Food for Thought: Combating that Nagging Cough

Suffering from a nagging cough that just won’t quit? Try these natural remedies to knock out that cough for good!

Daikon, Ginger and Scallion Soup: *Popular for treating coughs as well as clearing nasal congestion, and counteracting body aches, weakness and lethargy due to colds*

3 cups (750 mL) water

1 medium daikon, cut it into 1/2 inch slices

1 tablespoons (15 grams) sliced fresh ginger

6 white heads of scallion, sliced

Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the daikon to the water. Continue to boil over a medium flame for 20 minutes, or until the daikon is soft (you should be able to push a chopstick or toothpick through the daikon slice with ease)

Add the sliced scallion scallion and ginger to the pot. Reduce the flame to low. Simmer for another 10 minutes, or until two-thirds of the water has evaporated. Remove from heat. Consume hot.

Daikon and Tangerine Peel Soup: *For treating a thick-mucous cough*

1 cup (250 mL) water

1 small daikon, cut it into 1/2 inch slices

1 organic tangerine peel, cut it into 1/2 inch slices

3 slices ginger

1 tsp (5 grams) white pepper

In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the daikon, tangerine peel, ginger and pepper to boiling water. Continue to boil over a medium flame for 10 minutes.

Pour into a bowl and allow to cool. Take the soup twice a day, after lunch and dinner.

Daikon Juice: *Drank warm or hot to relieve coughing*

4 cups (800 grams) fresh daikon, grated

1 TBSP (15 grams) brown sugar

Thin cotton towel or cheese cloth

Place the daikon in a thin cotton towel and squeeze in order to obtain the juice. Mix the juice and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from the flame and allow to cool. Drink the juice 2x/day, warm or hot, to relive coughing.

Daikon, Ginger and Pear Juice: 

1/2 cup (100 grams) fresh daikon, grated

1/2 cup (100 grams) fresh ginger, grated

2 TBSP (30 mL) fresh pear juice

1 egg white

Place the daikon in a thin cotton towel and squeeze to extract 2 TBSP of juice. Repeat with the ginger.

Mix the ginger and daikon juice with the pear juice and egg white. Drink it cool once a day.

Jujube Tea:

5 Jujube (Chinese Dates)

1 TBSP (15 grams) minced fresh ginger

1 TBSP (15 grams) brown sugar

2 cups (500 mL) water

In a small saucepan, add all the dry ingredients to the water. Boil over a low flame for 15 minutes. Consume warm.

Garlic Juice: *Keep in the fridge until a cough remedy is needed*

1-2 cups (200-400 grams) fresh garlic cloves

1 cup (250 mL) water

1 tsp. (5 grams) white sugar

Peel and squeeze the garlic in order to extract the juice. Transfer to a clean bottle or jar and refrigerate.

When you need to use a cough remedy, boil 1 cup of water. Mix 1 TBSP of garlic juice and the sugar into the hot water.

Take 2x/day, morning and evening, until the cough has cleared. Drink the mixture hot.

Source: The Healing Cuisine of China: 300 recipes for vibrant health and longevity by ZHUO ZHAO & George Ellis

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