Chinese Herb Soup

Herbal soup in Chinese culture is one of the most beloved dishes! It’s a cure-all for illness, for imbalance in the body, mind or soul and for boosting immune system function and overall health. Herb soup is especially enjoyed in winter months, but it can be made and loved during any season.

Herbal Soups

Herbal soups are loaded with flowers and plants that boast naturally dense nutrient levels. Whether your Chinese aunt is making soup for you when you’re sick or you and your pals want to enjoy a batch of immune-boosting broth together, the benefits are certain to have a positive impact one everyone.

Benefits of Chinese Herbal Soup:

  • Load up on nutrients 
  • Fight adrenal fatigue 
  • Boost energy 
  • Improve digestion 
  • Strengthen energy 
  • Reduce stress 
  • Satisfy appetite
  • Balance yin and yan

When to Eat Chinese Soup

  • Feeling sick
  • Feeling tired
  • Winter seasons
  • In need of an immune boost

Chinese Soup Ingredient List

The ingredient list for Chinese herbal soup is loaded with the most nutritious Chinese plants, flowers, and herbs. You do not have to use all the ingredients listed, but you’re welcome to!

  • Ginger
  • Goji Berries
  • Wolfberries
  • Soloman’s Seal
  • Dried Scallops
  • Red Dates
  • Honey Dates
  • Dried Lily Bulbs
  • Dried Fig
  • Angelica Sinensis
  • Fox Nut
  • Codonopsis Root
  • Astragalus Root
  • Chinese wild yam
  • Dried Longan
  • Overlord Flower

How to Make a Nutritious Herbal Soup

Making the soup is easy. You soak the most potent herbs for about thirty minutes, then add ginger-infused water and bring to a boil. Let it all simmer for about 35 minutes. Depending on your herbs of choice for the soup, a few you’ll want to wait to add until last are: 

  • Goji berries
  • Honey dates
  • Red dates

Ready to dive into the benefits of all of these life-changing herbs? Let’s get to it.

Chinese Cooking Herbs

Below is a list of each of the berries used in herb soup. Enjoy reading about all the nutritious benefits of Chinese soup.

  • Goji Berries
  • Wolfberries
  • Soloman’s Seal
  • Dried Scallops
  • Red Dates
  • Honey Dates
  • Dried Lily Bulbs
  • Dried Fig
  • Angelica Sinensis
  • Fox Nut
  • Codonopsis Root
  • Astragalus Root
  • Chinese wild yam
  • Dried Longan
  • Overlord Flower

Chinese Cooking Herbs

Wolfberries

Wolfberries are native to Asia and come from the Lycium barbarum L. fruit. Wolfberries are dried from this ripe fruit. Goji berries are one of the herbs to add last when making soup.

These herbs are known to:

  • Enhance vision
  • Nourish liver
  • Boost kidney function

Soloman’s Seal

These herbs come from the Lily family, get dried up after harvest and sliced like dried mango.

These Herbs Are Known To:

  • Cool the system
  • Nourish the lung 
  • Nourish the stomach

Dried Scallops

Dried scallops are a delicious and dense source of nutrients. Once dried in the sun, scallops are mildly flavored and full of nourishing qualities. 

These Herbs Are Known To:

  • Offer a rich source of protein
  • Nourish stomach 
  • Soothe dry throat
  • Nourish kidneys
  • Provide carbohydrate
  • Good source of riboflavin
  • Deliver phosphorus
  • Good source of calm and iron
  • Relieve dizziness

Red Dates

As fresh dates dry, they become sweet, wrinkled and chewy.

These Herbs Are Known To:

  • Calm nervous system
  • Enhance cell regeneration
  • Nourish lungs
  • Protect the liver

Honey Dates

Honey dates are red dates that have been preserved with sugar. 

These Herbs Are Known To:

  • Boost immune system
  • Clean spleen 

Dried Lily Bulbs

This root veggie is starchy and deliciously edible. Lily bulbs are used in both stir-fry and herbal broth.

These Herbs Are Known To:

  • Soothe dry throat
  • Prevent cough
  • Lessen irritability

Dried Fig

This fruit is dehydrated to be soft and sweet. Unless the fig is opened, the flower fruit inside goes unseen.

These Herbs Are Known To:

  • Nourish lungs
  • Invigorate spleen
  • Improve eyesight
  • Relieve cough
  • Provide vitamin K
  • Cleanse the intestine
  • Good source of copper
  • A good source of manganese
  • Delivers calcium and potassium

Angelica Sinensis

This autumn harvest herb is fleshy, sliced and known to provide many benefits to women’s health.

These Herbs Are Known To:

  • Replenish blood
  • Slow the aging process
  • Improve menstruation consistency
  • Reduce hemorrhages
  • Relieve menstrual colic
  • Relieve colds
  • Boost overall health

Fox Nut

This starchy seed comes from the Salisb plant.

These Herbs Are Known To:

  • Improve men’s health
  • Tone spleen
  • Tone kidneys

Codonopsis Root

Codonopsis comes directly from China. It is sun-dried or machine dried in the Autumn and then cut into small pieces. Codonopsis is often used as a substitute for ginseng.

These Herbs Are Known To:

  • Reduce adrenal fatigue
  • Acid indigestion
  • Improve energy
  • Relieve stress
  • Improve anti-aging

Astragalus Root

The astragalus root can only be harvested after four or five seasons of growing to maturity. It is one of the finest herbs and offers a number of health benefits.

These Herbs Are Known To:

  • Improve immune resistance
  • Improve kidney function
  • Provide diuretic, tonic and pectoral benefits

Astragalus Root

Chinese Wild Yam

The wild yam is one of the most famous Chinese herbs and used in many soups, salads, and stir-fries.

These Herbs Are Known To:

  • Nourish lungs
  • Nourish kidneys
  • Nourish spleen
  • Boost energy
  • Reduce fatigue

Dried Longan

The fruit comes from the Longan tree and is sweet and juicy, much like it’s family fruit the lychee. 

These Herbs Are Known To:

  • Enhance sleep
  • Replenish blood
  • Offer anti-aging effects

Overlord Flower

The overlord flower helps cool the body and is often used in soups.

These Herbs Are Known To:

Reduce and eliminate phlegm

  • Balance body temperature
  • Good source of fiber
  • Good source of protein
  • Good source of calcium
  • Provide amino acids

Herbal Soup Master Insights

Do you make herbal soup at home? Let us know your tips in the comments!

Zhen Wei Fang

Come into Zhen Wei Fang for authentic herbal soup. Enjoy our Brooklyn bistro for a night out with friends, family or just you and your special someone. We look forward to seeing you in the restaurant soon, and hope you’ll give making herbal soup a go at home sometime, too!