Goodbye to the wily, tricky, horrible year of the Rat 2020. Chinese New Year is February 12, 2021 which welcomes the warm, comforting, dependable Year of the Ox. Oxen have been family friends in a traditional agrarian world providing food and clothing. Year 2021 promises to be cozy, homey and a lot more healthy.

Chinese zodiac animals have lucky meanings

Chinese popular belief associates each animal sign with certain characteristics. It’s believed that people born in a given year have the personality of that year’s animal. People born in the Year of the Ox are said to be strong, reliable, fair and conscientious, inspiring confidence in others. They are calm, patient, methodical and can be trusted. That inspires hope for world health and peace. Although they may say little they can be very opinionated. They expect others to abide by their high principles and benevolent morality. Oxen are strong, true friends. This year will be a Metal Ox year. The recent zodiac years of Ox sign are: 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033…An Ox year occurs every 12 years.

Cozy, Homey, Friendly

How to enjoy the Year of the Ox? Staying home with immediate family and wearing a mask outside until most of the world has been treated with a vaccine or with Chinese herbs for Covid 19 now Covid 20/21, gives us a chance to cultivate our deeper resources of health and happiness.

Herbs for Fever, Flu and Covid:

Chinese herbs used to curb fever, colds/flu sore throat include:  Lian Hua Qing Wen Capsule /Cold Capsule    and   Fever Fighter / Lian Hua Qing Wen Tea.

Teas

Teas has always been a source of daily health and pleasure. Take the opportunity to try new tea flavors to boost energy, immunity and enthusiasm. Here are Eight Ways to Enjoy Chinese Teas:

Mushrooms

Protect your lungs and immunity with the famous Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucid.)  You might slow cook a handful of sliced mushroom in your Rice cooler/Slow cooker for 8 – 10 hours on low heat to make a water extract. Here are tasty ways to protect breathing which support energy and mood. https://www.academyhealingnutrition.com/protect-your-lungs/

Collagen

Will 2021 be the year that you improve your skin, joints, and bones? Collagen holds our body together: Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It is the major component of connective tissues that make up tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles. Collagen has many important functions, including providing skin with structure and strengthening our bones. The Chinese have long valued sources of collagen as soup ingredients: Birds Nest, Sea Cucumber, Fish Maw and Tremella Mushroom. Here are recipes: https://www.academyhealingnutrition.com/collagen-vs-gelatin-5-foods/

Rice Cooker/Slow Cooker

Invest in a useful kitchen appliance that will serve you for many years: A Rice Cooker. For example, Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker...The Umami® Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer comes with Zojirushi’s exclusive Umami setting that soaks and steams the rice longer for enhanced flavor. It also has a Slow Cook function that allows the rice cooker to work like a slow cooker.
● Versatile slow cook function cooks soups, herbal and mushroom extracts and other menus
● Automatic keep warm, extended keep warm and reheating cycle
● Menu settings include: white, umami, mixed, sushi, porridge, sweet, brown, GABA brown, rinse-free, quick cooking and slow cooking.

Stay Safe, Healthy and Happy in the Year of the gentle Ox!