As we progress through the Autumn season, associated with the Lung meridian in TCM, it’s important to cultivate internal balance to the cold, dry, and windy conditions present externally. Common ailments of this season – like chapped lips, eczema, dry cough, and dry skin – can be mitigated by consuming foods and herbs that generate bodily fluids, combat dryness, and promote warmth and circulation. Pears are a seasonal superfood of Autumn, helping to clear phlegm from the Lungs, promoting lubrication, and bringing relief to dry coughs. The variety of other herbs in this recipe synergize to form an incredibly nourishing, warming, and protective seasonal snack.
Eating seasonally is one of the pillars of an optimal TCM lifestyle, as not only do seasonal foods peak in terms of nutrient density and flavor, but nature is inherently intelligent and serves what is needed exactly when it is needed. The preparation method and additional herbs in this recipe greatly enhance the benefits of the pears, supporting the immune system, digestive health, and optimal Lung function. Tremella and Cordyceps are two powerhouse medicinal mushrooms that support respiratory health and robust immunity. Tremella soothes the Lungs, which can be severely compromised by dryness, and is a wonderful ally for the internal moistening of Yin fluids, protecting the mucous membranes. Cordyceps can help enhance Lung function by increasing oxygen utilization, and mitigating the symptoms of respiratory conditions. Adding warming spices is a common and simple way to optimize digestion as it helps prevent dampness, thus promoting the abundant and smooth flow of Qi.
- 1 C water
- 2 peeled pears, chopped
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 star anise pod
- 4 jujube red dates
- 1 tbsp orange peel
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp Cordyceps
- 1 tsp Tremella
- Simmer water with cinnamon sticks, red dates, orange peel, sugar and vanilla extract for a few minutes.
- Add pear and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes until the water is almost gone.
- Remove from heat, serve into a bowl, and top with sprinklings of Tremella and Cordyceps.
Adding warming herbs like ginger and garlic to meals is a common and simple way to support optimal digestion.