Our cacao and cinnamon winter warming brew is infused with Chinese medicine to make a delightful and healthful beverage for those cold winter mornings ahead. Chinese medicine often incorporates the use of herbs and spices to promote balance and well-being. So, here is our recipe that combines the flavours of cacao and cinnamon with traditional Chinese medicinal ingredients.


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder or chopped and gently melted raw cacao
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon dried astragalus root (Huang Qi – you can find this at your Chinese herbalist or Chinese Food Store)
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger slices
  • 1 teaspoon dried goji berries (Gou Qi Zi)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional, for sweetness)


  1. In a saucepan, bring the water to a gentle boil.
  2. Add the cinnamon stick, astragalus root, ginger slices, and goji berries to the boiling water.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 15 minutes to allow the flavours and medicine to infuse.
  4. After 15 minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat.
  5. Add the raw cacao powder directly in to the mixture or slowly add the infused water to the melted raw cacao, and stir until well combined.
  6. Let the brew sit for a few minutes to allow the cacao to dissolve and the flavours to meld.
  7. If desired, add honey to sweeten the brew. Adjust the sweetness to your preference.
  8. Strain the liquid to remove the herbs and spices.
  9. Serve the cacao and cinnamon brew warm in your favourite mug.

This warming brew combines the rich flavours of cacao and cinnamon with the beneficial properties of Chinese medicinal herbs. Cacao is known to contain antioxidants and may promote a sense of well-being. Cinnamon is often used in Chinese medicine for its warming properties and potential benefits for circulation. Astragalus root is believed to support immune health, while ginger is known for its warming and digestive properties. Goji berries are packed with nutrients and are considered an adaptogen, which means they may help the body adapt to stress.

Remember that if you have any specific health concerns or are taking medications, it’s always a good idea to consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner, especially when incorporating herbal remedies or Chinese medicinal ingredients into your diet.


Leigh Moir - Master of Reproductive Medicine<br /> Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture)<br /> Master of Infertility (Note: this is a self appointed qualification that Leigh feels only those that have travelled the path of infertility for a number of years can truly master ~ If you know, you know…)<br /> Qualified Esoteric Acupuncturist<br /> Qualified Fertile Life TM Practitioner<br /> Qualified Practitioner of NLP<br /> Qualified Hypnotist<br /> Level III Qi-Fit Qigong Instructor<br /> Member of The Institute of Functional Medicine (currently completing certification)<br /> Diploma of Paramedical Science<br /> Co-Founder of Shamanic Heart Medicine
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