Saturday, September 12, 2020

Lung Tonic Recipe

My friend's at 5Yina posted this lung tonic recipe, I thought I would share it for anyone suffering from the wildfire smoke we've been expereiencing. It is great for soothing and nourishing dry lungs.

"If you are experiencing dryness and mild irritation from the besiege of smoke, try this nourishing lung tonic.

This recipe features one of our favorite medicinal mushrooms, 银耳 (aka Tremella), which is used in Chinese Medicine to nourish fluids, treat coughs, and strengthen the respiratory and immune system. It's a very versatile ingredient commonly used in Chinese cuisine and can be served savory, sweet, cold, or warm.

Tremella is rich in vitamin D and polysaccharides that help your skin stay plump and hydrated. We published this recipe a while back but thought it would be a good time to share again since many of us are dealing with fires - both emotionally and physically. It’s been a rough year to say the least. This is also a great tonic to nourish for fall.

Whole Dried Tremella 2-3 pieces (found in most Asian grocery stores, or online)
Purified Water
Goji Berries 15g (or a small handful)
Mild honey or Monkfruit or a neutral tasting sweetener (optional - jujube dates or longan berries)

1. Rehydrate dried tremella until it blooms into a fluffy, jelly cloud (about 1/2 to 1 hour)
2. Wash, rinse and trim into small pieces, and discard any hard bits.
3. Place tremella into a soup pot, and pour water to cover all the tremella by an inch.
4. Bring to a boil. Then, low simmer for 1-2 hours. (If you double boil, even better)
5. Add goji berries at the end of cooking while the soup is still hot.
6. Serve warm or chilled.

If you aren't able to find the ingredients above, another simple alternative would be to poach a pear (Asian pear or other) with local honey. Eat the poached pear and drink the juices, warm or cold.

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