macrobiotic ume kuzu drink
UMEBOSHI PLUM AND KUZU TEA
This traditional tea has the property of being highly alkaling forming. In macrobotic practice it can be used to help with any condition that is considered to be worsened by acidicty.
It is therefore used for over acidity in the stomach, headaches, hangovers and indigestion. When fresh grated ginger is added to the drink it bacomes effective for nausea. This could be effective for morning sickness, motion sickness and anxiety.
This versitile drink can also be made using teas such as kukicha, green tea or hojicha, or herbal teas as a base. In addition shoyu or tamari (soya sauce) can be added to create a more rich salty taste. This is considered helpful for healing when feeling very weak.
Umeboshi plums are made from pickling Japanese fruit in salt. The fruit is close to an apricote but often refered to as a plum.
Kuzu is a very strong, wild, mountain root vegetable. It the wild variety will grow around and between rocks. When made into a starch, kuzu becomes a thickener.
ume kuzu drink
1cup (250 ml or 9 fl oz) of water
1 pinch of umeboshi plum
1 tsp kuzu
Put one cup of water in a small pot. Turn the flame on. Meanwhile dissolve the kuzu in a small amount of cold (important!) water. Add it to the tea and keep stirring constantly until the tea thickens. It should only take a few minutes. If you do not stir you may end up with lumps. Once the liquid turns clear and starts to simmer, turn off the heat and allow to cool a little. In a cup put one pinch of umeboshi plum. and pour the warm kuzu over it. Stir and drink warm.
ume kuzu ginger drink
Follow the standard ume kuzu recipe above and then add a half to one teaspoon of fresh ginger to the cup once the kuzu liquid has been poured in.
This can help with nausea.
ume sho kuzu drink
Follow the standard ume kuzu recipe above and then add a half teaspoon of natural shoyu or tamari to the cup once the kuzu liquid has been poured in.
This can help when the digestive system feels weak.
ume kuzu with tea
Follow the standard ume kuzu recipe above but substitute water for one cup of pre made kukicha, green tea or hojicha.
These can help the drink feel more calming and soothing.
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