The haze is back in Singapore, and as it worsens, your whole family comes down with dry eyes, sore throats and general discomfort. What’s worse is that babies and young children cannot wear N95 masks, so they are unprotected from the haze.
Protect from haze with these TCM foods that have long been used to relieve such symptoms.
(Also read: How haze affects babies and toddlers)
Chrysanthemum has long been used to treat eye problems such as sore eyes, dry eyes and blurred vision. Use this to protect from haze.
Consume it: Put a few pieces of chrysanthemum flowers into a cup and pour in hot water. Let it sit for 20 minutes before drinking the tea.
Here’s a recipe for chrysanthemum and goji berry tea, which is good for health.
White fungus is known to be able to fight infections and inflammation in the body, as well as improve the immune system.
In traditional Chinese medicine, it’s typically used to relieve dry coughs, which is associated with the haze.
Consume it: Pre-soak the white fungus for 20 minutes. Bring it to boil, then simmer for 15 minutes before consumption. You can add a bit of rock sugar for taste.
Asian pear is known to clear heat in the body and lungs, alleviating dryness in the eyes, nose and throat. Try this to protect from haze.
Consume it: The most straightforward way is to eat it as a fruit. You can also place sliced pear in a bowl with just enough water to cover, add some rock sugar, then steam for 15 minutes until the pear is soft.
Here’s a recipe for Chinese pear and snow fungus soup:
With its heat-dissipation and nourishing properties, water chestnut can soothe dry eyes and throat, and ease coughing symptoms.
Consume it: Eat it as a fruit or cut into small pieces and boil it.
A version of this article first appeared in Shape Singapore.