Althea Talk #011: Benefits of the Omija Berry
One of the biggest issues for me on being an entrepreneur is that you really need to learn how to juggle a tough schedule as well as make sure you are healthy. While I was at TMON, my health took a turn for the worse as I opted for quick and easy solutions of fast food delivery. Add stress to your workload and that just becomes a recipe for a bad liver.
I took a trip to an Eastern medicine practitioner. Some people say that Eastern medicine is voodoo, but I like to keep my options open. I like to compare and visualize the two different practices of medicine like this in my head: Western medicine uses external forces to remedy the situation, whereas Eastern medicine stimulates the body to make it heal itself. I like to think that both are valid attempts at healing the body. Anyways, he recommended that I drink a lot of omija tea, which is how I got to know more about the berry.
In Korean, omija literally stands for five flavors, which refers to the flavors of sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness, and pungency. What I have done was to take dried omija berries and “cold brew” the tea, fancy terminology for just putting dried omija berries into a bottle of lukewarm water, which I just leave out (closed) for a day. The infused water will look pink afterward.
Apparently, there are a ton of health benefits that come from this super berry! Mine was to help with blood circulation and improve the function of the liver. Here is a list I found on the web regarding the list of benefits (you can read the whole article here).
- Enhance the immune system
- As a powerful antioxidant
- Treat respiratory ailments
- Improves respiratory system functioning
- For anti-aging and longevity
- Treat sore throats, colds, and coughs
- Treat insomnia and night sweats
- Treat mental and physical exhaustion
- Relieve stress
- Treat depression
- Increase circulation
- Treat high blood pressure
- Lower cholesterol
- Treat asthma
- Enhance vision and hearing
Pretty cool, eh? My initial thoughts are that it’s drinkable and not too bad. The only fault I have with this drink is that it leaves somewhat of a dryness in my mouth so that it craves more fluids, which is kind of weird, right? Well, if it’s going to make better my health, I’ll go for it!
Have a great day!