Ah Fall, my favorite time of year!
In Chinese medicine, Fall is associated with your lungs. I think of this in terms of waking up on that first morning when temperatures have dropped into the 40s (or even 30s) and the air feels crisp and clean, my lungs seem eager to drink it in!
For others this relationship may be more appartent in terms of pathology. Maybe your allergies act up with dry throat, dry cough, itchy eyes, and a stuffy nose (all related to the lung in Chinese medicine). Or perhaps you catch that first cold of the season.
Whatever the case, this is a great time of year to take some care of your lungs and your immune system! So with that in mind I am sharing a few simple recipes for you to help your lungs through the fall season.
Simple Cold-Stopper Tea
Make and drink this tea at the very first signs of a cold, such as chills and fever, stuffy/runny nose, headache, and body aches.
3-5 slices of fresh ginger
2 Scallions (white part only)
8-12 oz of water
Chop the ginger and the whites of the scallion and add to water. Boil for no more than 5 minutes. Drink warm 3-5 times per day while symptoms last.
Cough Soothing Poached Pears
Make this simple dish when you have a dry cough that just won't go away. Particularly useful to help soothe an unproductive cough that interrupts your sleep. Eat about 45 min.-1 hr. before bed.
1 Fresh pear
1-2 Tablespoons honey
Approx. 1/4 cup of water
Cut the pear in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place the 2 halves in a pan, flat (cut) side up. Fill the scooped out areas with honey. Add water until it reaches about 1/4 to 1/2 way up the pears. Bring the water to a boil, cover, turn down heat to low/simmer, and cook until pears are soft (this will go faster if you have removed the skin of the pear, but either way is fine). While still warm, eat the pears and drink the liquid.
Delicious Cold/Flu Preventing Garnish
Make this tasty garnish/condiment/topping and use liberally throughout the cold and flu season. The ingredients are anti-bacterial and anti-viral and thus are a great addition to your autumn, winter, and early spring cooking. Put on steamed vegetables, pasta, toast, meats, the possibilites are endless!
2 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 sprigs fresh rosemary
15 sprigs fresh thyme
25 sprigs fresh oregano
25-30 leaves fresh basil
2-3 cloves fresh garlic
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Pinch of salt (opt.)
Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend. Be careful to blend in short bursts (can use pulse setting) so that the ingredients don't get heated.
Enjoy!! and Breathe in this beautiful Autumn!