Jujubes are not just sugary, chewy candy that sticks to your teeth. This naturally sweet fruit, which tastes like an apple, was cultivated in Asia, is typically reddish in color, and can be eaten fresh or dried. The dried version are sometimes called Chinese dates and can be used as an herbal remedy or health tonic.
Jujubes contain minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. They are also high in vitamin C and are great for the skin. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (#TCM), jujubes are warming and used for healing the stomach and spleen qi (life force). It is a great blood builder and aids in blood flow. This is a lovely ingredient to add to your diet, for women it’s especially wonderful towards the end of the big P (if you are lucky enough to have one). Also good to help you cultivate a calm mind and good sleep (aka buh-bye insomnia). I make jujube tea on the regular for a number of reasons. I really like my sleep, I really like having clear skin and my spleen yin qi is deficient, so I need some warming foods.
5 or 6 jujubes
2 tbsp goji berries
1 “thumb size” piece of ginger, sliced thinly lengthwise
Place in a pot, add 2 cups water, bring to a boil, simmer for 20 minutes.
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