Yep, that’s right. Lots of Chinese herbs are found right in your kitchen! When you know when to cook with a specific herb, then cooking becomes medicine.
Thousands of years ago, when herbalists first started prescribing herbs to patients, they had patients cook herbs right in with their food. Ginger, garlic, scallion, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, mint, honey, black and white sesame are all common ingredients found right in your kitchen that are also Chinese herbs. I’ll talk about a few of these herbs in this post.
Our antibodies are found in our body fluids. Winter is a cold and dry time that dries our body fluids, and therefore, our antibodies. Honey helps to restore fluids and adds moisture to the lungs to help protect or re-hydrate after losing natural fluids during a cold or flu. Baking a pear with honey is a fantastic way to moisten your dry respiratory system.
Mint is soothing after a long busy day at work if you’re feeling overheated and maybe even headachy. It helps you to de-stress and it cools you.
Ginger tea is warming. The warming nature of ginger assists the immune system in clearing out a cold. Ginger is a fantastic and preventative hot beverage choice after walking in cold winter winds since it chases out cold from the body.
Like ginger, cinnamon is warming and stimulating. Adding some cinnamon to your hot cereal in the morning supports your immune system and helps to ward off colds and flus. It’s like putting on winter coat from the inside.
Please bear in mind this article contains general information. If you would like to learn specific information about your needs, visit with an Acupuncturist.