Thursday, January 04, 2007

Gargling with green tea to stave off the flu

An old Japanese folk remedy for preventing colds is gargling. Perhaps it arose in the fact that a scratchy throat is often the first symptom of a cold.

This belief in the preventative effects of gargling still persists today. In fact, during cold and flu season, school teachers often have their students gargle once or twice a day.

The liquid of choice is usually water, but according to an article in the Nihon Nogyo Shinbun (Japan Agricultural Newspaper), administrators at an elementary school in Yame City are having students gargle with green tea. (Yame, incidentally, is a major producer of green tea.)

You can view Google's translation of the article here.

Kids, why not skip the gargling and just drink the tea.

—Mellow Monk

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