Tofu is amazing stuff really. It can be tender, silky, chewy or firm. It can take on most any flavor. It can replace eggs or milk in recipes and provide a nice source of protein. It's also fantastic for pulling things out of the skin, calming redness and reducing swelling.
This morning I was walking to Whole Foods. It was a quiet Sunday morning with few people out walking the normally busy streets. Suddenly out of nowhere a bug flew into my left eye. I reflexively grabbed it and it stung me just below the inside corner of my eye. I don't know if it was a bee or a wasp. I do know it hurt and I got frightened. The last time I was stung I was probably about 3,4 or 5 years old and my hand grew to 5 times its normal size from the little sting. I was very worried I was about to have an allergic reaction and this was my face!!!
I grabbed some extra firm tofu at Whole Foods forgetting whatever else I had been thinking of purchasing and got back to where I am staying. I looked in the mirror and the damages were not all that bad. Redness and swelling that made me look tired but not too terrible. I cut off a small piece of the tofu and held it to the spot. I kept switching sides of the tofu that were touching my skin. The tofu starts out cool and then as it picks up heat from the body it absorbs it so I wanted a new cooler side every so often. After about 30 minutes the redness and swelling seem to be completely gone. Even a nearby blemish sees to have healed up too.
Give tofu a whirl on any swelling. It's easier than an ice pack and can draw out toxins as well!!