The flavor associated with the lungs is pungent/spicy. That means, especially at this time of year when respiratory ailments run rampant, both too much or too little of this flavor can affect the health and proper functioning of the lungs.
During the winter months, it’s imperative to give the lungs the flavor it needs to function optimally otherwise you may likely suffer from respiratory trouble, nasal congestion, and/or excess phlegm. The sense organ associated with the lungs is the nose and the ability to smell and taste. The pungent and spicy flavor helps to clear the sinuses and stimulate the lungs into action. We can all witness the action of this flavor when we eat a spicy red radish or some green wasabi at a Japanese restaurant – those radishes will “open” your nasal and respiratory passages for sure!
Here’s a quick and easy radish recipe to help clear some congestion:
- 6-8 breakfast radishes, cleaned
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- Sea Salt flakes
- 1 tbsp. cilantro
Bring water to a boil. Add sea salt. Drop radishes into the boiling water and blanch for 45-50 seconds. Remove from the water and let cool (or drop into an ice-bath). Whisk olive oil, lemon juice and black pepper. In a mixing bowl, toss radishes with dressing and garnish with cilantro and sea salt flakes.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.