Cold and flu are one of the most common conditions that come up during the winter season. Fight infections and boost your immunity in a natural and healthy way with this ayurvedic recipe.
Ayurvedic remedies for health issues makes use of various herbs and spices. A Kwath(Kadha) is a method of decoction.
Here is an easy-to-make recipe and is also inexpensive as most of its ingredients are can be found very easily in an Indian household.
1 Laung [clove]
Cinnamon (1/2 tsp)
Crushed Kalimirch [black pepper] (1 tsp)
Finely chopped Adrak [ginger] (1 tsp)
Honey (1 tsp)
5 Tulsi leaves [Indian basil]
Giloy [guduchi] (1/2 tsp)
Method of Preparation:
-- Dry roast the tulsi leaves, black pepper. clove and ginger on low flame for at least 30 seconds.
-- Pour a cup of water in a pan and put in the dry roasted ingredients in it. Keep on high flame.
-- Add honey and cinnamon to it.
-- Grind the giloy and add to the boiling ingredients.
-- Let it boil for a few minutes and then strain the mixture in a bowl.
-- Pour the kadha in glasse and drink.
Tip: You can also add a pinch of Turmeric (haldi) into it.
This kadha has the ability to help the body get rid of cold and flu, as well as boost immunity. Tulsi has anti-bacterial properties and helps against harmful bacteria. Issues like cough and cols, congestion and sore throat can be helped with ginger. Warm water can help in soothing the throat. Black pepper and clove can help clear throat and loosen mucus by acting as an expectorant. Last but not the least, honey can add flavours and be useful because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
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