Spring Recipes

Itchy Skin Recipes

April 1, 2023

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Papaya peanut chicken soup

Blooming flowers, green leafy trees, warmer weather, feelings of renewal and growth, and possibly...... dry, itchy, lackluster skin. The effects of cold and windy winter months followed by drier springtime weather can make our skin more vulnerable to peeling, itching and dryness. These 2 recipes will help battle dryness with delicious herb-infused food!

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Chinese Herb Egg Dyeing

March 30, 2023

Dana Yates

Photo of colorful eggs dyed with chinese herbs

We tested 11 Plum Flower Chinese herbs to see if they could produce rich colors for egg dyeing. Check out our short video for results!

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Dragon Boats, Dumplings and a Patriotic Poet

June 25, 2020


Chinese DumplingZongzi are a traditional food during the Dragon Boat Festival. The story behind these dumplings started over a thousand years ago during the Warring States period, when there were seven kingdoms in China who were constantly battling for dominance.

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Chinese Herb-Dyed Easter Eggs

March 14, 2018


Eggs dyed with traditional Chinese herbs

Many Chinese herbs come from plants traditionally used for their brilliant dyes. We wondered if they could be used to color Easter eggs because that's the kind of herb nerds we are at Mayway. See what happened...

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Spring Recipe: Bitter Melon and Fried Eggs

March 5, 2018


bitter melon and eggsBitter melon stir fried with eggs is a very simple, common Chinese therapeutic food dish. In terms of its TCM functions, Ku Gua/Mormodica charantia/bitter melon clears heat, brightens the eyes, detoxifies, and alleviates thirst. Eggs, always a symbol of spring's rebirth, are a superb source of complete and easily-digestible protein, essential fatty acids and a large array of nutrients. Combined with bitter melon's ability to clear heat and heat-toxins, the eggs' ability to nourish Yin and Blood creates a dynamic clearing/nourishing combination.

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Spring Recipe: Tonifying Stir-fry with Astragalus Rice

May 14, 2017

Prepare your body for spring with this delicious herb meal! Pungent and sweet flavors nourish the body, invigorate the Liver, and increase the flow of Qi and Blood needed to fuel Spring’s expansive and vigorous Yang growth. Spring is the season of wind. 

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Pork or Chicken Ginger Scallion Recipe

April 6, 2017

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

Chicken and green beans

Prepare your body for spring with this delicious herb meal! Pungent and sweet flavors nourish the body, invigorate the Liver, and increase the flow of Qi and Blood needed to fuel Spring's expansive and vigorous Yang growth. This tasty meal provides nourishment for those who are overworked and run down, for recovery from illness, or simply for maintaining good health.

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Cinnamon, Walnuts & Gou Qi Zi Bread

April 12, 2016

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

Try this delicious new twist on an old breakfast favorite! We’ve substituted Gou Qi Zi (goji berries) for raisins and added walnuts to a traditional cinnamon bread. According to Chinese medicine, Rou Gui/Cinnamon bark warms and tonifies Kidney, Heart and Spleen Yang, warms and unblocks the channels and vessels, and encourages the generation of Qi and Blood. 

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Pork Soup with Shan Yao, Bai He & Gou Qi Zi

March 5, 2015

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

This delicious, light and simple pork and herb soup is an excellent recipe to prepare the body for spring. Spring is the season of wood and its associated organ the Liver. It is the season of activity after the long dormancy of winter, so it is time to nourish the body and increase the movement of Qi. The primary taste for spring is sweet to tonify Qi and Blood, regulate the Spleen and Stomach, and benefit and harmonize the Yin organs.

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