Shogayu: Japanese Ginger Tea to Prevent and Cure Colds
Winter is just around the corner here in Japan, and accordingly, it is getting colder day by day. Because of that, there is a cold going around me now, but fortunately, I haven’t caught it yet.
Yesterday, I went to a drugstore near my house to buy foodstuffs, where I saw a wide range of cold medicines on the shelves near the entrance. In addition to them, I noticed a seasonal product unique to Japan lined up there.
In Japan, the product is often offered for sale in a big way during the chilly winter months, because it is effective in the treatment and prevention of the common cold.
Shoga-Yu (生姜湯: Japanese Ginger Tea)
Actually, what I found at the entrance of the drugstore was the base powder of Japanese ginger tea called “Shoga Yu (生姜湯: literally meaning hot ginger water in Japanese)”.
Shogayu is a healthy tea familiar to us Japanese, which is often drunk for the purpose of preventing and curing colds in the cold winter season, like the Japanese arrowroot tea “Kuzuyu (葛湯)“.
The majority of the bases of Shogayu tea come in powder form and are sold in many drugstores around the country during the wintertime.
How to Make Shogayu Tea (Easy Recipe)
It may be difficult to get Japanese Shogayu tea bases in countries outside of Japan, but you can easily make the ginger tea with the following recipe.
- Grate a small piece of ginger
- Put the grated ginger and some honey or black syrup together in a cup
- Pour in boiling water into the cup and stir well with a teaspoon
Additionally, some Japanese like to add some Katakuriko potato starch to the cup in order to keep the body fully warm by thickening the ginger tea.
Ginger is a plant that is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine. As this indicates, the food is good for health with excellent benefits, which include
- Warming the body and boosting metabolism
- Making mushy, dirty blood into the smooth, clean one
- Enhancing the immune system by increasing the number of white blood cells
- Suppressing the symptom of coughing
- Activating the digestive processes of the stomach
- Sterilizing bacteria
Since the base ingredient of Shogayu is ginger, from the above you can see the traditional Japanese ginger tea is excellent in preventing and curing colds.