October 29, 2018
Nourish blood and relieve dryness to prevent hangnails
Fall is here and your hands might be dry and hangnail growth can get out of control. Sometimes you can’t help but pull on it and create a wound that may bleed, swell, and even lead to Paronychia.
Chinese medicine believe hangnail is exfoliation of the skin, and it is usually due to skin dryness. Those who are always in contact with cleaning agent, the dryness can worsen. Those with blood asthenia, yin deficiency are prone to hangnails as nail health is a representation of healthy qi and blood circulation.
When handling hangnails, do not forcefully tug at it, but use a sanitized nail clipper to cut off. If the hangnail is hard, then soak in warm water until soften before you cut. Be sure to nourish blood and relieve dryness, try having black soy beans and black sesame soy milk.
Recipe to nourish blood and relieve dryness
Effects: regulate qi and promote blood circulation, nourish nails and hair, improve blood asthenia
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon black soy beans, 1 tablespoon black sesame powder, 1 cup of soy beans, appropriate amounts of brown sugar
1. Fry black soy beans in a wok without oil until bean skin cracks. Blend and combine with black sesame powder and add into thermos.
2. Heat up soy milk (or fresh milk) and add into thermos and mix well. Add in brown sugar to taste.
Note: for best results, have this drink 2-3 times per week. Those with abdominal bloating or asthenic spleen, or those prone to loose stool should consume with caution. Not suitable for those with high uric acid or diabetes.
Tips to protect your hands:
– Avoid washing your hands too often
– Reduce contact with cleaning solutions and wear gloves
– Use moisturizer after washing your hands and remember to massage edge of your nails
– When you cut your nails, use a filer to ensure the edge of nails are smooth