Cranberries

Cranberries

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Cranberries are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat bladder infections or UTIs. Their red colour indicates its effects on blood. Sour flavour helps to astringe or stop bleeding during UTIs. Although they are red this fruit is actually cooling in nature and good for people that have excessive heat.

Clove

Clove

Cloves are a spice used in TCM to warm the body up - helping to get rid of cold pathogens, alleviate abdominal bloating, or even warming the kidneys to strengthen libido. For morning sickness it is commonly combined with ginseng. 

Rosemary

Rosemary

Rosemary is a warming herb that grows in an upward and outward direction giving people the ability to be more direct and assertive. Maybe a good quality to have when you need to stand up for yourself at work or in relationships.

Peanut

Peanut

Peanuts are great for fall as they moisten dryness - good for treating a dry cough, or constipation. They also help promote milk production for mothers nursing their babies. Their high protein and fat content help tonify qi and blood, which are especially deficient after childbirth. A woman's blood quality is essential in order to produce milk.

Basil

Basil

Fresh #basil picked straight from the garden! This warming spice helps dissolve mucus in the lungs according to traditional Chinese medicine

Peppers

Peppers

Orange and Red Bell Peppers when cooked, can strengthen your stomach and spleen for improved digestion, and a good source of energy!

Cashew

Cashew

Cashews are high in good fats, which in TCM help moisten the lungs and large intestine. Good for people with dry coughs, coughs that act up at night, or constipation. Eaten in excess can lead to dampness, or phlegm - manifesting in the form of heaviness, fullness sensation in the chest, loose stools, or mucous build up.

Blackberry

Blackberry

Blackberries are good when you're feeling dehydrated, thirsty, dry eyes, or dizzy, as they nourish blood while boosting body fluids. Replenish yourself with blackberries

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

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Looking for more #summer food options? #Cremini #Mushrooms πŸ„moisten dryness while clearing heat from the stomach - a great combo if you're feeling dehydrated or BBQ'ing a lot this season. Stay balanced this #summer with Cremini mushrooms 😊

Tomato

Tomato

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Tomato in TCM is cooling and good for nourishing blood, that is when it's cooked. In its raw form it can be quite damp and signs of dampness are water accumulation, sluggishness, fatigue, loose stools, and heaviness sensation.

Chayote

Chayote

Chayote in TCM is good for soothing the lungs - treating dry cough, or eliminating phlegm. It has a slightly sweet taste and can be good for moistening dryness. You can boil it with pork bone to make soup, or stir fry with other vegetables.

Honey

Honey

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Honey has many medicinal properties. It can be used in Chinese Medicine to regulate bowels, heal skin ulcers, and moisten dryness. Mix honey with black tea for dry coughs that act up at night

Chives

Chives

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Chives great for warming the body and improving circulation, making this food a good choice as we enter into the fall season. It's good for cold food, joint pain, or low sex drive. They are very easy to cook, simply steam or boil them for 1-2 minutes. Works great in noodle soups, or on its own with sauce

Bean Sprouts

Bean Sprouts

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Spring is the season to sprout out, travel, and get moving again! Bean sprouts help to encourage this energetic property! They're also good for detoxifying the body while promoting urination.

Watercress

Watercress

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Get your greens! 🌿

#Watercress has an amazing flavour which makes it a versatile choice in creating a soup base, an addition to congee, or simply eaten on its own. Known for it's cooling and moistening properties this leafy green helps to combat the heat during summer months while keeping the lungs moist during the dry fall.

Peppermint

Peppermint

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Stay cool with a peppermint tea. Peppermint is known for clearing heat, while improving your energy circulation. This is great when you're feeling stressed, angry, or tense, as it helps you chill out!

Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms

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Shiitake mushrooms go great with any soup and can even be used alone to create the soup base. From a TCM perspective this mushroom fortifies the spleen and boosts energy improving appetite, fatigue, shortness of breath or frequent urination

Tangerines

Tangerines

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Tangerines or clementines 🍊 have an auspicious meaning in Chinese culture. Their bright orange colour is said to symbolize gold, hence given during Chinese New Year to bring forth good fortune, prosperity, and wealth!

Pistachios

Pistachios

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Pistachios, like all nuts, are nutrient dense and therefore nourish and tonify our bodies.

In Chinese medicine they are known to nourish Kidneys and Liver - Two organs that get taxed by stress and anxiety.

Oranges

Oranges

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Sunday morning calls for freshly squeezed OJ! 🍊

Oranges are good for moistening the lungs, however in our modern western diet we forget to include the peel. Too much orange juice without the peel can actually create phlegm. The peel is usually included in soups or congee for its phlegm eliminating properties.