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Tropical Smoothie

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Stomach Fire, Summerheat


Tropical Smoothie

Servings: 1 large or 2 small

Prelude: Enjoy the tastes of the tropics with a thick, rich and healthy smoothie. It’s packed with fruits

so make sure to pick seasonal varieties – they’re higher in vital nutrients and they taste so much better.

However, if it’s the dead of winter, frozen fruits will get the job done too.


½ cup pineapple (chilled or frozen) – clears heat and promotes fluids

½ cup mango (chilled or frozen) –

½ cup watermelon (chilled or frozen) – relieves irritability and dry mouth

1 cup low-fat cottage cheese

1 cup low-fat milk

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a countertop blender. Blend on high until mixture is a smooth consistency.

Contraindications:  Spleen Qi or Yang Vacuity leading to Damp

Watermelon Champagne Sangria

Categories: Heart and Small Intestine Fire, Liver Qi Stagnation

Watermelon Champagne Sangria

Makes 6 servings.

2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
1 seedless orange, peeled and broken into sections¨
1 apple, wedged
1 Asian pear, wedged
1 cup seedless grapes, cut into halves
1 bottle dry champagne of choice
Toss the fruit together in a bowl or pitcher. Pour the champagne over and let sit for at least 2 hours or more.

TCM analysis:
Watermelon: Sweet, cold. ST, HT, UB. Clears heat toxin, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, promotes urination.
Orange: Sweet, sour, cool. LV, LU, ST, UB. Clears heat, soothes LV, nourishes fluids.
Apple: Sweet, sour, cool. SP, ST, HT, LU. Supplements LU, SP, ST, moistens LU and LI, clears heat and promotes body fluids.
Asian pear — cold & sweet: generates fluids, calms HT, relieves restlessness, clears heat, detoxifies
Grapes: Sweet, sour, neutral. LV, KD, UB. Tonifies qi and blood, nourishes yin and body fluids, strengthens bone and tendon, promotes urination.
Champagne: Pungent, sweet, warm. ST, LV, HT. Expels cold, invigorates blood, stops pain.
Overall: Clears heat from HT. The heat from the wine is offset by the cooling nature of the fruits. Should be used in small quantities.

Watermelon Mint Granite

Categories: Summerheat, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Watermelon Mint Granite

10 cups of chopped watermelon (Cold, Sweet – clears heat)
Juice from ½ lemon (Sour, Tonifies Lungs, moderates LV – Helps stop excessive sweating)
4 leaves of mint (Cool, acrid – Vents the exterior)
1T agave syrup (protects spleen)

Put watermelon and mint in a blender and puree. Add lemon juice and agave syrup to taste and blend thoroughly. Pour in glass baking dish and freeze. Stir occasionally as ice starts to form.
Serves 8

Watermelon Soup

Categories: Dryness, Fluid Vacuity, Gluten-free, Soup, Summerheat, Vegetarian


Watermelon Soup Recipe

4 cups seeded watermelon cubes
1/3 cup pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt
Process first 5 ingredients and honey, if desired, in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Cover and chill 1 hour. Serve in individual bowls with a dollop of yogurt.

Serving Size:
1 Cup/4 servings per recipe

by Nanci Bankier

Watermelon soup could be used to quench thirst and relive summerheat and irritability. Watermelon is considered, in TCM, to be sweet and cold and it goes to the UB, HRT, and ST channels. The functions of the watermelon in the soup promotes: urination, can help relieve constipation, sore throat, dry mouth, and even toothache. The pomegranate also has some actions that benefit the KD, as well as the LU and LV. In TCM, pomegranate is considered to be sweet, astringent, and cold. The pomegranate juice in the soup can help promote fluids, quench thirst and astringe intestines which would help issues of leucorrhea, bleeding, and diarrhea. The mint in the recipe and help clear heat from the body, and help relieve a sore throat.

Watermelon Salsa

Categories: Raw, Side Dishes, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian

watermelon salsa

Watermelon Salsa


* 3 cups finely diced seedless watermelon, (about 2 1/4 pounds with the rind) (see Tip)
* 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced (see Ingredient note)
* 1/3 cup chopped cilantro, (about 1/2 bunch)
* 1/4 cup lime juice
* 1/4 cup minced red onion, (about 1/2 small)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste


1. Place watermelon, jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice and onion in a medium bowl; stir well to combine. Season with salt. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Analysis – This recipe is great to clear and prevent Summerheat and Dampness.



Categories: Kidney & Urinary Bladder Qi Vacuity, Salad, Summerheat, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetarian

½  Watermelon

1 Bushel of Grapes

1 C Lotus Seeds (Soaked)

2 Carrots

1 Bag of Spinach


  • Soak the lotus seeds in water over night.
  • Cut up the watermelon and grapes. Grate the carrots with a large handheld grater or use a vegetable peeler.
  • Place all of the ingredients into a large bowl and stir it up.

Serve for your friends or family when the sun is out, temperature is up, and you want to get your thirst on!


TCM Analysis

Watermelon: Sweet, Cold; ST, HT, UB; Clears heat toxin, Quenches thirst, Promotes Urination, Relieves irritability; Difficult Urination, Summer-heat, Irritability, Sores, Dry mouth

Grape: Sweet, Sour, Neutral; Promotes Urination, Nourishes Yin and Body Fluids; Edema, Yin Xu

Lotus Seed: Sweet, Neutral, Astringent; SP, HT, KD; Stabilizes and Binds Essence, Supplements SP, HT, and KD; Diarrhea, Spermatorrhea, Insomnia, Palpitations

Carrot: Sweet, Neutral; SP, LV, LU, HT; Diuretic, Anti-Inflammatory

Spinach: Sweet, Cold, ST, LI; Stabilizes Yin, Moistens dryness


Overall Intended Actions

This recipe is intended to be used during the summer months when folks need to quench their thirst, battle the summer heat, and nourish body fluids.  Most of the ingredients are cold to help reduce heat for summer heat, insomnia or palpitations and support the overall approach to nourish fluids.  Ingredients like Watermelon and Grape are going to help promote urination while Lotus Seed is going to astringe and hold in the essence.