5. North American Ginseng (Xi Yang Shen)
This classic Chinese herb has long been used as a Qi tonic and is known to increase energy and vitality. It’s known help boost the immune system and can be used to prevent colds and flus. This North American version is less ‘hot’ than the Siberian version and has a nice balance of yin and yang energy, which makes it more suitable for longer-term consumption.
Taken in tea form, as a tincture or as an addition to soups or small addition to nourishing drinks or soups, this can be a great way to help keep energy up and prevent colds over the winter season.
6. Schizandra Berry (Wu Wei Zi)
Schizandra is a fantastic adaptogenic herb. It produces stimulation to all levels of the nervous system, balances brain function, helps to lower blood pressure, stimulates the respiratory system and protects the liver cells (you know that little organ that filters out toxins in our body!). It is known to help concentration, memory and your ability to stay alert without being overly stimulating (like you might find with caffeine stimulates). It has a beautiful mix of calming and stimulating at the same time. It also has an ability to boost our immune system and has a somewhat anti-aging effect. Uh, sign me up!
This herb can be found in Chinese herbal stores and is a great addition to a medicinal bone broth and consumed daily in that form as nourishing food tonic.
7. Chinese Red Date/Jujube Date
The red date has been used for centuries as a tonic to help build strength and increase energy. It’s also known to help cleanse the blood and help aid in healthy circulation and energy flow. This food herb is an important component in so many Chinese Medicine formulas.
Different than the sweet dates we often think of snacking on, this red date is great in tea form, added to broths our broth soups or you can blend into a smoothie or soak and cut up for baking. You can find this in some health food stores, online or dried in Asian food markets and herbal stores.