Recipes and How-To’s

Like a recipe box for both herbs and food, you’ll find all of the recipes featured in my blog posts!

  • Banana Bread (Gluten and Dairy-Free)

      I rarely crave bread, but there is something about the depths of winter that brings the bread-lover out in me. I’ll even crave things like pizza and calzones, which I otherwise have no interest in!  Yet, I lament not being able to have wheat/gluten as I’ve discovered that it does not agree with me […]

  • Yogurt with Gelled Spiced Fruit Compote

    Herbal jellos are quite popular at the moment, and I’ve been loving my tub of Vital Proteins* gelatin so much that I am trying to use it in everything.  Also, I’ve been feeling a bone-deep need for goat’s milk, so I’ve been listening to my body and experimenting with goat’s milk in various forms: cheese […]

  • Kabocha Squash Soup

      I’m not a big cold weather fan, mostly because I like taking long walks and have a hard time warming up (and staying warm) despite many smartly layered pieces of clothing.  One thing I do love about this season is squashes and soups.  I adore kabocha squash, who doesn’t?!, and have been using it […]

  • Buddha’s Hand, Cherries and Green – Tea

    My piece de resistance blend of the moment is new crop sencha green tea, sour cherries, dried Buddha’s Hand, and fresh ginger. Sometimes I’ll add teensy bit of raw honey, just to give it a little more sweetness and body.  Other times, I’ll leave out the green tea and use tulsi instead.     Get a […]

  • Blueberry Peach Krembler

      I’ve been making this gluten free “crumble” (what I call krembler) for about a year now.  It was inspired by a friend’s dish. The base is blueberries and peaches, and the topping is a blend of rolled oats, black sesame seeds, almond flour and quinoa flour.  It’s sort of a crumble, but not really. […]

  • Blood Nourishing Black Sesame Hot Cocoa

    My favorite “herb” for rebuilding Blood is black sesame seeds.  As mentioned in this recipe post, “black sesame is regarded as great food to keep hair healthy and dark, which is no wonder since this tiny seed is filled with a plethora of nutrients. It tonifies the Kidneys and Liver in Chinese Medicine (CM), helping […]

  • Black Sesame Honey Balls with Roses, Orange and Cardamom

    These black sesame herbal truffles are food for all of the Five Element Organs in Chinese Medicine: Kidneys, Liver, Heart, Lung and Spleen. They pack a lot of energy into a tiny package, and I really like them when I’m sitting in class or at an all day conference, to help keep my mental and […]

  • Mugwort Bath

    Mugwort is an amazing herb; it promotes relaxation and pain relief.  Mugwort is spicy, bitter, neutral (meaning it neither warms nor cools the body), antispasmodic, and mild narcotic.  Thus, you will feel sleepy after a while in a Mugwort bath – once you get sleepy, get out of the tub and head to bed for […]

  • Ginger Fomentation

    I really love ginger fomentations, ginger is warming, stimulating, promotes circulation, and relieves pain! It is perfect for cramps where the application of heat improves the pain. Grate, finely chop, or thinly slice a two inch piece of fresh ginger root (you can leave the skin on) Place the ginger into a pot or glass […]

  • Castor Oil Packs

     Castor Oil Packs Patterns most affected with Castor Oil Packs: Liver Qi Stagnation/Qi Stagnation, Blood Stagnation, Cold Stagnation, Blood Deficiency Castor oil packs have been used to help the body break down scar and tough tissues, as well as to help detoxify the Liver.  Castor oil itself is a moistening herb and can help relieve […]

  • Garlic-Artichoke “Cream”

    Garlic is a great pre-biotic, and it is fabulous for the immune system.  Artichokes are high in fiber, polyphenols, antioxidants although most of their goodness is lost when you eat only the hearts (as we do here.) For greater benefit from this recipe, purchase whole artichokes, peel off the leaves, dry the leaves, and use […]

  • Chamomile Ginger Tea

    Not just great for headaches, an upset tummy, or menstrual cramps – this tea fits the bill when you want to relax, relieve stress, or address any of the aforementioned. Place 1oz chamomile and 4 slices of fresh ginger (about 2mm thick) into a jar, pot, or other container with a lid (1oz of chamomile […]

  • Miso Soup

    Miso soup is one of my favorite comfort foods, this is a very simple and quick miso recipe that doesn’t require making dashi. 1TB miso paste (I like mellow white miso paste, try a bunch of different ones to find your favorite) 2TB cold water 1 scallion, sliced into 1/4″ rounds (optional) 2c boiling water […]

  • Cold Stagnation Tea

    Whether you suffer from Cold Stagnation or lack of heat, including a cold, sore lower back, watery loose diarrhea before menses with heat improving menstrual cramps and a cold lower abdomen; this tea is sure to warm you up. Ingredients: 1 cinnamon stick 4 slices fresh ginger (or 1/2tsp dried powdered ginger) 1/2tsp fenugreek seeds […]

  • Rice Pilaf with Lamb and Cherries

    One of my favorite dishes, combining comforting rice, warming lamb and cinnamon, cheerful cherries, and bright green pistachios.    2.5c. white basmati rice – rinsed in cool water until the water is clear 1lb ground lamb (I am sure you could use another meat, but lamb is very very warming, and is perfect for the […]

  • Sunny Tea for a Cold Winter Day

    Ginger, cinnamon, cardamon, saffron and grapefruit peel come together to create a spicy and uplifting tea that warms the body, and brings a little yellow sunshine to those cold winter days. 6 slices fresh ginger 1 tsp ground cinnamon (or one cinnamon stick) 1/4 tsp ground cardamom 1 pinch saffron threads 2 2″x1/2″ long pieces […]