Healing Soup for the Change of Seasons

As we all know that the change of season can easily cause a common cold.   Eating soup is a good way to boost up your qi.

There is no big secret to vegetable soup.  I eat it all the time, especially during the change of seasons to prevent colds from coming on.  I particularly like it during the colder months, summer to fall, because it helps to warm the body and open the respiratory system with aromatic vegetables.

1 large yellow onion
4 carrots
2 turnips
2 celery stalks
1 bay leaf
fresh parsley
1 teaspoon of sea salt or kosher salt

optional: broccoli stalks, cauliflower leaves, turnip greens, or any root vegetable

The simple directions for vegetable soup

Put 8 cups of water up to boil.   Chop all the vegetables.  Put in the ingredients in the soup.  Gently boil for 20 minutes.  Serve with toast or add noodles.

The Ingredients Analysis

Chinese medicine describes foods in terms of their properties.  Aromatic vegetables, such as the onion and the turnips will help to fight off viruses by warming the body. Celery and parsley are bitter as well as aromatic.  This will open the respiratory system but also create circulation in the body. Carrots are sweet and used to boost to body’s energy.  Naturally healthy sweet foods tend to give the body qi.

Mix them together you get a rich tonifying soup.

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.
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