The Day of Peruvian Emollients

More than 25 thousand people work every day to prepare these traditional natural drinks in our country. They defy time and work more than 12 hour days to provide great service to all who who go to work, to university, and rely on this energizing drink to pick them up and keep them healthy. These preparers of emollients deserve great recognition for their hard work.

For this reason, the government has declared that every February 20th be celebrated throughout the country as the Day of “Emollients, Quinua, Maca, Kiwicha and other Traditional Natural Drinks.”

Emoliente (Photo: Giancarlo Gallardo)
Emoliente (Photo: Giancarlo Gallardo)

The preparation of an emollient requires different natural ingredients like roasted barley, linseed, ayrampo (a cactus), other medicinal herbs, a little sugar and a good splash of fresh-squeezed lime juice.

Emollient is consumed throughout the year. In winter it warms our bodies from the cold and in summer it refreshes us. Many drink an emollient daily. This drink unites Peruvians in a common concern for health. Besides cooling or heating us, these emollients have medicinal qualities, for example, they help the kidneys, work to prevent osteoporosis, and help to keep the prostate from swelling, among other things.

In the city of Cusco you can find emollients in the city’s center of in strategic places of high traffic such as near institutes, schools and universities. You can see the power of the drink for students

On this day, we enjoy a rich emollient to quench our thirst or take away a little of the cold.

Brayan Coraza Morveli

Soy completamente cusqueño. Mi profesión es analista de sistemas. Me encanta escuchar y tocar la música andina tanto como bailar break. Me gusta también compartir mi experiencias como cusqueño con gente de otros lados. Una de mis metas es llegar a conocer mi cultura más profundamente y compartirla ampliamente con gente de otras generaciones tanto como con hermanos y hermanas de otros lados de nuestra planeta.

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