9 Korean Medicinal Tea You Must Have at Home

9 Korean Medicinal Tea You Must Have at Home
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Traveling to Asia is not all about awesome foods and modern skyscrapers, or visiting the beaches, and cheap finds. It is also known for many local medicinal products that locals have been using for as long as they can remember.

And Korea is one of the countries in Asia that are popular in this area.

Here’s the selection of Korean medicinal tea, their benefits, and we recommend that you sourced these teas before ending your trip.

1. Daechucha

Daechucha is a tea made from jujubes. The tea, deep brown or maroon and sweet, is rich in iron, potassium, and vitamins A, B1, and B2. Accordingly, it has long been used as a medicine for conditions such as neurasthenia, anemia, lack of appetite, and lethargy. It’s also good for the skin.

To make the tea, boil dried jujubes in water. You can also prepare it by adding a syrup of concentrated jujubes to boiling water. To make the syrup, simmer dried jujubes on low heat for up to a day. You can garnish the tea with pine nuts.

2. Ssanghwacha

Ssanghwacha, or “double harmony tea,” is made by boiling a variety of herbs, including Japanese Peony, Rehmanniae radix, Angelica gigas, Cnidium officinale, cinnamon, and Glycyrrhiza uralensis. As the name suggests, the tea brings into harmony the two elements of the human condition: energy, or chi, and blood or hyeol. Like daechucha, it is deep brown in color, but with a bitter flavor.

People commonly drink ssanghwacha in the winter, especially when they’re suffering from colds. Indeed, nearly every convenience store in Korea carries small bottles of tea. When you order the tea in a teahouse, it is sometimes served with an egg yolk.

3. Saenggangcha

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Saenggangcha, or “ginger tea,” is just what it purports to be – tea made from ginger, usually by boiling slices of ginger in water or by adding sweetened ginger concentrate to boiling water. Sweeteners such as honey or sugar can be added to mask the pungent flavor of the ginger.

Ginger root is very high in vitamin C, making it good for preventing or curing colds. It’s also a digestive aid, stimulating the appetite and soothing the stomach. Ginger also helps relieves nausea.

4. Maesilcha

Maesilcha is a sweet, sour tea made by mixing a syrup of concentrated plums with hot or cold water, depending on whether you’d like to serve the tea hot or cold. To make the syrup, mix ripe plums and sugar in equal measure and leave them for 100 days. The one-to-one ratio of sugar to plums is important as it prevents the mixture from fermenting into wine.

Maesilcha’s sour flavor gets the digestive organs moving, making it a remedy for indigestion. It also promotes the excretion of gastric juices, helping to alleviate heartburn.

5. Yujacha

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Yujacha is a sweet tea made from the Korean citron or yuja. The yuja is a citrus fruit with a flavor similar to that of a lemon. Like the lemon, it’s also very rich in vitamin C – three times as rich in the vitamin as lemons, in fact. Not surprisingly, therefore the tea prepared from the fruit is good for fighting off coughs and colds as well as for alleviating indigestion. According to the “Donguibogam,” it also freshens the breath of heavy drinkers.

Yujacha is made by mixing yuja marmalade, or yujacheong, with hot water. To make the marmalade, mix thinly sliced yuja with honey and sugar and let it sit for three to four months.

6. Gugijacha

Gugijacha is made from dried goji berries or leaves of the Korean boxthorn or gugija. The sweet tea – rich in betaine, methionine, lecithin, rutin, and potassium – helps relieve night sweats, pneumonia, cough, hematemesis, inflammation, and diabetes mellitus.

Preparing the tea involves boiling dried gogi berries in water. If you’re preparing the tea from the leaf rather than the berries, just place the dried leaves in hot water and wait for them to infuse. You can also add honey to sweeten the beverage.

7. Omijacha

Omija is made from the wonderful magnolia berry or omija. The Korean name, which translates as “five flavor berry,” reflects the berry’s flavor, which includes sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness, and pungency. The tea, which can be served hot or cold, possesses a bright red hue. The beverage is said to be good for your liver. It is also good for fighting colds.

Like many other teas, omijacha is prepared from a syrup of concentrate. To make the syrup, mix the berries with sugar and store it for at least five days. Alternately, you could steep dried omija berries for several hours.

8. Sipjeondaebotang

Sipjeondaebotang may be the most “medicinal” of Korea’s herbal teas. Its name roughly translates as a “soup made from 10 medicinal herbs that wholly protect the body.” The 10 ingredients can include ginseng, angelica root, kneeling angelica, peony, milk vetch root, cinnamon, white atractylodes, deer antler, Helen, and foxglove. These are boiled for a long time in hot water with ginger and jujubes. These are boiled for a long time in hot water with ginger and jujubes. The result is potent, if perhaps a tad bitter concoction that boosts the immune system and invigorates the body. It’s especially good for people with weak constitutions – people who have been ill for a while, for instance.

9. Gukhwacha

Gukhwacha, or chrysanthemum tea, is made by drying chrysanthemum flowers and preserving them in honey for about a month. The flowers are then brewed in tea. Chrysanthemum tea is visually spectacular, with the rehydrated flowers seeming to spring back to life in a cup of bright yellow tea. The beverage has a delicate, slightly sweet flavor.

According to Korean medicine, chrysanthemum tea was said to cool down the liver when the organ is overheated from continued stress. The tea is also good for relieving headaches and eye strain, improving circulation, fighting colds, and preventing gastrointestinal disorders, including stomach inflammation and stomach cancer. The tea is also an anti-inflammatory and a detoxifier.

9 Korean Medicinal Tea You Must Have at Home

Have these nine Korean teas at home and make your Momma proud!

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