Health Benefits of Job's Tears

  


Job's Tears is also known as Semen Coicis or Coix larcryma jobi.  They are wild grasses growing in damp areas along river banks and valleys of South China.  In fact, Job's Tears is native to South East Asia and was first introduced to China about 2000 years ago.  It's seeds has since then become on the highest regarded nutrient tonics in China.  It is known as yi yi ren in Chinese grocery stores.  It is also called "pearl barley" although it is not part of the barley family.
 

 

Health benefits of Job's Tears

  1. Promote urination

  2. Improves edema

  3. Aids urinary difficulties

  4. Increase the range of movement for the joints in some cases of chronic arthritis

  5. Clears heat linking to intestinal and lung abscesses and sores with pus

  6. Treat plantar warts

  7. Treat diarrhea

  8. Slows down the growth of cancer cells.

A Recipe using Job's Tears

  1. Job's Tears and Red Dates Porridge

    Ingredients
     

    • 20-30 grams Job's Tears

    • 3 Chinese red dates or black dates

    • 1 litre water
       

    Method
     

    • Soak the Job's Tears in water for about 1 to 2 hours then drain well.

    • Place the Job's Tears together with the water into a saucepan and bring to boil until cooked.  If necessary, add more water.

    • Bruise the skins of the red dates or black dates and add them in to sweeten the flavour of the porridge.
       

    This porridge is helpful to the stomach, spleen, lungs, liver and the large intestines.

    Job's Tears can also be combined with Chinese wild yam, goji berries, sweet rice and other herbs to make healthy porridges of different flavours.  The amount of water to grains plus herbs should be in a ration of 4:6 then you just need to cook for about 2 hours.

 

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