Japanese Folklore Remedies



CHILLI PEPPER FOOT BATH - Togarashi - for Cold Feet

Togarashi or red chilli peppers can be used to warm up your feet and stimulate circulation.

  • Add hot water to a bowl or foot bath and add some dried red chilli peppers to it.
  • Sit and soak your feet in the water for about 10 mins.
  • Pat dry with a towel, and moisturise.
  • Also chilli peppers are used to line the shoes in winter


GINGER TEA - Shoga no yu for - Colds, Flu, Arthritis, Nausea, and General Health

  • Grate half a teaspoonful of fresh ginger root into a cup.
  • Add boiling water and some honey if desired.
  • Wait until ginger sinks to bottom of cup, then drink.
  • Can drink this concoction daily.

In the traditional remedy for shoga no yu, the thickener which is called kuzu - a type of arrowroot starch - is used to make a more glutinous tea, and gives the feeling of having a more warming effect on the stomach. Cornstarch could be used as a substitute.


LEEK WRAP - Negi - Sore Throat

Wrap a piece of raw leek loosely in a muslin cloth and tie up the cloth like a scarf so that the leek part is on the front of the neck. Wear overnight for best relief.


YUZU PEEL BATH - For relaxing - Yuzu no Kawa

Add the peeled strips of Yuzu fruit to the bathwater when you start to run the bath. Leave in the bath while you bathe. Grapefruit or tangerines can be used if you can't find Yuzu. All citrus fruits aromas have a calming effect on the senses. It is the Japanese custom to wash yourself clean with soap and water, or shower before you get into the bath, as baths are thought as a place for relaxing, and not for washing off the dirt.


Nightingale Droppings - Uguisu no Fun

Mixed with water and used as a face mask for SKIN CARE skin lightening, dark spot reducing and general beautifying treatment.

NOTE Uguisu no fun is not readily available due to changes in the bird laws of Japan in 2012. Which affect the Japanese nightingale or uguisu


These recipes are based on traditional Japanese folklore remedies for everyday ailments and are for your interest only and are not medical claims. If you would like to try them do not use on small children or frail or elderly people. We bear no responsibility for their use.

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