Dried Coix Seeds (Yi Yi Ren / Job’s Tears) 500g


Coix Seeds are also known as job’s tears, Yi Yi Ren or Chinese pearl barley. It is one of the most popular food herbs used in China, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Malaysia. It is known to cure arthritis, high cholesterol, hayfever and pain in the joints.

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    Coix Seeds have a number of other names, including job’s tears, Yi Yi Ren and Chinese pearl barley. They are a type of branched grass with broad leaves. Yi Yi Ren is one of the most popular food herbs used in China, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. They are shaped like tears and come in purple, white, brown and yellow. These white seeds can be used to cure arthritis, high cholesterol, hay fever and joint pain.

    Like most grains, coix seeds are rich in nutrients and may provide many health benefits. They are rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. They also contain a high level of iron, calcium and protein.

    Job’s tears are also used in some cultures as beads to make jewellery. The seeds have hard shells which can be polished easily. They also have a hole in the centre which makes them ideal for beading purposes.

    Pearl barley benefits

    Coix is commonly used as a therapeutic herbal remedy. It can also be used in cooking. The seeds contain high levels of essential fatty acids which can help to combat viral infection and relieve inflammation. The many health benefits may include:

    • The seeds can be used to treat ailments of the lungs, large intestines, spleen and stomach. The seeds are sweet and mild in flavour.
    • Herbal practitioners use coix to alleviate digestion problems, abdominal bleeding, constipation and diarrhoea.
    • In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the coix seeds are used to encourage the passage of water in the body to help water retention.
    • Boiled coix seeds can be used to make a tea which is can be beneficial in curing warts. The tea may also help nourish and moisturise the skin. Top Tip: The seeds can be ground with honey to make a smooth paste which can be used to treat problem areas on the skin, such as redness and blemishes.
    • Job’s tears are easy to incorporate into foods. They can be mixed with rice, wild yam and other herbs to make a medical porridge.


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    Weight 0.511 kg


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