In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the lungs are revered for their role in respiratory health. This simple and natural cough remedy, featuring the cooling and moistening properties of pears, aims to soothe a dry cough and promote lung well-being.
- 2 ripe Asian pears
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 cups water
- Prepare the Pears: Wash and peel the pears, removing the seeds and cutting them into small, bite-sized pieces. Asian pears are preferred for their cooling nature in TCM.
- Create the Base: In a pot, combine the pear pieces, fresh ginger slices, and the cinnamon stick. Add water to the pot.
- Simmer: Bring the mixture to a gentle boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Let it simmer for 30-40 minutes, allowing the essence of the ingredients to infuse into the water.
- Strain: After simmering, strain the liquid to remove the pear pieces, ginger, and cinnamon stick, leaving a clear syrup. You can set the pears aside to eat as a snack.
- Add Raw Honey: While the syrup is still warm, stir in a tablespoon of raw honey. Honey is known for its moistening properties and can help soothe a dry cough. Enjoy! If you’d like, drizzle some of the syrup onto the pears for a healthy snack.
- Dosage: Take one to two tablespoons of this syrup as needed.
- Frequency: This syrup can be consumed 2-3 times a day, especially before bedtime for a soothing effect.
- Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated, supporting the moistening properties of the pear syrup.
- Rest: Ensure you get adequate rest to allow your body to recover.
- Avoid Irritants: Steer clear of irritants such as smoke or strong odors that may exacerbate a dry cough.