Yin Nourishing Black Tahini Recipe


3 C black sesame seeds- roasted

2 C blond sesame seeds- roasted

1 ½ C olive oil

¼ tsp stevia or 1 tbsp maple syrup

½ tsp Himalayan salt


1. In a large pan roast all of the sesame seeds over medium-low heat, stirring continuously. Roast for about 10 minutes, or until the seeds start to smell fragrant. Turn off the heat immediately and remove the pan to a cool place.

2. Grind the seeds in a spice grinder or coffee grinder until you have a fragrant powder.

3. Once the black sesame powder has cooled place them in the bowl of your food processor along with the sea salt and oil. Grind until creamy; this should only take about a minute or so. Keep going until your tahini is thick yet pourable and smooth. Add more oil for pouring consistency.

4. Scrape into a glass jar and allow it to cool (it will be a bit warm from the processing) before putting on the cap and storing in the refrigerator.

5. Cool


Many woman lose blood every single month through menstruation and are more likely to become blood deficient. Those who no longer menstruate because of age, have a tendency to be more yin deficient than blood because of the fact that yin naturally depletes as we age. (In a more generalized sense, we become dryer and less moist)

Black sesame seeds are traditionally used within Chinese medicine to tonify the yin, support the kidney and liver, nourish blood, and stimulate bowel movements during constipation from lack of moisture due to yin deficiency. In addition, black colored foods are especially known to nourish the kidneys.

When someone is blood deficient they will eventually become yin deficient, as blood is the most yin substance in the body.

Yin is associated with moisture, fluids, blood, and is essentially the lubrication or oil one needs to run the machine that is their body smoothly. It supports joint health, and ensures all of the organs are properly nourished. Feelings of dissatisfaction or apathy are closely correlated with blood deficiency.

On the other hand, people who are yin deficient tend to be irritable, and experience hot flashes or night sweats. (Generally the symptoms of menopause; also because yin roots the yang. When the yin is deficient or inadequate, the yang will rise to the surface easily. Although yang is associated with many things, in this case, it is the heat and outward expression of anger coming to the surface.) This is known as deficiency heat in Chinese medicine or heat due to an internal deficiency rather than an excess of it. This is less than ideal in the aspect that one should conserve the yang to live long, have energy, and be able to keep oneself warm.

Thus, we can observe that by being deficient in the yin the yang also becomes compromised. This is one of the largest forms of energetic leakage. By nourishing yin and building blood we can ensure a healthier aging, and lessen common symptoms associated with these two deficiencies. We can protect the integrity of both the yin and yang by nourishing what is deficient and acknowledging their interdependent relationship with one another.

Although men are less noticeably affected by this they will still benefit from this delicious recipe so please do not discriminate by gender!

Enjoy my friends,


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