Dried daikon leaves
Excellent, most fiberrich green leafy vegetable.
Delicious as a garnish, in quick sauteé and other vegetable dishes and is best known in a home remedy called hip bath which is helpful for an improvement on women’s reproductive organ conditions.
This autumn all staff and students from the Kushi Institute collect among the pumpkins, the daikon leaves as well.
The fresh daikon leaves were dried in a shady place until they are brown and brittle.
Storage advice: packed and stored in a dark, cool place.
Daikon hip bath
This treatment warms the body and is good for women’s reproductive organs, skin problems, drawing out excess fat and oil from the body, and discharging body odors arising from consumption of animal foods.
Place about 4 or 5 bunches of dried leaves (Deshima pack in 50g), or a handful of arame, in a large pot. Add 4 or 5 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a medium flame and simmer until water is brown. Add approximately 1 cup of any kind of sea salt to the pot and stir well to dissolve. Pour the hot liquid into a small tubor bath. Add water until the bath level is bllow your navel when sitting in the tub. Keep the temperature as hot as possible and cover your upper body with a large towel to induce perspiration. Stay in the bath for 10 to 20 minutes or until the hip becomes very red and hot. Keep this hip area warm after coming out of the bath. This bath is best and most effective just before bedtime, but at least an hour after eating.
Apply this bath according to the individual condition consulting your medical practitioner or an experienced macrobiotic counsellor.
The the best results in general are applying this bath every evening for a period of 3 months. Do not indicate during the menstruation period.
If daikon leaves are not available, use turnip leaves or a handful of arame sea vegetable or do a salt hip bath, following the process outlined above, using a handful of any kind of sea salt in the hot bath water.
Excerpt used from the book The Macrobiotic Path to Total Health by Michio Kushi and Alex Jack
This book and many more books on macrobiotic nutrition, health, philosophy, life style and cooking are available in Deshima Freshop and Deshima Mail Order.
For the studies on many more macrobiotic home remedies, a.o. natural apporach to daily life style please read more in the Art of Life School; Art of Cooking School and Women’s Health Program information.