The Summer Cool Down Series: Foods To Clear Heat & Cool The Body
Xi Gua (Watermelon)
This fruit has sweet and cold properties in Chinese Medicine. Watermelon is so important in the summertime as it is not only extremely tasty, but it also keeps the body cool and hydrated.
Yi Yi Ren (Job’s Tears)
Yi Yi Ren is a lesser known seed that is cooling to the skin and incredibly effective at clearing signs of excess toxic heat in the body. Its function is to help the body re-distribute how it handles water retention so that the fluids that are retained can be utilized to nourish the skin properly.
Bo He (Peppermint)
Bo He is a great ingredient to add as a finishing touch to any dish during the summertime. It is great to vent rashes and any surface heat ailments. Bo He can also help with any headaches that are caused by dehydration in the summertime and can be taken easily as a tea alone or with another ingredient down the list, Ju Hua.
Lu Dou (Mung Beans)
This food is gaining momentum as a key ingredient to popular summer drinks due to its light and cooling nature. Lu Dou’s main claim to fame is its ability to relieve thirst and release toxins. This makes it a great ingredient to have in any of your soups or smoothies in the summer months.
Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum)
Ju Hua is a very cooling ingredient just like others listed above. However, this beautiful flower is specifically great at keeping the eyes moist and clear. Ju Hua is also one of the most used herbs to help not only clear the eyes but also treat dry, sore throats.
We hope you enjoyed this session on foods to clear heat and cool the body, and hope to see you in the next post!