat qi stagnation, reduce BP, promote urination, cool blood, stop bleeding, reduce headaches, regulate menstruation

Nourishes HT Yin, augments LV blood and calm spirit.

Especially good for anyone who has insomnia or irritability, particularly those who are experiencing restless sleep with excessive, vivid dreams and women who suffer insomnia due to anemia. Drink a cup one to two times a day, especially before bedtime, to stay calm and get a good night’s sleep.

Cheerful Cherry-Berry Beverage

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Shen Calming

Cheerful Cherry-Berry Beverage

Ingredients:
8 Fresh Cherries-if fresh is not available try dried cherries, cut in half.
1 TBL. (10 grams) longan fruit (long yan rou).
1 TBL. Goji berries (gou qi zi-10 gm).
1-2 Cups water.

Directions:
1. Combine the cherries, longan fruit, goji berries, & water in a small pot & bring to a boil.
2. Lower the heat & simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally andcrushing the cherries against the side of the pot to help coax the juice out.
3. Strain out the fruit, if desired (or leave it in & eat it w/ a spoon).

Cherries: warm & sweet, upbearing, supplements qi & blood, & disperses blood stagnation.
Longan fruit: sweet, warm, harmonizes the heart & spleen, tonifies blood & calms the spirit.
Goji berries: sweet, sour & neutral, nourishes blood & yin.

TCM: This herbal drink acts on the heart & spleen to nourish blood & yin & calm the spirit. It is also good for liver blood deficiency.