Today’s post is a real treat for me to share with you. Emoliente is a Peruvian beverage made with brewed herbs, originally with medicinal purposes, that is just plain delightful. A common breakfast or late afternoon drink, it is often sold by street vendors as to have on the go. I am having a flashback of myself telling one of my ex superiors (VP level) that I’d rather have Emoliente than Starbucks. Anyway, you can have it all year round, hot or cold, depending on your preference. Español aquí.

While there is no specific recipe for this drink, the base of it is brewed barley, flax seeds and a mix of medicinal herbs. Don’t forget a squeeze of lemon juice and sugar. Because my family loves all things herby, we always have Emoliente ready to make baggies at home. You can find these in any supermarket and bodega. If you are abroad, look for Emoliente baggies at your international supermarket. In the US, I’ve seen these in Fiesta supermarket.

Here is the medicinal value of the herbs in my bag:
Toasted barley – diuretic
Dried horse tail – purifying and detox
Flax seed – digestive
Boldo – diuretic
Uña de gato – antioxidant
White flower – anti-inflammatory

1 package of emoliente, containing:
dried horse tail
flax seeds
toasted barley
cat’s claw
white flower

Following the package instructions, heat two liters of water.

Add the contents of the envelope to the water.

Cook in medium to low heat for at least 20 minutes.


Enjoy with lemon and sugar, to taste, hot or cold.

Makes 4 servings.