Coix seed (yi yi ren) October 09 2014
Coix seed is actually a grain, another example of a Chinese Medicinal which balances on the border between food and herb.
Chinese Herbal Properties: cooling, transforming, supplementing
The exquisite specialty of coix is in relieving pore congestion by both balancing skin's water content and cooling the inflammation that can contribute to acne. It is rare for an herb with these qualities to be also supplementing; but coix, like most nutritious grains, has this ability as well.
The Chinese have long recognized coix in particular among grains as a skin-enhancing herb, both when eaten and topically applied.Ground coix is the main ingredient in Chinese Herbal Exfoliating Grains.