Many macrobiotic drinks are very nourishing and satisfying for me. They support my physical and mental wellbeing and help me to stay centered. Some work to detoxify while others are soothing or strengthen heart and liver, yet others work to fight lethargy and tiredness. I’ve been successfully using macrobiotic drinks as home remedies for years now. When I’ve got a cold or a flu, I make a kuzu drink with high quality soy sauce – but more on that below. Generally, I try to treat my ailments with natural remedies.
Macrobiotic drinks like grain tea or Bancha taste fantastic and can be enjoyed daily. I’ve compiled a list here of the most common macrobiotic teas and beverages for your perusal below.
Macrobiotic Drinks for Everday
You can drink Bancha daily. It contains only a small amount of caffeine and is very beneficial for vegetarians and vegans, as Bancha contains loads of iron. This makes it a great companion during pregnancy or menstruation. Find high quality Bancha tea here.
Kukicha contains even less caffeine than Bancha, which is why it can still be enjoyed in the evening. Kukicha is made up of small twigs and other parts of the tea plant. It has a mild, creamy flavor and my kids like to mix it with apple juice. Find high quality Kukicha tea here.
Yannoh Grain Coffee
A sweet alternative to regular coffee, grain coffee contains no caffeine at all. I can also highly recommend umeboshi, which is also caffeine free. I prefer to make my own Yannoh – recipe coming soon. You can find Yannoh in most well-stocked health food stores, or order it online in instant or filter-coffee form.
This drink has a pleasantly soothing effect, especially on kids. I gave it to my little ones during the weaning process, though it can also be great for adults with late-night munchie attacks. I use two cups of wholegrain brown rice (cooked!) and eight cups of filtered water. Mix with a spoonful of almond butter and two spoonfuls rice syrup in a pot and simmer for 15 minutes. Then blend thoroughly and strain through a sieve. Enjoy!
This is one of my favorites – so yummy! I like to make it with rice, but you can use other grains as well. Barley is delicious too, and especially good for the skin. To make grain tea, simply take eight tablespoons of your grain of choice, wash thoroughly, and then roast in a pan for a few minutes. Add eight cups of water and bring to a boil for 20 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
Macrobiotic home remedies
15 years ago, I had a series of operations in my belly. Mu tea helped to restore me. It contains ginseng and strengthens those who have lost their resilience. Especially in winter, when colds are going around or the stomach flu strikes, Mu tea gives strength. It should be enjoyed in moderation. Check here to order Mu tea.
Lotus roots work to loosen phlegm, especially during a stubborn cough. I make this tea with fresh lotus roots, but you can use the powdered kind as well. One teaspoon lotus powder in two cups of water brought to a boil, a few drops of tamari and voila – enjoy! Using fresh lotus roots, grate two teaspoons and brew in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Strain and add a few drops of tamari.
Apple-kuzu drink works wonders when you’re stressed and everything feels tight and constricted. It calms the nerves and soothes the intestines. It’s also wonderful for sudden hunger attacks. Check here for instructions on how to make.
Kuzu with soy sauce/ tamari and umeboshi plum also works tonifying during typical yin ailments like stomach flu or the common cold. Whenever I got queasy in India, I always had this drink handy. Dissolve one teaspoon kuzu in cold water and warm gradually while stirring. When the kuzu is fully dissolved, add a small piece of umeboshi plum and a splash or tamari. Drink immediately.
There are countless other macrobiotic drinks out there. This sampling includes the ones that are the most present for me and my family.