Home Remedy for Dry Cough
This time of year it seems like most people are over the hump of cold and flu season but many people still have coughs that linger for weeks on end. Dry coughs especially can be hard to recover from without the proper support. There are herbs you can take and acupuncture is important too, but whenever a patient is trying to kick a dry cough I always recommend adding steamed pear to their diet until the cough subsides.
Pears and apples in Chinese Medicine are considered natural tonics for moistening the lungs, Asian pears in particular are prized for this quality. If you’ve never had an Asian pear, they have a similar flavor to other varieties but a crunchier texture. I love enjoying them as a regular part of my diet in the fall and winter during the most important time of year for lung health.
Raw fruit is cold and damp in nature which can make it hard for the body to digest and assimilate, so warming it up by lightly steaming helps the body to get all the healing benefits from the pear. The recipe below is one of the simplest ways to cook pear, by simply steaming it. But you can really get creative with how you introduce pears into your diet, they can be part of breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert!
Ingredients Asian pear (or any pear variety you can find – organic) Water Cinnamon (optional)
Peel and core your pear, then slice up into thin slices. I don’t like the texture of the thick skin when the rest of the pear is tender, that’s why I remove it before steaming but you can leave it on if you prefer. A small pear is enough for 1 serving, if you have a bigger one and don’t want to eat it all you can cut off a portion and save the rest in a sealed container in the fridge.
You can steam your pear in a bamboo or basket steamer until tender, or you can also just toss it in a pan with a splash of water, cover and cook over medium heat. It should only take about 5 minutes or so.
In the picture above I served the steamed pear over oatmeal with a sprinkle of cinnamon, just don’t add too much cinnamon as it is warming and in excess can further dry your cough. You can also top with a touch of honey or maple syrup if you’d like, it makes a great addition to breakfast. As I mentioned above you can use it however you’d like. How about on top of a warm winter salad, blended into a soup or enjoyed as a low sugar dessert?