Coix lacryma-jobi is a tall, perennial, grain-bearing grass native to the tropical climate of southeast Asia. Now naturalized around the world, Job’s tears have been employed in Traditional Chinese Medicine for their wellness-supporting properties for centuries. Throughout Asia, Job’s tears are often prepared into a drink, distilled into liquor, or used in culinary recipes to make soups. Also spelled Jobs tears, the grains can be combined with other botanicals in herbal formulations, steeped as tea, or made into a porridge.
Job’s tears is a tall grain-bearing tropical plant of the family Poaceae (grass family) native to Southeast Asia. It has been naturalized in the southern United States and the New World tropics. In its native environment it is grown in higher areas where rice and corn do not grow well. Job’s tears is harvested as a cereal crop, has a soft shell, and is used for its beneficial properties in parts of Asia.
Job’s Tears is used alongside other herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine to invigorate the spleen function and promote urination. In both the Eastern Band of indigenous Cherokee and the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, the beads of job’s tears are called “corn beads” or “Cherokee corn beads” and have been used for personal adornment since at least the time of the united Cherokee Republic.
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