Down the street from a Chanel boutique and paparazzi swarmed restaurants on Robertson Blvd is a healing departure from the pretentious world of Hollywood in the form of Dragon Herbs, a small store and bar tucked away on the very edge of Beverly Hills, offering the highest quality Chinese herbs and related products.

Park in the convenient tiny lot off Dayton Way and walk through the store entrance in the back into the cafe. Have a seat in the enormous, wooden swivel chairs and relax to the tunes of traditional Chinese music whilst flipping through the small novel that is the menu. The beverages range from being very buzzy (the Diamond Mind Elixir which is an adaptogenic brain tonic containing Ginkgo Biloba, Rhodiola sacra and Eleuthero root for increased oxygen flow to the brain, Schizandra berry as a blood purifier, and Polygonatum Sibericum Root which revitalizes energy in the brain) to balancing (the Eight Immortals tea with Reishi, Goji and Schizandra for the immune system, Snow Lotus and He Shou Wu which are powerful anti-agers, amongst other things). Mind you, most of these tonics aren’t the most palette pleasing but be assured, the incredible benefits are worth every slightly bitter, intensely earthy sip. Ask your knowledgable bartender as many questions as you can, although I have done much research in the field of holistic health, Chinese medicine is definitely uncharted herbal territory for me. I do know, however, that the black five porridge is a delicious blood building, nutrient dense snack and the reishi cacao pudding greatly strengthens your immune system while also being… chocolatey.

My awesome sister Kathleen enjoying a jing tonic in huge wooden swivel chair
My awesome sister Kathleen enjoying a jing tonic in huge wooden swivel chair
Lovely black sesame seed porridge
Lovely black sesame seed porridge

The screens above the massive jars of decades old ginseng roots show videos of the company’s founder, Ron Teaguarden, sourcing his mushrooms and herbs in exotic, rural settings, to help remind you of the impeccable quality of Dragon Herbs products. And if you weren’t already literally feeling warm and fuzzy for the amazing medicinal gifts you are giving to your body, Danny Glover walks through as a real life celebrity endorsement (not an Albizzia Shen induced hologram) sealing the deal for your next visit.

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