White Crystal Gem, named for selenite, contains strongly anti-inflammatory herb Anemarrhena and the antibiotic cold/flu combination honeysuckle and chrysanthemum flower. Chinese yam dioscorea, is rejuvenating. Smilax is used as a cooling, liver-cleansing diuretic. Cooling, detoxifying herbs can become weakening and harm circulation or cause side-effect especially if someone is already sick. To prevent such problems, herbs are added to this formula to enhance circulation. They include frankincense often used to dissolve lumps or cysts and fritillary bulb an expectorate so that the herbs may dissolve thick lung congestion.
The energy dynamic of this formula is in three parts. Anti-fever herbs cool inflammation that may lead to yellow, thick phlegm, shortness of breath and cough. Tangerine peel and kombu support digestion so that the top third of the body is cooler and the middle third has adequate warming, digestive energy. Finally detoxifying, laxative rhubarb and achyranthes facilitate deeper breathing by “descending our energy.” In other words the action of the detoxifying herbs are guided to the lower lungs and gut with laxative herbs. We cannot inhale deeply if our breath is stuck in the chest or abdomen. The genius of Chinese herbal formulas is that they may correct an imbalance, such as fever, and move “stuck qi” or “stuck blood” so that our vital forces flowing through our blood, muscles and organs are free to move where needed.
Gypsum (selenite crystal), anemarrhena rhizome, Chinese yam, ginseng root, smilax glabra rhizome, rhubarb, fritillary bulb, common achyranthe, sappan wood, frankincense, tangerine pith, radish seed, vegetable sponge of luffa, tangerine peels, kombu, honeysuckle flower, chrysanthemum flower.
People who are unfamiliar with Chinese herbs may find their smell to be strong and taste at times bitter. We suggest that you become acquainted with them gradually. Empty the package of herbs into – quarts of water and simmer them for 30 minutes. A non-metal pot works best. If you have it use a ceramic coated or glass pot. The same herbs may be used again, the second cooking can be as long as 1 hour. Inhale the steam to help clear sinus congestion and head and throat discomforts. Allow the mixture to cool until it is comfortably warm. For fever, drink a small tea cup every two hours or as needed. If necessary you might add a little fresh lemon juice or raw honey to improve the flavor. Cold/flu teas and herbs are best used between meals so that they do not interfere with digestion.
If diarrhea occurs after using detoxifying herbs, reduce the dosage. If weakness occurs after several day’s use, baring allergy, you might use a tonic herb such as reishi mushroom. Please see Fatigue Fighter in this selection of Herbal Rescue teas.