This is based off of a popular herbal beverage in China called gui zhi tang. This is much more than an herbal “tea” it is a hearty nourishing healing drink that helps to “release the exterior” In other word it helps to increase your resistance to colds/flues when your defenses are down (wei qi). And it helps build up your nutritive state inside your body (ying qi) And if taken at the first stages of a wind cold or flu you will have a good chance of fighting off the invading pathogens. Both cinnamon and ginger increase sweating which is “releasing to the exterior” and pushes out the pathogens from the muscle layer to the outside of the body.
Chinese hot chocolate
3 cups water
3 cups coconut milk
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoon cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
4 red dates (must be red-you can get from an asian market)
2″ piece of fresh ginger sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
Optional: to make the original gui zhi tang add these herbs: white peony and licorice root
*Bring to a boil, then let simmer for about 30-45 minutes.
* Strain and serve. Serves 3-4 people