#18. Botanical Skin Care

Discover how a skin balm shifted the tides of war over 2000 years ago and what it can teach us about skin repair and rejuvenation.

Show notes:

:27 Story of silk washers

5:51 Moral of the story

6:35 History of research on Huang Qi (Astragalus) skin care

7:20 Pharmacology of Huang Qi (Astragalus)

11:44 Quality of botanical skincare

13:15 How to make Huang Qi (Astragalus) facial cream

14:29 When to use Huang Qi (Astragalus) cream


Here’s what to do: Just write a review for Botanical Biohacking on iTunes or Stitcher, take a screenshot of your review, and email it to BotanicalBiohacking@gmail.com. We’ll email you the recipe and you can DIY at home! What’s more, you’ll be entered to win a monthly gift – an herbal product we personally like (a bag of foot soak herbs for April 2017, a jar of Huang Qi Astragalus Cream for May 2017 and a bag of Enlighten Tea for June 2017). We’ll also pick one of the listeners to come with us to visit Sichuan, China later this year (2017) !


  1. Reply
    Adrian Castro April 26, 2017

    Great information! Thanks.

  2. Reply
    Hannah Fries May 12, 2017

    Hi! I’m an L.Ac. in practice in Los Angeles, and I’m a huge fan of Astragalus 🙂 I am SO excited to make this oil at home, but was hoping to get a more detailed/step-by-step recipe for it to ensure the best outcome. I’ve got all the ingredients ready to go (procured my Astragalus from Mountain Rose Herbs – can you attest to whether their source meets the standards you mapped out?), but there are a few details that weren’t clear. For instance – what are the measurements, and at what point are you removing the larger pieces from the liquid – before or after the alcohol is added? Would you be so kind as to write it out for me? I would be eternally grateful! Thank you!!

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    Gloria Else June 3, 2017

    I would love to try and make this cream for my son’s acne. Would you mind sharing the detailed recipe with me too please? 😉

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    Elke Langman June 3, 2017

    Hi I’m a registered acupuncturist in Australia and I make my own face creams for my patients. I would love to make this astragalus cream if you wouldn’t mind emailing me the recipe too. Thanks so much. Cheers Elke Langman. email: elke@elkelangman.com.au
    Website: http://www.elkelangman.com.au (I am putting it here because your site wouldn’t recognise my address)

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    Lindsay Williamson June 11, 2017

    Hello- I’m a big fan of the podcast! Thank you for the information. I am a student of acupuncture and herbal medicine in San Diego and would also love the more detailed recipe to try and decoct at home. Thank you!

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    Beth Anne Kucheran June 14, 2017

    Hi I love your poscasts! I’m a registered acupuncturist in northern Canada. I would love to this cream if you could please send me the recipe as well. Thank you kindly.

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    Diana June 20, 2017

    Hi! Can you send me the detailed recipe? Thanks!

  8. Reply
    Nozhat July 16, 2017

    Would you please send me the recipe? Thank you!

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    Mark July 18, 2017

    Hi I made the cream and mixed the syrup in with shea butter; but unfortunately it had gone mouldy within a week or so, did you use something as a preservative? Thanks.

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      botanicalbiohacking@gmail.com July 18, 2017

      hi mark, citric acid is quite often used as the preservative.

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    RJ Singer July 26, 2017

    I think you both are raising the standard of Herbal Medicine in our profession. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I would also love to get the recipe for the Huang Qi cream, so I can make it for myself and my patients.

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