Steamed salted oranges are an easy home remedy if you have an annoying cough that just won’t go away. This remedy should only be used for a persistent cough and not if you catch a cold.
According to Soluheal: “Oranges in Chinese medicine have the property of neutral and sweet, so oranges benefit the stomach and spleen, and nourish the yin of those two organs. It means that oranges are good for a cough that is dry, and it is also safer for long-term use.”
Here is how:
1. Wash an orange and soak it in salted water for 15 minutes to melt away the wax on the surface. (This is an optional step, and is mainly to clean the orange.)
2. Cut off the orange top like a lid. Sprinkle some salt, about 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp, on the exposed orange. Use a chopstick to poke some holes in it. Place the “lid” back on.
3. Put the whole orange in a bowl. Steam it for 15 minutes after the water boils.
4. When done, peel away the skin and eat all the pulp, and drink up the juice in the bowl as well.
1. Make sure the orange is clean. Soaking in salted water can sterilize it to some extent.
2. There should be a small amount of salt, otherwise the taste will turn foul.
Pears are also another popular fruit the Chinese use to cure coughs and respiratory ailments.
They go well with Sichuan Fritillaria cirrhosa, also known as chuanbeimu, and rock sugar or honey for stewing. Or simply cut out the core and steam with rock sugar and fritillaria powder.
The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.
Translated research by Cecilia Kwan and Alan Cheung