Written by Gioia Zhang
Every year around the 6thof June is MangZhong (the 9th solar term). From this point onwards, we enter the second phase of summer, Midsummer. During this time, the yang qi between the sky and the earth is most prosperous and people are also at the peak of their growing capabilities. Our new cells will grow very fast. This is also a great time for us to repair our aging bodies and to delay the aging process.
Take good care of your heart during the summer as this helps to speed up your metabolism. At the same time, cherries, known as a “heart care fruit”, are in season. Practitioners of Chinese medicine believe that the cherry is great for both your heart and blood. Some Western nutritionists also refer to the cherry as the aspiring of the heart.
Aspirin has an antithrombotic effect and can be used to treat cardiovascular diseases. It can also cause people to sweat, and long-term usage is therefore likely to cause a deficiency of the body’s yin. Compared with aspirin, cherries are even better. They not only warm the heart, but also benefit your blood. They help your body to produce more blood and also give your blood more energy. It is rich in iron which is very helpful for iron deficiency-based anemia.
In addition to eating cherries, you could also make cherry egg soup or cherry wine. These help to regulate different physical conditions.
How to make Cherry Egg Flower Soup
Ingredients:cherries, eggs, sweet glutinous rice wine (This is a traditional Chinese sweet soup, which should be available in Chinese supermarkets)
Method:Wash the cherries with salt water for 10 minutes and remove the stem. Put fresh water in the pot, add the cherries and a few spoons of sweet rice wine, and cook for a few minutes on a high heat. Pour the eggs into the pan and beat them until they become egg flower, then turn off the heat.
Effect: replenishes the blood, moisturizes the skin, conditions the body’s weaknesses and improves sleep.
How to make Cherry Wine:
Ingredients:500g – 1kg Cherries, 2.5kg low-degree wine
Method: Wash the cherries with salt water, put them in a clean glass bottle, pour in the white wine, cover it, wait for 10 days or longer and then enjoy!
Effect:Condition rheumatism, lower back pain and numbness of limbs.
By the way, not everyone is suited to eating cherries, because cherries have heating properties, and those who suffer from excessive internal heat and cough frequently should not eatn many cherries. Eating too many cherries can easily lead to excessive internal heat. Please eat them in moderation!
Hanging wormwood is also a midsummer tradition. People think that wormwood can ward off evil and protect the peace. It has volatile medicinal ingredients that emit strong aromas which can sterilize the environment, prevent insect infestations, and purify the air.
In Chinese medicine, wormwood is a pure yang plant. Moxibustion can open up the meridians and remove the body’s “cold” and “dampness”. Using wormwood to boil water can also help to remove the “cold” and “dampness” of the lower jiao.
Summer is a period in which there are many pest infestations and many diseases are spread. The ancient Chinese people use sachets to prevent epidemics. Putting a variety of aromatic herbs into sachets allows the strong aroma of the drugs to stimulate the body’s nasal mucosa which produces antibodies to help improve our resistance to diseases. This helps us to fight against colds, rhinitis, a variety of respiratory infections, and can also prevent mosquito bites.
Ingredients:dried tangerine peel, cloves (an aromatic flower bud used in Chinese medicine which comes from a tree in the Myrtaceae family), shan’ai (a Chinese medicine）, moxa, cotton cloth and thread which is prepared in accordance with a ratio of 1:1.
Method:Use the materials above to make a small sachet and place the items inside it as you like. It can be placed in your pocket, hung on the edge of your bed or in your car. If you carry it around often, you need to change the moxa and tangerine peel every month.
Every year on the 21stor 22ndof June, we enter the summer solstice (the 10thsolar term). This divides summer into two parts. From the summer solstice onwards, it is important to pay attention to nourishing the Yin of our hearts. Insufficient heart Yin can cause serious irritations, insomnia, hot flushes, palpitations and heart disease.
Mulberry is good at nourishing your heart Yin. Eating it in summer is very helpful for fighting palpitations and insomnia. It can also help to delay aging. However, the period in which you can eat fresh mulberries in a year is very short. You can buy a lot during this period as they are on sale everywhere in large quantities. You can therefore make mulberry jam in bulk, save it and then eat it slowly throughout the year.
How to make Mulberry Cream
Ingredients:fresh black mulberry, brown sugar
Method:Beat the mulberry into a juice, put it in a pot and make it thick by heating it on a low heat, add the brown sugar and stir until the brown sugar has completely melted and then turn off the heat. Put the mulberry jam in a clean glass jar, refrigerate, and eat two spoonfuls per day.
Effect: nourishes the Yin of the body, anti-aging effect, helps to reduce palpitations, insomnia, dizziness, tinnitus and menopausal syndrome, also leads to less whiteheads.
Did the summer heat make you feel uncomfortable? Use seasonal ingredients to recover!
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