If you’re interested in learning more about Korean home remedies, you should get acquainted with these popular home remedies in Korea. Food and medicine have also always been closely linked to Korean culture. The ability to boost one’s “well-being” is still one of the most popular marketing claims for food products in Korea today.
Korean Yuja Cha (Yuzu Tea)
Korean Yuja Cha (Yuzu Tea) is deliciously sweet and tart and full of Vitamin C. Popular as a Korean cold and flu remedy, it is very easy to make at home if you can find fresh citron. If you cannot find fresh Yuja, then many Asian groceries and almost all Korean markets will sell the Yuja Chung (Citron Tea Marmalade).
Chicken Soup With Ginseng (Sam Gae Tang)
Chicken soup with ginseng (Sam Gae Tang) is used as a restorative when people are sick or weak like chicken soup is used in the West, but it’s more traditionally eaten and enjoyed during the summer months. Koreans like to drink hot soup or stews during the summer months in an effort to fight the heat with heat.
Jook (Rice Porridge)
Jook (rice porridge) was always eaten in Korea to stretch grains for the poor and to soothe sick, young, or elderly bellies. It’s still enjoyed as a snack, breakfast, a light meal, or as comfort food for the sick. Food and medicine are still closely linked in Korea, so this ginseng porridge is both restorative and medicinal.
Asian Pears With Honey
Asian pears with honey are a simple and effective home remedy for coughs and sore throat. Korean grandmother used to do this for us when they were little. Unlike many over-the-counter cough medicines, it helps to heal the symptoms and not just suppress them. Enjoy this delicious and medicinal snack 2 to 3 times a day while you’re fighting the cold virus.
Korean Bean Sprout Soup
Korean bean sprout soup, which is both cheap and easy to make, has a light and refreshing flavor. Healthy, full of vitamin C, and low in calories, it’s also supposed to be good for hangovers. Add a splash of red pepper flakes (kochukaru) and it’s great for colds as well.
Spicy Beef Soup (Yuk Gae Jan)
Spicy beef soup (Yuk Gae Jan) is a hearty Korean soup that warms you from your lips to your toes. Full of meat and vegetables, it’s fiery red, bold, and spicy. Yuk Gae Jang is a one-pot meal that requires little hands-on time but tastes like you’ve spent all day making it. The chili peppers clear your sinuses and clean your liver out.
These Korean home remedies for colds, hangovers, and low energy have been used for hundreds of years. Koreans are interested in the strong connection between food and medicine, and ginseng is a restorative tea that gives a boost to one’s health and vitality. You can try their recipes to boost your body in the middle of pandemic!