Essential Foods and Herbs

Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is very nutrient dense and is packed with a combination of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. It is also rich in Vitamin E. Sesame oil is a key ingredient during your postpartum recovery period due to its warming effect on your body. It also improves your overall health and well-being by improving your blood circulation.

Sesame oil is typically added as a flavoring agent in the final stages of cooking your meal.

 

Kabocha Squash

Kabocha squash is a Japanese winter squash that is particularly warming in temperature. All winter squashes are beneficial during the postpartum period because they effectively strengthen your yang energy. Kabocha squash is rich and creamy and filled with abundant beta-carotene that strengthens your overall digestive system and benefits your eyesight.

 

Dried Red Dates

Traditional Chinese Medicine indicates that dried red dates have the ability to fortify your yang energy and warm your entire body. Red dates strengthen your spleen and stomach and also replenishes your lost Qi from the demands of childbirth. Dried red dates nourish and help produce more blood and calms your mind. It is also renowned for its anti-aging and beauty enhancing effects so many Asian women consume dried red dates on a regular basis.

Dried Ginger

Dried ginger is especially warming and beneficial for your postpartum body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, dried ginger is considered one of the most powerful herbs to successfully rescue a devastated yang.  Ginger warms your channels and stops bleeding, especially excessive uterus bleeding. Ginger also detoxifies your body and gets rid of impurities. It is better to utilize dried ginger and not fresh ginger because dried ginger has more of a warming effect on your body.  

Dried Longan

Dried longan is sweet and warming in nature. It is plentiful in Vitamins B and C and is particularly beneficial in nourishing your blood and stimulating your blood circulation. It is especially good in preventing postpartum blood deficiency because it helps to build and tonify your blood. Longans also help you relax and can act as a sleep aid.

Black Beans

Black beans are rich in fiber and serve as an excellent source of protein. Black beans are beneficial for vegetarians who don’t consume meat but need to incorporate warming foods that are rich in protein during the postpartum period.

 

Codonopsis Pilosula (Dang Shen)

Dang Shen possesses sweet and neutral properties according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dang Shen has an affinity for your spleen and it improves your digestive system. It also assists with women dealing with blood deficiency.  The herb improves your health and well-being and prevents you from feeling fatigue by enhancing your energy levels. It also improves your immune system and nervous system.

 

Chinese Angelica Root (Dong Quai)

Dong Quai is religiously added to confinement food recipes to help cleanse and purify your blood, promote blood production, and stimulate blood circulation. It has been used for more than two thousand years as a tonic and medicine to supports your health. Dong Quai is known to help return your body to its optimal state by nourishing your blood and harmonizing your energy. It has commonly been referred to as the female ginseng. The name Dong Quai translates to "return to order," which is based on its reputation for its restorative properties.

 

Dried Goji Berries

Dried Goji Berries are very nutritious and in Traditional Chinese Medicine it has the ability to enrich your kidney and liver yin. Goji berries are very rich in Vitamin C. They are known to balance your body, strengthen your kidney energy, and possess anti-aging properties.  Goji berries have a similar taste as raisins but slightly tart. The berries can liberally be added to oatmeal, soup, and tea for additional nutritional benefits.

 

Black Pepper

Black pepper is typically added to a variety of postpartum recipes to expel the extra wind from your body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, black pepper has been utilized to assist with digestive disorders. Black pepper has a very warming effect on your body and assists with treating postpartum women dealing with a cold stomach, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. It also helps circulate liver Qi and increases circulation throughout your body. If you are feeling stressed or irritated, small amounts of black pepper can assist with circulating your liver Qi so you feel less stressed.

 

Meat

Protein is especially important during the postpartum period. Free range or organic chicken, black chicken, eggs, fish, beef, and pork are highly recommended. 

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