Looking for an easy way to help support your body through these variable temperatures? Tap into the ancient immune boosting powers of this Traditional Chinese Medicine recipe.
The seasonal temperature changes can be hard on the body, stressing the immune system and essentially making us more susceptible to catching a cold or flu. This recipe is a great way to help your body prepare for the change in seasons.Ideally, begin drinking this soup 2 weeks before the anticipated changes in temperature.
Ingredients: 2-3 oz of each herb
Codonopsis pilosula root (Dang Shen): 3 sticks ~10 cm
Astragalus root (Huang Qi): 4 sticks ~15 cm
Dioscorea villosa (Chinese wild yam) root: 2 sticks ~ 5 cm
Lycium barbarum (Wolfberries/Goji berries): small handful
Add 4 L of water to a large pot bring to a boil and then simmer for 8 hours. Keep an eye on the water levels and add more water accordingly. Allow to cool for 1 hour and strain the liquid. You can drink this as a tea or add these ingredients to a bone broth for soups/stews etc.
I typically purchase my herbs at an herbal dispensary or an asian supermarket. Depending on where you buy them they may even have pre-made "Change of Season Soup" packages.