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Change-of-Season Tea and Super Soup

Change-of-Season Tea Recipe


  • ¼ cup dried astragalus root (≈ 4 sticks)
  • ¼ cup dried dioscorea (wild yam) root (≈ 3–4 sticks)
  • ¼ cup dried codonopsis root (≈ 3 sticks)
  • ¼ cup dried goji berries (≈ 3–4 tbsp.)
  • 2–4 L water


Bring to a boil and simmer for about 1–2 hours. Remove roots and store in glass jar in fridge. Can be reheated as needed.

Drink 1 cup per day during the change of season (e.g., 1–2 weeks on either side of the equinox).

Drink as a tea or use as a base for soups and stews.

Change-of-Season Super Soup

Follow the above recipe. Optional add-ins to simmer with root herbs:

  • Onions, peeled and halved
  • Garlic, peeled and halved
  • Mushrooms (cremini or portobello from the grocery store, or a few pieces of New Roots Herbal’s dried Chaga
  • or Reishi)
  • Celery stalks
  • Carrots


Throw everything in a large pot, with the dried roots and mushrooms. Add water, bring to a boil, and simmer 2 hours. Alternatively, you can thinly slice and sauté onions, garlic, carrots, fresh mushrooms, etc. You might need more water depending on how much you throw in.

Once cooled, strain broth or just remove the tough roots (astragalus, cordyceps, and dioscorea), and store in glass Mason jars in the fridge.

Warm up a cup a day, and add ½ tsp. of your favourite mushroom powder.

Krista Mackay, BSc, ND

Krista practices both in Montreal, Quebec, and Montevideo, Uruguay. A busy mom of two boys, she focuses on naturopathic general/family medicine, helping to find a reasonable balance to optimal wellbeing
and stress management, including nutrition, herbal medicine, and mind-body work.