This is not one of those teas I drink for flavor. It’s more for medicinal purposes. It’s great for indigestion, headaches, hangovers, the common cold, relieving fatigue and restoring energy. I have to admit, however that it amps me up a bit so if you are effected by caffeine (like I am) be aware you might get a little cracked out from this tea.
Umeboshi plums – Alkaline, balances the acidity in your stomach and blood.
Kuzu root – Soothes the stomach and strengthens the intestines, high in flavonoids.
Ume Kuzu Tea
- 1 teaspoon kuzu root starch dissolved in 3 teaspoons cold filtered water
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1/2 teaspoon umeboshi paste
Place the kuzu (that has been dissolved in water) and the cup of water in a small pot. Whisking constantly bring the mixture to a simmer (water will turn clear).
Remove from heat, let cool slightly and whisk in the umeboshi paste.
Drink while warm.
Sarah Burchard is the author of The Healthy Locavore, a natural foods chef and experience host whose writing focuses on cooking, holistic health, supporting community and eating locally grown and made foods.