Qi Tonic Herbal Blend

Pre-Menstrual :: Inner Autumn Recipe

Qi Tonic Herbal Blend, Kris Gonzalez Acupuncture in Santa Barbara

Hydrated through foods

I've shared with a lot of my clients that it's not easy for me to stay hydrated with just plain water. I like a little flavor in my liquids. Squeeze of lemon or herbal tea is more my style. I normally make a daily brew of big batch herbal teas and then sip on them all day. I feel out my energy that morning and ask myself what I need and then always cross reference that to where I am in my cycle. Sometimes, I'll make a blend of nettles, raspberry leaf, chamomile and rose petals. Other days I'll add in american ginseng slices or switch out the rose petals for hibiscus. Right before my period comes, in my premenstrual phase, energy slight dips. In order to sustain the qi necessary for this phase, I'll incorporate a qi tonic brew. 

Here's what you'll need: 

1. Place all herbs in a large pot with 8 cups of water
2. Bring to a boil and then immediately turn down to a light boil to a simmer. Cover with the lid slightly ajar and cook for 20-30 minutes
3. Strain the tonic into a 2 quart glass jar, cool and then store in the fridge 

Here are several ways you can enjoy this tonic:
1. Warm up portions and sip as an herbal tea
2. Use 2 cups in place of water in soups; it has a mild to moderate flavor
3. My favorite! Use 2 cups in place of water in your morning oatmeal. To boost qi during your pre-menstrual phase, add in fruits such as raisins, apples, dates and pears. You can even add in some more gojis. Enjoy!

Kristin Gonzalez offers Acupuncture in Santa Barbara