This recipe is a wonderful, comforting dish as the temperature drop and the leaves change. It is a combination of herbs that when cooked together, have great immune- strengthening properties. The ingredients (found below), can be purchased individually at an Asian market, or pre-combined from some health food stores (try the Big Carrot, Herbies Herbs, or Evergreen).
1. Codonopsis Root- Helps tonify and strengthen “Qi” energy, nourishes blood and nourishes body fluids.
2. Astragalus Root- Helps strengthen the immune system, strengthen “Qi” energy, nourish the digestive system, and tonify the Blood and Lungs.
3. Dioscorea (Chinese yam) Root- Tonify and balances the Lungs and the Kidneys.
4. Chinese Lycii Berries- Strengthen the Liver and Kidneys.
Directions: Use equal parts of each herb (2-3 oz) added to a large pot of water (~4L). Bring to a boil and then simmer for 4-6 hours. Remove the herbs and drink the broth or use as a soup base. For added flavor and nutrients, feel free to add chicken, ginger, garlic, carrots, celery, onions, pepper, cloves and/or salt.