India has a variable climate throughout the year and with the fluctuating temperature come to a host of diseases, most commonly the seasonal cough and cold. I am sure the common cold is something that at least one member of the household catches with seasonal change. India then looks at the homemade Concoction, the infused mix – Kaadha.
The discomfort of the stuffed nose, headache and sneezing often urge us to pop over-the-counter pills. However, in the long term, these pills have side effects on our body. The common cold is a viral infection and goes away only after the virus has run its course. So, we mostly need only symptomatic relief that can be well attained through natural means as well.
Here, in this write up we will tell you about the most efficient home remedy that has been consumed in India for generations—with proven results and devoid of side-effects “Kaadha”. It is basically a concoction that is infused with herbs and spices and has natural medicinal properties.
Benefits of drinking Kaadha
- Kaadha is purely herbal and harmless as compared to pills that have side effects on the Liver in the long term.
- it is damn easy to make at home with a preparation time of barely ten minutes.
- Kaadha strengthens your immunity and provides symptomatic relief in common cold.
- The Kaadha acts as an expectorant and would help to loosen the respiratory mucus, thereby making it easy for your body to drain it or cough it out.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in soothing the headache you have been experiencing.
- The Kaadha is an effective cough suppressant.
- It contains lots of antioxidants
How to prepare
What all you need
- 2 cloves or laung
- 2-3cloves of Black pepper or 1/4 teaspoon of crushed Black Pepper (Kali Mirch)
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped Ginger
- 3 leaves of Tulsi or Holy Basil
- 1 tablespoon of Honey
- 1/2 cinnamon stick or daal cheeni
- 1 Black Cardamom or moti elaichi
Method of preparation
- Heat a saucepan and roast the Cloves, Black Pepper, Cinnamon stick, and Cardamom on a slow flame while making sure that it is not burnt. It is done to enhance the flavor of the spices.
- Now, add the chopped ginger, and Tulsi leaves to the saucepan along with 2 cups of water.
- Bring it to a boil until the quantity of water is reduced to nearly half. It will take about ten minutes on medium heat. Make sure you have covered the lid of the saucepan, otherwise the essence of the herbs and spices would escape.
- Once done, strain the mixture and add honey for taste.
- Serve the kaadha immediately and sip while it is warm.
Let us know in the comment section below if the recipe has helped you in healing cough and cold during monsoon and winter season.
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