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2020 Wild Harvested Self-Heal Spike / Prunella Vulgaris (50g)

2020 Wild Harvested Self-Heal Spike / Prunella Vulgaris (50g)

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9th September, 2020

These self-heal spikes were wild-harvested in Shaanxi Province this summer. Since these are grown without fertilizer, these are smaller than the plantation kind. Self-heal spike, or prunella vulgaris, has a long history of use in traditional medicine, including by Native American tribes. Down here in Hong Kong, this is a common herbal tea that is sold chilled in PET bottles or served by herbal tea shops all over the city, and I've been consuming this herbal tea in bottled form for much of my life. More recently, this plant has been consumed as an ergogenic in the US by athletes and bodybuilders, and is even included as an ingredient in some bodybuilding supplements.

You can read more about this species here.

I flash rinse these with boiling water before a vigorous boil, and then lightly sweeten with sugar. Liquorice or luohanguo (monkfruit) can be added if desired. This makes a tasty, calming and cooling beverage that is often consumed chilled in summer for its effects on yeet hei and overall cooling. A few grams is enough for a single serving, and you can use less or more of these buds (or water) to taste.

You can read about its indications for Traditional Chinese Medicine here (also check out the difference in quality between their material and what you see here) below:

As with anything you consume, please do you due diligence and check for any potential interactions with your own health situation, as well as any other supplements or prescription medications you may use. While this is considered a very innocuous herb and is widely sold here, it's always best to err on the side of caution!

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