Herbal Trail Mix
This herbal trail mix is made with herbs that benefit the Qi and Blood as well as support the Heart and Lungs – perfect for sustaining energy and satisfying hunger while out on adventures!
Dried Mulberries: Mulberries are a Blood and Yin tonic. They help to moisten the intestines.
Goji berries: Goji berries tonify Liver and Kidney Yin. They brighten the eyes and moisten the Lungs.
Long Yan Rou: This herb nourishes the Blood, calms the Spirit and alleviates fatigue (especially mental fatigue).
Hong Da Zao: A Spleen tonic that also tonifies the Blood and calms the Spirit.
Dang Shen: This is a Spleen Qi tonic – it helps to build digestive energy and can be used as a more affordable Panax Ginseng substitute. It has been called “Poor Man’s Ginseng” for that reason.
Dang Gui: Dang Gui is a Blood tonic. It’s name means “State of Return”, indicating how useful it is in regulating women’s menstrual disorders.
Shu Di Huang: This root is typically steam-processed with wine or black beans. It is blood and Yin building, therefore it is very moistening. It also is called “Food of the Kidneys” because of its tonifying effect on the kidneys.
Tian Men Dong: This herb is moistening and nourishes Lung and Kidney Yin. It also can help expectorate Phlegm.
Shan Zha: Also known as Hawthorn berry, this herb helps alleviate Food Stagnation and improve digestion. It also works on the cardiovascular system by invigorating Blood and breaking Blood Stagnation.
Tao Ren: Also known as Peach Kernel, this herb invigorates Blood and removes Blood Stagnation. It also moistens the Intestines.
Xing Ren: Also known as Apricot seeds, this herb stops cough and wheezing as well as lubricates the Intestines to aid in constipation.
Walnuts: A good source of plant-based omega-3’s. Walnut’s are shaped like brains- omega-3’s are essential for proper brain and cellular health.
Pine Nuts: Pine nuts are highly nutritious. They are a great source of iron, monounsaturated fat, vitamin A, vitamin E, magnesium, and the antioxidant lutein which is helpful for eye health.
Mai Men Dong: This herb lubricates and nourishes the Stomach, nourishes the Heart and soothes the Lungs.
Shan Zhu Yu: Known as Cornus fruit, this herb is sour and tonifying to the Liver and Kidneys. It is also astringent which can help with urination issues.
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