Hi there, dear friends
Earlier I had written about the wonderful health benefits of the watercress soup for cleansing our lungs. This post can be read HERE .
All this while, I have always cooked a savoury version of watercress soup, using either pork or chicken…but today, I decided to do a sweet version. My healer friend had mentioned before that the sweet version tastes even better when it is drank cold after it is refrigerated.
Below is a picture of my large pot of watercress soup – the ingredients were :-
- 1 kg watercress, cleaned and use stems and all
- 400 gm of preserved honey dates or “mutt joe”
- about 4 litres of water or enough water to fill a large pot
Method – Bring all ingredients to a boil, lower fire and simmer for 4 hours.
A mug of delicious, rich coloured, sweet watercress soup.
Just strain off the soup and store it in bottles in the refrigerator. It can be kept for 2 to 3 days, and each of my family member will have at least one cup of this healthy soup each day.
Among the Chinese, the watercress soup is traditionally known to be good for our lungs but it was from my healer friend that I learnt the watercress soup, be it savoury or sweet, has the following health benefits :-
1) it is really effective for detoxifying our lungs of impurities. Smokers and people who live in a polluted environment will benefit greatly from drinking this soup.
2) in TCM, bad breath or halitosis is believed to be caused by heatiness of the lungs, and this soup will cure that. My healer friend was approached one day for a natural remedy by a lady whose husband was having bad breath. He drank the watercress soup over 2 days and his bad breath was gone completely.
3) a soothing remedy for body heatiness, especially during the hot and dry weather.
4) also a good remedy for soothing the lungs from coughs
A word of caution – although I love the taste of watercress soup, my youngest son said it smells terrible. So, you be the judge, okay?
With best wishes for good health,