Recipe: He Shou Wu and Black Sesame Latte

He Shou Wu and Black Sesame Seeds are two potent blood and yin tonics in Chinese Medicine.

Sesame contains magnesium, calcium, copper and zinc. He Shou Wu also contains zinc and iron. Consuming these trace minerals helps boost immune system, prevent bone density loss and reduces inflammation. In addition, both of these items can help promote melanocyte activity to produce melanin, the pigment responsible for hair and skin color.

Since summer time is considered a ‘yang’ time of year, its extra important to support your yin. Too much yang energy, heat, activity, spicy foods can deplete our yin. When people are yin deficient, this shows up as dryness in the hair and skin, insomnia, night sweats, anxiety, tinnitus, dry mouth and flushing. Supporting your yin now will present as a better transition into fall and winter.
1. 1 cup black Sesame seeds, soaked overnight and drained.
2. 3-4 cups water
3. 4-5 soft dates, pitted
4. Honey to taste

1. Place Sesame seeds in blender with water, dates and honey. Purée until smooth. Strain in a cheesecloth or nut milk bag.
2. With 12 ounces of the milk, blend with 1 tsp @rootandbones He Shou Wu, 1/4 tsp clove powder, splash of coconut cream, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract.
3. Fill a glass with ice and pour over. Cheers!🖤

Alyssa is an acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist with a new company specializing in extract powders of potent adaptogens. She loves helping her patients reach their optimum vibrance and vitality through the use of herbs, acupuncture and food. 
Driven by a desire to show just how easy, tasty and beneficial healthy desserts can be, Alyssa is spending hours in the kitchen playing around with the beautiful ingredients that nature gives us. Adding potent and powerful ingredients to clean dessert means you can have your cake, eat it, and reap the benefits!
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