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Chinese Remedies, The Power Of Ginger, Barley & Chrysanthemum!

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Today, I’ll be sharing with you two simple TCM recipes using Chinese Pearl Barley (薏苡 / 薏仁), Chrysanthemum (菊花) & Ginger (姜). Barley & Chrysanthemum are couple of very popular Chinese home remedies traditionally known for their "cooling" properties, & have been prescribed as a “therapy” for sore throat, fevers etc.

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Just recently, the whole of Singapore was engulfed in haze due to forest fires in Indonesia. Public had been advised to use the #N95 masks as it was affecting our health. With people scrambling to get these masks, it ran out of stock quickly. Not just that, there was also reports that supermarket items such as Green Beans, Chrysanthemum & Barley etc were also running low.

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Due to the haze, a lot of people were down with sore throat & cough. In TCM, the items mentioned above are believed to help relieve these symptoms as well as to increase our immunity. Chinese Pearl Barley (薏苡 / 薏仁) is used as a traditional Chinese tonic for the skin, lungs, & spleen, while Chrysanthemum Tea (菊花茶) is an extremely potent herbal tea as it helps to clear heat & toxic materials which have accumulated within the body.
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During the haze period, an old schoolmate of mine sent me a recipe via #WhatsApp. To beat the haze, many households are meticulously making the Barley & Chrysanthemum drinks for their loved ones to consume. Interestingly in this recipe, an extra ingredient is added – Ginger!

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I’m sure a lot of you are aware of the goodness of this wonder plant, which promotes health & healing in many ways. #Ginger is an incredible herb with powerful anti-inflammatory properties & more. I love the aroma of ginger & often add slices of ginger into my cooking. But this time, let’s just stick to herbal remedy which you can use them for #post-haze healing too.

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应付目前的烟雾空气污染,用食疗法帮助:
1方 : 早上冲泡菊花, 姜小片, 冰糖. 冲泡15分钟就可喝。
分量多少随你喜欢。
功能 ,清散风热,减少烟雾对肺部的刺激。

2方: 下午煮喝薏米水(中国薏米 有黑线的 )加2姜片,冰糖 共煮40分钟以上。
功能: 健脾,清热,利尿, 让身体从小便排出有害物。
请记住放姜片,一或两片就好,因为菊花,薏米为凉性,姜片是保护中焦脾胃阳气。

The above was the msg I received from Kat, who had kindly shared the recipe with her friends. According to the doctor’s recommendation, we’re supposed to drink the #ChrysanthemumTea in the morning, & #Barley in the afternoon. The recipe specifically called for not just any barley, but #ChinesePearlBarley.

(Chrysanthemum)
Ingredients:
Handful of Chrysanthemum
3-5 pieces of Rock Sugar (adjust sweetness according to preference)
1 slice Ginger

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Method:
  1. Lightly smash ginger & add to cup together with Chrysanthemum & rock sugar.
  2. Pour hot water & drain off the first round of water (optional). I like to do this cause you won’t know how clean these things are.
  3. Brew for about 15 mins before drinking.
  4. You may filter the leaves off, but I prefer to keep them in the cup to top up the hot water for a second round.

(Barley)
Ingredients:
½ cup Barley
2 slices Ginger
¼ cup of Rock Sugar (adjust sweetness according to preference, I’m using the smaller cube ones)
2.5 litres of Water

Method:
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  1. Rinse barley with water & drain.
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  3. Fill pot with water & add rock sugar & ginger. Instructions call to boil for about 40 mins, but barley was still hard. It took over an hour before the grains turned soft. 
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  5. My family prefer to have our barley cold. So when it’s cooled, I like to transfer it to a container & put it into the fridge & simply pour into glasses whenever needed.
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Read my other post @ Haze, How We Can Help Fight This Crisis! So let's stay healthy!

53 comments:

  1. Great recipe for hot and hazy period like now.

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    1. DS, I fix these drinks all the time but I've never added ginger. Good taste!

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  2. Shirley, ginger is more than a cooking spice for me but I was not familiar with the medicinal power of barley and chrysanthemum tea, although I drink this tea(without barley)

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    1. Bal, I adore ginger! Hope u'll get to try this yummy drink next time.

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  3. These are very good drinks to purify for the body. I would use it during my chemo treatment.

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    1. Veron, I'm so sorry to learn that. Better chk with your doc before trying any TCM in case it clashes with western treatments.. Take care, dear!

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  4. It's a healthy recipe there, Shirley.

    Mama Carrie constantly boils the Chrysanthemum tea and the barley, but both with gou ji. =) Good for our hot weather...

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    1. Ciana, I make these frequently too but love the addition of ginger. Gouji? I like to use it in my cooking too. Will try adding some of that into the drinks next time :)

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  5. This is wonderful, Shirley. I was drinking plain water mostly to soothe the throat (during the haze). I'll keep this in mind! :)

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    1. Sharon, hope you'll enjoy this as much :)

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  6. Great natural recipes to sooth the symptoms. Hope the air is clearing off quickly.

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    1. Amy, it's still good for now :) Thks, dear!

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  7. I am a fanatic of these 3 nature's wonders. I was told that Barley has small & big ones which are best to be boiled together to cool the upper and lower parts of our bodies. The bigger ones look like styro-foam balls.

    As for ginger I eat them a lot esp those served in pulps with Chicken rice. Nice! I also blend the ginger with water and smear on my hands and legs to detox. I sure sound like a grandma today.

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    1. TM, thks for sharing the info! U're funny lah! Hahaha! I add a lot of ginger in my chicken rice too. Love it!

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  8. Hi Shirley, I love both the barley and chrysanthemum... use to boiled often even thou there is no haze.
    Thank for sharing your version using ginger. Regards.

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    1. Amelia, these drinks are indeed good anytime & they're delicious too!

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  9. Hi Shirley! Thanks for sharing this great recipe and linking it to the LTU!

    I know you are really busy... So really appreciate your participation! Cheers!

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  10. Pearl Barley is good to prevent cough? Only Pearl Barley or any type of Barley? I am actually coughing frequently. When the weather is bad, or I am lack of drinking water, I would cough.

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    1. LuPorTi, barley water can be used in the treatment of respiratory disorders, & eases dry, tickling coughs. Honestly, I've never taken note of the type of barley before this. I usually get mine from the supermart, just pick & go. So I was surprised the recipe above specifically called for 中国薏米 有黑线的. Hence, I went to the Chinese Medical Hall & the staff gave me Chinese Pearl Barley. So from now on, I'll just go for this type of barley :) If you're not sure, best to go to those shops selling Chinese tonic etc.

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  11. Hi Shirley,

    Nice to have you linking up with our LTU ginger event. Forget the bread mask... LOL! Your Chinese remedies are so much better to combat against these yucky hazes.

    Zoe

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    1. Zoe, hahaha! Pleasure to be part of the event :)

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    2. Hi Shirley,

      Of course, I like the way you wrote about me being sweet :D I do have sweet tooth for cakes and biscuits.

      Nice to hear compliments from friends and hope to have you cooking/baking along with us in the future :D

      Zoe

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    3. Zoe, thks again for coming by & leaving your wonderful notes! I'm a lousy baker if u don't mind having me. Lol!

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  12. Hi Shirley, excellent post ! Very informative, indeed. You have come up yet again with an interesting topic. Smashing !

    Barley is one of the world's healthiest foods. It is rich in fiber and Selenium among many other important nutrients essential to the body. It helps in promoting intestinal health and has cholesterol lowering properties. It stimulates increased urine output, so drink more water when barley is taken.
    It is suitable for diabetics as well, some adjustments may be necessary when barley is taken along with the usual foodstuffs. A dietician will be able to assist the diabetics to prepare a diet chart with barley included.

    Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is an age old remedy for many gastrointestinal disorders. It has been claimed to reduce nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy and chemotherapy. Some people with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis take it more in their diet everyday thinking that it will reduce inflammation. In some it may produce heartburn because of acidity especially if taken in excess.

    Chrysanthemum herbal tea has many health benefits. It helps in lowering blood pressure, has many vitamins and assists in detoxification. One word of caution - it is better to avoid this during pregnancy. So always be cautious if somebody has missed her periods. It can also produce some allergies in people who are prone to developing allergy. People who are taking blood pressure lowering medicines also have to be cautious because taking this simultaneously may reduce BP inconsistently. It may sensitize the skin for sunburn.

    Whenever, we decide to go for alternate / complementary / herbal remedies consult a practitioner and follow professional advice.

    I read with interest about Rock sugar:).This is known as 'Kalkandam' in Malayalam, our native language. This is used for the preparation of religious offerings to Gods which later will be distributed to the devotees after their blessings. Rock sugar will be mixed with fruits, raisins etc. to prepare the divine offerings.
    Thanks
    Rajiv
    www.magnificentdewdrops.blogspot.com
    www.magicalpresent.blogspot.com

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    1. Wow, another awesome contribution! Rajiv, u seemed to be so well-versed in almost everything. I'm so honoured to have a "professor" here! Seriously, I'm sure my readers have benefited from your comments too. Nice sharing on the rock sugar!

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    2. Hi Shirley, Thanks for the compliment:)
      I am working in the medical field so I add info like this on various platforms for the benefit of the readers. After all health is real wealth !

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  13. Yes i like to have my barley served cold either, i will usually add some red dates into my chrysanthemum tea too

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    1. Ken, I've never tried adding dates into chrysanthemum tea. Gosh! It sounds like another yummy drink!

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  14. Good one!~ Nice to drink, good for health!

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    1. Kylie, welcome to the herbal tea club! Heehee!

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  15. Shirley, I would love to try this drink. I've got pearl barley but have to go look for chrysanthemum to complete the ingredients. I am very much in need of cooling!

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    1. PH, awesome! In this hot weather, we certainly need some cooling drinks!

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  16. wa is this for real?! Use bread!

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    1. FC, thought the pix's kinda cute! Can find funny stuff on stomp. Lol!

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  17. Dear Shirley, Thanks for the tips :D

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  18. Shirley, I hope the haze is dissipating. We get smoke & haze occasionally from fires as far away as Texas (depending on the wind.) Nice to know there are natural remedies to combat the irritation, including edible flowers. Your "cartoons" were a lighthearted touch on this serious situation -- love your sense of humor! :)

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    1. Kim, hahaha! Don't want things to get serious around here especially with the heat!

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  19. Hi,

    Great post. All the ingredients you mentioned are some of my many favourites - barley, chrysanthemum and of course, ginger :-). I'd love to make this drink, but first I have to search for chrysanthemum. Hopefull they're available at the Asian here in BE..

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    1. Nasifriet, thks for coming by & leaving your lovely thoughts! I'm sure u can find these in Chinatown :) Hope to see more of u here!

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  20. Hi Shirley, this is really great! Another additional home remedy recipe to note. I love simple and home remedy recipes. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Ivy, glad u like it too! Thks for popping by & love having u here! Looking fwd to sharing.

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  21. Thanks for the receipe. Simple enough for me :)

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  22. Ginger! That's what I will be adding not my chrysanthemum tea tonight! Bet it will be a nice taste to it. Like you, I love ginger and am sipping some now in the office to warm me. Feeling a tad cold these few days:(

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    1. MM, ginger gives the drink some nice scent! I'm sure you'll enjoy as much :)

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  23. Thanks for the Chinese Pearl Barley recipes. I have recently been told to make my own Pearl Barley tea to help in my Rheumatoid Arthritis. Is is effective to drink both heated & cold? I am also hoping it will help me lose a few pounds.

    Thanks for your recipe. :-))

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    1. ctroyano, it's great having you here! It can be drunk hot or cold, but I didn't know it's good for arthritis too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts & do let us know if it works!

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  24. Wow...I want to boil my barley and ginger right now..:-) Usually, I just boiled ginger and turmeric and added honey into it. (Turmeric as my anti aging remedy)

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    1. Cool! Thanks so much for coming by & sharing with us your thoughts! Happy weekend & hope you'll enjoy this version as much :D

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  25. I like the recipe, but I might be tempted to add a few more ingredients, such as chamamile, prunella spike, black pepper, a pinch of allspice, and maybe a little soursop; and I'd eliminate sugars, in favor of stevia, to taste, and a pinch of artificial sweetener (for the high notes), but only if you haven't completely weaned yourself off sugars. You can add honey or maple sugar, but you oppose the health benefits (by stopping the mobility of your immune system) by clinging to sugar, in any of its forms.

    These additions not only boost flavor and make for distinct tanginess, but the mild tingling of your throat shows you the antiviral properties are at work, so you know the overall benefits are working, including lowering of blood pressure.

    Prunella spike is widely available in Asia, and here in the states, is better known under the common names of Every Heal, or All Heal. It's been praised for over 2,000 by herbalists for obtaining seemingly impossible cures in the face of intractable diseases.

    If you like tea more flavorul, you could add white tea, citrus peels, or anisestar pods to the brew; or you could add mango pulp and OJ to the brew, but brew and extract the essence out of your hard, knobby ingredients first, decocting them in a boil (if using citrus peel, they'd go in with the hard ingredients). When you're sure you've extracted them well enough, lower the water temp to just below a simmer, and then add your leaves and flowers. When these also are well brewed, then add pulps and juice.

    You might end up with something different than the original version, but I bet you'll like it. Just pay attention to combining flavors you like.

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    1. Thanks so much for dropping by & sharing these precious info, Cameowalkin! I've to admit soursop is an interesting ingredient for a herbal remedy. I'm relatively new to Prunella Spike & will check that out. I'm sure my readers will benefit greatly from your sharing. Do pop by more often to share with us your soulful thoughts. It's great having you here!

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