After Party Digestive Tea

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Tashi Dalek! The Lunar New Year is upon us and I love to celebrate the cyclical shift from one year to another! On Monday’s New Moon we left the year of the Yang Earth Dog and welcomed in the Yin Earth Pig. I hope this year’s energy is a little less aggressive wounded dog and more congenial lucky pig. May our collective focus turn more towards generosity and companionship and farther away from personal motives of money and power. 

My birthday was also on Monday and along with honoring the next lunar cycle, I also celebrated my next revolution around the sun! A perfect yin yang balance! I threw an all day Drinky and Smoky Tea Party where we drank loads of Tea (Camellia sinensis), ate pastries, and smoked fatties. In typical Jessica fashion I took photos of me preparing the goodies, but forgot to get images of the final creations! I also had so much fun during the party I only had one series of pictures taken of some girlfriends and myself. Next time I’ll remember to take more photos! 

I will admit I went to bed with a bellyache Monday night. I ate way too many sugary treats, drank too much caffeine, and then had cheesy calzones late in the evening. It was a deliciously indulgent day and I felt the aftermath. As a Chinese medicine practitioner I embrace their theories on food stagnation (bloating, gas, and fatigue due to eating heavy, rich foods) and know that eating like this can wreak havoc on my digestion. That’s when I remember the wonders of Hawthorn (Crataegus pinnatifida).

If you’ve been overdoing it like me, then you need one of my favorite Hawthorn Berry recipes. Perfect for sluggish digestion after too much fun! This tea is tasty and works wonders to help digest fats and heavy foods. I recommend drinking small 2 ounce cups throughout the day if you tend to overeat. I should have been drinking this tea during my party and I wouldn’t need it so badly now!

Swollen Belly Decoction (aka Belchy and Burpy Tea)

3 tbsps dried Hawthorn berries (Crataegus pinnatifida)

3 strips dried Tangerine peel (Citrus reticulata)

3 cups of water

Simmer berries and peels in water for 20 minutes. Strain out herbs and set aside. Drink 2 ounces of the decoction throughout the day or 1/2 cup after a heavy meal. 

To learn more about Tea and Hawthorn, check out my book Plant Songs: Reflections on Herbal Medicine! It’s available on Amazon, Balboa Press and other online outlets.

You can also check out this episode The Herb Walk Podcast where I read from the Hawthorn chapter!

With love,

Jessica

when energy flows, wellness grows 

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Happy New Year of the Yin Fire Hen!

For many, 2016, the  year of the Yang Fire Monkey was a little too disruptive. Too many unexpected events, deaths, and political outcomes left us mentally and emotionally exhausted. The mischievous Monkey is finally behind us and we’ve moved into the more trustworthy Yin Fire Hen.

Being a Fire year, there is still a potential for a fanning of the flames, but the Hen is more

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loyal and courageous. With Hen dominating the show, we are sure to see more civil unrest and uprising as patriarchal ideals of sexism, racism and bigotry continue to be challenged. Change may move slower than some of us want, but the Yin nature of the year will help deter burnout, which can occur when our Fire rages out of control. The Yin Hen reminds us to nest, reserve our energy so we can be there for ourselves, our family, and our community when the time comes.

With the rights and equality of women being recognized once again, I am seeing the patriarchy that has molded and shaped our cultures and how it is ingrained in every aspect of our lives. I have purposely used the female Hen instead of the male Rooster. Yin is attributed to the female, so I am honoring matriarchy and every one that identifies with the female energy and dedicating this year to us!

May the reality we create be of benefit to all. May our passion be fueled into love and compassion action.

With love,

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Jessica