Shogayu is a Japanese version of ginger tea that is used as a home remedy to treat the common cold. This soothing and spicy herbal tea certainly warms up the body in cold seasons.
Ginger is not only a spicy root to give a kick to dishes, but it has been used as a medicine for hundreds of years all over the world. In the US, ginger is known to be effective to treat nausea such as seasickness and morning sickness. Japanese people have used ginger in the form of Shogayu to fight colds for generations and generations. The effect of the spiciness of ginger helps raise your body temperature to remedy a cold.
The ways of making Shogayu are different for each home, but all use ginger root and a sweetener. Here we used honey, but you could use sugar instead. A little lemon or Yuzu citrus juice may be nice to add for extra flavor and nutrients. You can adjust the amount of ginger depending on how hot you want it to be. We thickened the tea with starch to keep it warm longer, but you could omit it if you prefer.
If you feel like you may be coming down with something, have this hot Shogayu and go to bed right away. You’ll feel much better the next day.
- 2 tsp ginger root, grated
- 1 1/2 cup (360ml) water
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 2 tsp Katakuriko (potato starch) or cornstarch plus 2 tsp water
- Grate ginger.
- In a pot, add water, ginger and honey, and put on medium heat until just before boiling.
- Mix Katakuriko and 2 tsp of water well in a small bowl. Add the slurry to the tea and stir well. Heat for a couple of minutes until it has thickened a little.