Goji Berries (Lycium barbarum - GOU GI ZI)
Goji Berries are a well-respected tonic herb used as part of the centuries-old tradition of Chinese Herbal Medicine (TCM). It is native to China and other parts of southeast Asia. Lycium barbarum is a spiny shrub, not a vine despite one of its common names being Matrimony Vine. The ten-foot long, arching branches are, however, reminiscent of a vine. The pale rose-colored flowers develop into red, pointed fruits or berries.
Botanical Name: Lycium barbarum
Other Names: Lycii, GOU GI ZI, Chinese Wolfberry, Chinese Boxthorn, Matrimony Vine
Taste: Tart, Sweet
Energy: Slightly Warm
Part Used: Fruit, Berries
Make a tincture: Tinctures are also called extracts. This same process is used to make real vanilla extract. Alcohol tinctures are the most common type and the easiest to make.
Ratio: (1:4) 60-90 drops up to four times a day
Detailed instructions for making a tincture can be found HERE!
Decoction: Add 2 tsp dried fruit to 12 oz. water, decoct 15-20 minutes, steep 40-50 minutes. Drink up to three cups per day.
As Food: Eat up to one ounce per day.
- Keep out of reach of children.
Always consult your health care professional before using any herbal supplement.