Korean Home Remedies To Prepare Your Body For This Winter Season

Korean Home Remedies To Prepare Your Body For This Winter Season

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Now that the cold weather has arrived, it’s more important than ever to try our best to stay healthy and give your body some extra tender love and care. There are a number of ways to be proactive with your health before going straight to over-the-counter options. Koreans, who are no stranger to the cold, have come up with some of the best home remedies to help them during the winter season from preventing/treating sickness to boosting overall body health.

1. Korean Yuja Tea

Teas are by far a staple when it comes to curing a sickness; they have so many health benefits depending on which tea you drink. One that is most popular in Korea for preventing/curing the common cold and flu is the Korean Yuja Tea. This tea has tons of vitamin C which aids in treating coughs and sore throats. It’s very simple to make, all you need is hot water and fresh Yuja. Yuja is a Korean citrus fruit that is sweet and tart, similar to lemon and orange. If that isn’t available to you, no need to worry we have our very own Yuja Tea that you can purchase! It can be enjoyed hot or cold and are packaged individually so you can take it with you on the go.

Recipe Here: Yuja Tea

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2. Steamed Asian Pear with Honey (Bae Suk)

Another excellent home remedy for a cold is steamed Asian pear with honey. The pear and honey helps with digestion, coughs, and sore throats, while the ginger provides a warming/soothing effect. In addition to that, it tastes delicious as well so it feels like you’re having a treat. Many will enjoy this even when they’re not feeling ill.

Recipe here: Bae Suk

3. Korean Ginseng 

Korean ginseng is jam packed with antioxidants and has been used to improve overall health in various asian countries. It helps with improving the immune system and increasing your metabolism which in turn makes your body feel warmer, great for the colder weather. You can have the ginseng raw, or stew it in water to make a tea. Ready-to-go ginseng drink packets are also popularly sold for those who may be short on time! However you choose to enjoy it, it will surely help you feel better when your body is not feeling its best.

Recipe Here: Ginseng Tea (Insam Cha)

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4. Ginseng Chicken Soup 

We’re all familiar with the classic chicken noodle soup and we can agree that it’s one of the best dishes to have when you’re sick. Samgyetang is exactly that, a Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup that is believed to cure and prevent ailments as it has a lot of protein, vitamins and nutrients. It’s most often used to fight “heat with heat”. The concept is that by drinking hot soup it will help you sweat and detox, which will allow your body to regulate itself. After drinking it, your body will have cooled down and you’ll feel rejuvenated. If this sold you and you’re considering trying this wonderful soup out for yourself, there are lots of Samgyetang ingredient kits that’ll have everything you need. You won’t even need to go through the hassle of shopping! 

Recipe here: Easy Samgyetang

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5. Korean Rice Porridge (Jook) 

Jook or also known as rice porridge was first eaten by those in impoverished communities that needed to make the most of the grains that they had; it went on to soothe sickness and alleviate hunger. Jook is often made with just a few ingredients that are packed with nutrients such as mushrooms and ginseng. It’s a simple dish which makes it easily digestible, perfect for those who have an upset stomach.

Recipe here: Chicken and Mushroom Juk With Scallion Sauce

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6. Spicy Beef Soup (Yukgaejang)

This spicy beef soup is great to make when you’re sick and don’t have the energy to throw down in the kitchen. You put all your meat and vegetables in one pot and let your dinner come together all on its own. For extra convenience you can buy Instant Yukgaejang to cut down cooking time even more! It’s packed with flavor and heat from the chili pepper flakes, which will clean your liver and open up your sinuses to allow for better breathing. Say goodbye to that terrible stuffy nose! 

Recipe Here: Yukgaejang

Now that you have all these home remedies, you’re more than ready to fight any cold that may be coming your way. Don’t forget to share these remedies with your friends and family; it’ll definitely be a life saver for them. All this to say, you should still remember to bundle up for this winter season so we can all be at our healthiest!