Kuzu

Kuzu root is cool and sweet energetically, and acts on the stomach and large intestine. Thus, it is great for diarrhea. You can try any of the following recipes, but note that the last recipe is for more acute conditions. These teas are good for balancing acidity, for treating ulcers, gastritis, colds, intestinal flu, and sore throats, and for restoring the appetite. They are also helpful for relaxing aching muscles, soothing hot skin eruptions, and easing toothaches.

Recipes:

Kuzu Ginger Tea (the best one for sore throats)

  • 1 tsp. of kuzu
  • 1/2 cup water (4 oz.)
  • 1 pinch of freshly grated ginger

Dissolve the kuzu in 1 tsp. of cold water to make a thick paste. Add the remaining water slowly. Place over low heat, simmer until the liquid is clear, then remove from heat immediately. Stir in the ginger and sip while warm.

Kuzu-Soya Tea

  • 1 tsp. of kuzu
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 dash of soya sauce, such as tamari

Dissolve the kuzu in one tsp. of cold water and make a paste. Slowly add the remaining water, then place over low heat and simmer until the liquid is clear. Remove from the heat immediately, and add a dash of soya. Let the tea cool slightly, and then drink it all at once.

Kuzu Tea For Acute Conditions

  • 1 umeboshi plum
  • 1 dash of ginger
  • 1 tbsp. soya sauce
  • 1 rounded tbsp/ kuzu
  • 1 cup of bancha tea

Dissolve the kuzu in a little bancha tea. Heat the rest of the tea and add the dissolved kuzu. Leave the mixture on low heat until it starts to simmer and becomes clear, which should take just a few seconds. Add an ume plum (or ume plum paste), soya sauce, and ginger juice. Stir over low heat 2-3 minutes. Drink the tea hot, on an empty stomach. Do not eat for an hour afterwards.

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