This unique and absolutely
delicious herbal food is both a powerful anti-aging tonic and a wonderful
snack. Hermit’s Mixä provides all three
treasures, Jing, Qi and Shen. It is an amazingly
satisfying herbal food and trail mix. Goji is widely believed in the Orient to
be a major anti-aging herb. Longan is an excellent blood tonic. The Goji and
Longan fruits mix perfectly and delectably with the walnuts and pine nuts.
Walnuts are an excellent and important Yang tonic in Chinese herbalism.
We use naturally grown, peeled walnuts (the thin outer skin is believed to be
slightly toxic and counter-productive). The pine nuts are an excellent source
of energy. Pine nuts also suppress appetite. This mix gives you incredible
energy. And, Hermit's Mixä is an excellent beauty
tonic. You’ve got to try this
fantastic snack mix. You’ll love it and you’ll love to turn your friends on to
Hermit’s Mix – Why the Nuts?
By Ron Teeguarden
Mix is one of Dragon Herbs’
featured products. It has been one of our best selling products for almost two
decades. It is unique, delicious and healthy. The Goji berry is a
well-established super-tonic anti-aging herb that is discussed at length
elsewhere on this website. And Longan fruit is a major blood tonic widely used
in tonic herbalism for its blood tonic and skin supporting benefits. But some
people wonder about the merits of the walnuts and the pine nuts – in fact,
occasionally some people ask to have one or the other removed because they fear
them in terms of fat or digestibility. Some people assume we add these nuts
serendipitously for flavor or texture, and not for their tonic or anti-aging
value. The fact is, these two ingredients are fabulous
superfoods that have an astounding range of benefits. The following discussion
may prove enlightening.
are well-known here in the West as a delicacy. However, to the Chinese, walnut
“meat” is an important tonic herb which has significant tonic qualities. Traditionally,
walnuts are said to be tonic to the Kidney Yang, and support the Kidney’s
capacity to “grasp the qi.” Walnuts are thus, according to traditional Chinese
health theory, beneficial to the primal energy of a human being, replenishing
Yang Jing. In particular, it is used to strengthen the Kidney functions, and
therefore it is used to strengthen the lumbar region of the back, the legs, the
brain and the sexual organs. They are one of the only nuts considered to be a
“superior herb.” That is a designation beyond being just another healthy food.
No other true nut is included in this elite category of tonic herbs that also
includes Deer Antler, Eucommia and Cistanche. As a Yang tonic, walnuts are used
in herbal formulations and in tonic food preparation to benefit the creative
abilities of the mind and to strengthen sexual functions in men and women, to increase
physical strength and to promote longevity.
research and analysis in the West has shed light on the powerful nutritional
benefits of walnuts. The walnut provides essential fatty acids for healthy skin
and the development of body cells. Walnuts provide both monounsaturated fat and
a rich supply of omega-3 fatty acids. A handful of walnuts contains
almost as much omega-3 fatty acid as 3 ounces of salmon.
Monounsaturated fat is considered to be probably the healthiest type of general
fat (olive oil is also rich in monounsaturated fat). It has none of the adverse
effects associated with saturated fats or trans-fats.
walnut is one of the most heart-healthy nuts – if not the healthiest. In a
heart healthy diet, you need different unsaturated fatty acids that come from a
variety of vegetable sources. The monounsaturated fat in walnuts is heart
healthy. Walnuts are a good source of two unsaturated fatty acids: linolenic acid
and alpha-lanoline acid. The omega-3-fatty acids in walnuts support good
contain vitamin E, iron, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and folic acid,
which build bones, and maintain the health of the heart and blood.
also contain vitamin B6, which is helpful in relieving many of the symptoms
associated with PMS. Middle-aged men with the highest blood level of vitamin B6 scored twice as high on a
memory test than those with the lowest B6, according to Tufts University researchers
– the higher the B6, the higher the memory scores. Walnuts may also help
prevent joint pain and mild depression associated with old age.
“Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5
ounces per day of walnuts, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol
diet and not resulting in increased caloric intake, may reduce the risk of
coronary heart disease. See nutrition information for fat
[and calorie] content.”
are also used in Asia to support the lungs. They also support the functions of
the colon. The traditional Chinese dosage is 1/3 to 1 ounce of walnuts daily.
The walnuts used
in Dragon Herbs Hermit’s Mix are a special grade of walnut and have an
especially fine, clean flavor. They are also special in that they are peeled.
According to Chinese herbal tradition, the walnut skin is believed to be
slightly toxic and counteracts some of the benefits of the rest of the nut. Our walnuts
are refrigerated from the farm until packaging to prevent spoilage. We bag them
in small quantities to protect the freshness of the nuts.
nuts are actually not botanically referred to as “nuts,” but as seeds, since
they are the seedlings of pine cones. Once upon a time, many people were afraid
of pine nuts (a decade ago, people were afraid of all nuts) because they
thought they were fattening – this was before the public understood the
difference between “good fats” and “bad fats.” Pine nuts are now known to
contain almost entirely "good fat." Pine nuts contain approximately
60% fat, most of which is composed by polyunsaturated fats, and in particular
linoleic and linolenic acids, essential fatty acids required by the body but
not produced in the body. The best thing about pine nuts is their high
concentration of monounsaturated fat, which paves the way for a healthier
cardiovascular system, skin and immune system.
Pine nuts are very nutrient dense. These tasty seeds are
rich in vitamins A, C and D. Vitamin A contributes to the growth and
development of the body. Pine nuts contain a complex of vitamins B and D which
stabilize nervous system functioning, improve blood composition and have a favorable
effect on skin tissue. The vitamin D in pine nuts supports stronger bones and
teeth, by improving the body's ability to absorb calcium. Vitamins A and C support
vision and the immune system.
nuts are especially rich in vitamins B1 (thiamine) and B6, which helps with PMS
and supports cognitive functions.
nuts also contain about 20% protein. Pine nut protein is easily digested by
Pine nuts’ high amino acid
content features L-arginine (20%). Natural food-based L-arginine supports the
normal production of Human Growth Hormone and other hormones, supports the
immune system, regulates a range of vital metabolic processes, supports brain
function, and supports sexual functioning. Found in high concentrations in the
connective tissues, l-arginine is a component of collagen that plays a vital
role in the production of new tissue and bone cells – and helps keep the skin
young and elastic. L-arginine supports the activity of the thymus gland, which
produces T-cells, and thus supports immune functions. L-arginine actually
facilitates a reduction in body fat,
while increasing lean muscle mass. So this may be useful for those who are
overweight (but not obese).To top it off, studies have shown that l-arginine
inhibits the absorption of saturated
fats from one’s diet. L-arginine is considered to be a key to efficient muscle
metabolism because of its role in the transport, storage, and elimination of
nitrogen. Creatine, which plays an important role in muscle metabolism, is
derived from l-arginine. Seminal fluid contains substantial quantities of
l-arginine and l-arginine supports normal libido (sexual drive). L-arginine has
been shown to support healthy normal sperm viability and motility. L-arginine
is reported to have the ability induce erections in otherwise healthy men.
L-arginine is believed to serve as a precursor to the important
neurotransmitter nitric oxide (NO) which plays a critical role in stimulating
healthy sex drive and enhanced sexual performance in men. Nitric oxide also
plays a role in the dilation and constriction of small blood vessels in brain.
Therefore, l-arginine may support normal cerebral circulation.
vitamin E (tocopherol) content in pine nuts exceeds
that in walnuts, almonds and peanuts. Of course, vitamin E plays a key role in
many areas of the body. Vitamin E is an antioxidant
vitamin that binds oxygen free radicals. Vitamin E supports a nursing
ability to produce milk.
nuts contain numerous microelements (minerals and trace minerals), including
magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, phosphorous and iodine. The nuts are
especially rich in magnesium and phosphorus. In fact, pine nuts surpass all
other nuts and oil-bearing seeds in their phosphorus content. Although the soy
bean is generally considered the richest source of phosphorus among vegetable
sources, the pine nut is in fact its equal. Pine nut is an excellent source of
Why It’s Called Hermit’s Mix
all this goodness nutritionally, pine nuts are also delicious. Pine nuts are
known for their easy digestibility. For many centuries pine nuts consumed by
Taoist hermits instead of grain because they were much easier on the body and
provided superb and efficient nutrition and energy. Taoist hermits throughout
Asia resisted eating rice and other grains, and instead ate pine nuts as a
primary source of energy and nutrients. When combining pine nuts with edible
herbs, the Taoists created a superfood diet – which we call Hermit’s Mix. My teacher, Master Sung
Jin Park, ate pine nuts and herbs as his diet when he lived as a hermit in the
remote mountains of Korea with his teacher, the Venerable and Immortal Grand
Master Moo San Do Sha. The blend of Pine Nuts, Walnuts, Goji berries and Longan
fruit is a true supertonic superfood.*
Traditional Functions: Tonifies Qi,
Blood, Yin Jing, Yang Jing and Shen.
Beautifies the skin and brightens the eyes, supports sexual function. Excellent energy food.
Who Can Use It: Everyone.
Specifications: 1 lb. bag.
berries, Longan fruit, Walnuts, and Pine nuts.
Ron Teeguarden’s “First Rule of Tonic Herbalism,”
summed up in a single word – Compliance. If you don’t take the
herbs, they won’t work.”
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
This product is not intended to
diagnose, treat, cure or
prevent any disease.