The dryness in autumn could cause various discomforts in our body, making “water replenishment” a seasonal topic we shouldn’t overlook. It’s simple and direct to put on moisturising cream when our skin gets dry, itchy or red. But if the dry weather causes discomfort in our throat or even makes us cough and develop windpipe problems, we can nourish our body internally using diet therapy, tackling the problems at the root. Here are 3 recommendations for you:
In-season fruit: Autumn pear
Mildly sweet and juicy, autumn pear nourishes our lungs and helps relieve coughing. According to the pharmacology of Traditional Chinese medicine, our lungs are connected to our skin so when we nourish our lungs, we are improving our skin condition at the same time. If you are concerned about its cold nature, choose not to eat it directly but cook it to counterbalance the coldness, such as making sweet soup with it. But this may lead you to over-consume sugar. A better option is to make Chinese soup with other wholesome ingredients.
Soup recommendation: Autumn pear with straight ladybell root and yuzhu
Traditional Chinese medicine believes straight ladybell root nourishes ‘yin’, clears the lungs, benefits the stomach and helps produce saliva, whereas yuzhu nourishes ‘yin’, moisturises dryness and quenches our thirst. When cooked with autumn pear, they can also relieve dry coughing and coarse voice caused by a dry throat.
External and internal nourishment: Honey
Traditional Chinese medicine sees honey as an autumn tonic because it nourishes our lungs to relieve coughing, invigorates the spleen and replenishes ‘qi’. Since it is also a natural antiseptic moisturiser, it’s been widely used with other ingredients, such as milk, lemon juice or virgin olive oil, as a skin or hair mask for moisturising or whitening purposes and reducing inflammation of wounds. Needless to say, it is a healthy delicacy to eat as well.
Tea recommendation: Honey with chrysanthemum and wolfberries
White chrysanthemum tranquilises our liver and improves eyesight, and wolfberries also improve eyesight with thirst-quenching effect. When honey is added, the tea is ideal for nourishing dry eyes in autumn to boost our spirit.
Nourishing ‘yin’ and dryness: Black sesame
The major fatty acid contained in black sesame is linoleic acid which is especially effective in moisturising dry skin and hair, and tackling skin allergy problems. Since it has a thick shell, it’s recommended to grind it to powder before consumption for better results. Stir-frying it in a dry pan for 5-10 minutes beforehand also helps release a richer flavour.
Dessert recommendation: Black sesame cake
Source: Yahoo Hong Kong x AXA LIVE/LIFE website