Rice porridge with 7 spring herbs

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Rice porridge with 7 spring herbs
Rice porridge with 7 spring herbs

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Rice Porridge with 7 Herbs :

After our New Year Celebration, to soothe and rest our stomachs and digestive system; we have a tradition of eating NANAKUSA KAYU (Rice porridge with 7 herbs) on January 7th.

The herbs are first boiled in light salt water and chopped added to the rice porridge.

The effects of the herbs are as follows :

The 7 Herbs :

1. Water dropwort ( : せり seri) is rich in iron, good for red eye and dizziness.

2. Shepherd’s Purse ( : なずな nazuna) conditions the digestive function.

3. Cudweed (御形 : ごぎょう gogyō) will help you stop coughing and loosen phlegm.

4. Chickweed (繁縷 : はこべら hakobera) contains relatively many protein and minerals, used as medical herb. It will also reduce stomach irritation and help delicate stomach.

5. Nipplewort (仏の座 : ほとけのざ hotokenoza) relieves muscle pain.

6. Turnip ( : すずな suzuna) regulates the stomach and intestines, and reduces fever.

7. Radish (蘿蔔 : すずしろ suzushiro) also helps workings of your stomach and intestines.

Rice porridge with 7 spring herbs

The actual herb looks as follows –

(from the left)

1. Water dropwort ( : せり seri) is rich in iron, good for red-eye and dizziness.

2. Shepherd’s Purse ( : なずな nazuna) conditions the digestive function.

3. Cudweed (御形 : ごぎょう gogyō) will help you stop coughing and loosen phlegm.

4. Chickweed (繁縷 : はこべら hakobera) contains relatively many protein and minerals, used as a medical herb. It will also reduce stomach irritation and help the delicate stomachs.

5. Nipplewort (仏の座 : ほとけのざ hotokenoza) relieves muscle pain.

6. Turnip ( : すずな suzuna) regulates the stomach and intestines and reduces fever.

7. Radish (蘿蔔 : すずしろ

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