October 9, 2020
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Soup to improve complexion
A healthy person will have a bright, healthy pinkish complexion. How about those with faces that appear to be yellowish in tone? According to the Chinese Medicine theories, this has to do with the spleen, where the spleen and stomach are deficient of qi, or affected by dampness. Individuals with a weak spleen will have dull and yellowish skin, experience appetite loss, chest tightness, secretion of excessive phlegm and loose stools.
When the qi in the spleen does not circulate effectively, the dampness will be trapped in the body, as if it is wrapped by a wet towel. This is why some people are constantly tired and refuse to move. In order to improve this condition, you will need to strengthen the spleen and eliminate dampness.
Papaya can strengthen the spleen and stomach, dispel dampness, relieve the tendons and improve digestion; it is suitable for individual with a weak spleen and stomach, and those who often experience bloating. On the other hand, fox nut, which is an ingredient commonly used to strengthen the spleen and dispel dampness, can also strengthen the spleen, relieve diarrhea and nourish the qi. Take good care of the qi in the spleen, your skin will radiate with a healthy glow.
Tips for soup to strengthen spleen and dispel dampness:
Appropriately add in ingredients such as winter melon, coix seed, Chinese yam and rice bean etc.
Papaya soup with dried sea coconut and millet
Effects: Strengthens spleen and dispels dampness. Improves yellowish complexion, relieves abdominal bloating and poor appetite.
Ingredient: 1 ripened papaya, 1 carrot, 4 dried sea coconut, 15g polygonatum root, 1 sachet of Oats Rice Water or 1/3 cup of millet
1. Rinse all ingredients thoroughly. Peel and core papaya and cut into pieces. Peel carrot and cut into pieces.
2. Combine all ingredients with 2000ml of water in a pot and cook on high heat until boiling. Turn to low heat and simmer for 1.5 hour. Add salt to taste.
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