The answer is Change of Season soup.

Living in Canada, the weather is always dramatic. Cold and snowy one day, sunny and warm the next. When there’s a drastic change in temperature, we are more susceptible to catching a cold. You’ll start to notice more people in your office are calling in sick. Or the many people coughing and sneezing on public transit.

To prevent you from catching a cold, Change of Season soup can do the trick. The herbs help to stimulate the immune system while warming and nourishing the body. They can be found at Chinese herbal medicine stores, Chinese grocery stores (it might be at T&T), or online at Herbie’s Herbs.

My mom is from Hong Kong, and therefore I grew up with lots of Asian Medicine remedies. We made this soup many times throughout my childhood. We never knew it had a name, until I did my naturopathic training.

Change of Season Soup contains 4 herbs:

  1. Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
  2. Codonopsis (Codonopsis pilosula)
  3. Chinese Yam (Dioscorea oppositae)
  4. Goji Berries (Lycium barbarum)

To make the soup:

  1. Using equal parts of the 4 herbs, rinse them and then add to a large soup pot.
  2. Add about 2-3 L of filtered water to the soup pot.
  3. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 1-2 hours. The soup will become a clear reddish brown colour.
  4. Strain out the herbs.
  5. Drink 1 cup of soup, and let it cool before storing in the fridge. Reheat a cup of soup when you drink it on later days.

The soup has a dull sweetness to it. If you’ve tried other Chinese Medicine herbal decoctions, this not the same. It’s so much better.

I’ve used this recipe in an Instant Pot before using the “Soup/Broth” setting. I didn’t have to remember I was watching a stove top.

To further support your immune system, book in today to see how I can help you get healthy so you don’t have to miss out on a day of work or a special event.


Please note: Change of Season soup is the prevent colds and not to be taken while you are sick. Any herbal medicines should be taken in caution due to possible allergies. Please consult a naturopathic doctor if you have any concerns about the herbs and if it’s right for you.

*I do not have affiliations with any of the companies mentioned.

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