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Lychee Sorbet with Mint

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yin Vacuity

Lychee Sorbet with Mint
by Lizette Salazar

(makes about 1 quart of sorbet)

2 16-oz cans of lychees in syrup — one with the syrup and one drained

4-5 fresh mint leaves

Juice of half a lemon

1 tbsp of honey

In a food processor or blender, blend lychees with the syrup from just one can, mint, and lemon juice to a smooth consistency, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to an ice cream/sorbet maker and follow directions for making sorbet.

Lychees: Warm/Sweet, astringent. Nourishes blood, calms spirit, soothes LV, regulates qi

Lemon: cool, sour. Regenerates body fluids, harmonizes ST, regulates qi, quenches thirst, benefits LV.

Mint: Acrid, Aromatic, cool. LV qi stagnation, emotional instability, gynecological problems.

Honey: Neutral/ Sweet. Nourishes Yin, lubricates dryness, tonifies weakness, harmonizes, strengthens SP

Overall this recipe regulates LV qi stagnation and nourishes blood and yin. Due to its cold nature, the nourishing and cooling aspects are highlighted. But adding more mint and serving warmer would lean it towards more liver qi moving.

Green Tea and Lychee Smoothie

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Shen Calming, Summerheat

Green Tea and Lychee Smoothie

by Kylie Roach

2 C. filtered water
3 green tea bags
½ can of Lychees in syrup (about 8 lychees and their juice)

Make the tea: Boil 2 cups of water and add the 3 tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes.
Let tea cool slightly then pour into an ice cube tray (fills about 1 tray).
Freeze the green tea cubes.
Soak the bottom of the ice cube tray in warm water for a few seconds when ready to make the smoothie.
In a blender add the green tea ice cubes and about 8 lychees and syrup (just under half a can, as many as you’d like).
Blend on high power until smooth and serve.
Makes about 4 cups/32 ounces.

TCM Analysis:

Green tea: Cool, bitter and sweet, diuretic, resolves phlegm, promotes digestion, refreshes the mind.
Lychees: Warm, sweet and astringent, nourishes blood, soothes the LV, calms shen, regulates Qi.

This is a cool and refreshing beverage for summertime thirst. The tea cools and the lychee soothes. This recipe is good for someone who needs a relaxing snack.