Japanese Cold and Cough Home Remedies

It is sometimes unavoidable to have the occasional sniffles or to catch the common cough or cold in your travels. Foreign countries may have different policies on what types of medication you are allowed to bring in. Japan in particular is very stringent on the types of medicines you can bring in whether it be over the counter medication or prescription drugs.

Honey. | Rachel

Luckily, there are some wonderful Japanese home remedies that you can try that just might chase away your ailment.

Umeboshi  (pickled plums) was part of a samurai’s field ration because it was said to combat fatigue.  If you feel like you have the flu, umeboshi, when heated in low heat and added to hot tea, can cause you to sweat, thus lowering your temperature. The citric acid found in umeboshi acts as an antibacterial agent and also helps increase the production of saliva which aids in proper digestion.

Honey  is an effective cough suppressant and works similar to the over the counter medication dextromethorphan. Medical studies indicate that honey seems to reduce nighttime coughing as well as improve sleep.

Daikon  (radish) is rich in Vitamin C that strengthens the immune system and helps the body combat respiratory diseases.  Raw daikon juice also helps dissolve phlegm and mucus.

Renkon (lotus root) is used in many cooking techniques: pickled, stir fried, an ingredient for salads, and as a dry snack food in Japan. It is also known to have tannins (a type of biomolecule) and polyphenols that are effective in relieving hay fever.

Renkon. | Jack

Green tea is rich in antioxidant polyphenols and flavonoids, and may also have antiviral properties. Green tea can be an effective way to relieve a sore throat by mixing a strong cup and allowing it to cool for 30 minutes. Instead of drinking it, gargle with it.

Mixing honey and daikon also makes a great natural cough and cold remedy. Next time you’re feeling a bit under the weather, try a more healthful, more natural approach.