It is very important for our health to keep our bodies warm during the cold season. To avoid illness during winter, try cooking with herbs that help warm up your body. To find out what kinds of herbs are recommended, we consulted Dr. Yuko Nozaki of iDo Holistic Center.
One of the most common herbs used in everyday cooking is ginger, and it is really good for warming your body. However, according to Dr. Nozaki, you need to be aware of the different effects depending on the usage. “When ginger is used raw, it instantly warms your body and releases sweat, and then body heat goes down abruptly. So in this sense, raw ginger is great for the early stage of a cold. On the other hand, dry ginger can work on the body gradually and warm it from the inside, so it’s perfect for chilliness stemming from poor blood circulation,” she says.
Another common ingredient that can make blood circulation better and warm you up is black sesame. “In Eastern medicine, black sesame is considered great for boosting your energy. You can sprinkle it over your dish, but you can enjoy more of the benefits of black sesame if you use black sesame paste.”She also recommends goji berries when your body is weary and weak.
Dr. Nozaki also says that the holy trinity of the cooking herbs that warm you to the core are ginseng, jujubes and dong quai, which are ingredients for the Korean soup dish, sam gye tang. These herbs are available in Chinese herb stores, but if you find it hard to get them by yourself, just savor the soup at Korean restaurants!
Dried ginger, goji berries, and black sesame are easy to get and great winter energy booster agents.
Containing ginseng, jujubes and dong quai, Korean chicken soup, sam gye tang, makes you warm up.
Yuko Nozaki, D.A.O.M., L.A.c, Dipl.C.H., Dipl.Ac.
Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Certified Chinese herbal medicine practitioner, acupuncturist and massage therapist. She founded iDo Holistic Center in 2001, and has treated allergies, lifestyle diseases and women’s diseases.
iDo Holistic Center 22 E. 49th St., 3rd Fl., NYC
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