I am back with this popular section of the blog. Today its about Cough and Sore Throat remedy.
Again its a Dadi Ma's formula. Lets find out how to make it.
All you need is-
1. 1 glass water
2. Holy Basil (tulsi) leaves- 4-5 (crushed)
3. Clove (Lavang)- 1
4. Cardamom (Elaichi) - 1
5. Whole black cardamom (Badi Elaichi)- 1
6. Nutmeg powder (Jaiphal)- a pinch
7. Cinnamon powder (Dalchini)- a pinch
8. liquorice (Mulethi) powder- 1/2 tsp (in case if you have dried stems, take a 1/2 inch long stem)
9. Ginger (fresh & crushed)- 1/2 tsp
10 Mace (Javitri)- 2-4 cm piece
11 Black pepper powder (Kali Mirch)- a pinch
12. Natural Rock Salt (Sendha namak)- a pinch
13. Common Salt- a pinch
14. Sugar- 3 tsp
15 Lemon Juice- 1 tsp
All you need to do is mix all the ingredients except lemon juice, in water and boil. Boil the contents till it reduces to half. When its boiled, sieve it and add lemon juice to hot concoction. Drink it little hot.
Apart from the health benefits, it tastes good too and my family loves it. Try this and tell me how it was?
1. Do not drink water/milk after this.
2. Try and drink this at night, before sleep.
3. For children, use half (say 1/4 glass) of the prepared quantity.
Health Benefits of -
Basil- Basil leaves are effective in alleviating coughing and colds. Chewing fresh leaves or drinking a tea of dried basil leaves can calm coughing and relieve cold and flu. Basil leaves are used as an ingredient in cough syrups and expectorants and help to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma.
Clove- Ayurveda suggests making a tea to lessen, or prevent, colds and flu. It is also used as an expectorant, making it easier to cough up phlegm. Cloves are a natural painkiller and also attack germs, so they'll help you get rid of that sore throat.
Cardamom- It is beneficial for those suffering from various kinds of respiratory allergies. This pungent spice may help prevent and relieve cold and flu symptoms. It’s also used for bronchitis and coughs.
Black Cardamom- It warms up your respiratory tract so that the air circulation through the lungs becomes easier. Black cardamom works as an expectorant and helps you stay away from cough, cold, sore throat etc. by alleviating the mucous membrane and normalizing the flow of mucous through the respiratory tract.
Nutmeg- It literally cleans those organs out of all the toxins that may be stored there from alcohol, drugs, pollution, food, or natural organic toxins.
Mace- It is an important ingredient in many cough syrups and cold rubs as it helps in relieving cough and cold. Further, it is very effective in treating asthma.
Liquorice- it has a similarly soothing and healing action, reducing irritation and inflammation and has an expectorant effect, useful in irritating coughs, asthma and chest infections.
Ginger- it has anti-nausea, anti-spasmodic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-tussive (cough suppressant) properties.
Cinnamon- The anti bacterial properties and warming properties of Cinnamon and its propensity to increase blood flow and thereby improve blood oxygen levels to fight illness. Chinese traditional medicine commonly recommends Cinnamon for phlegm coughs.
Black Pepper- In Ayurvedic practices, pepper is added to tonics for colds and coughs. Pepper also provides relief from sinusitis and nasal congestion. It has an expectorant property that helps to break up the mucus and phlegm depositions in the respiratory tract, and its natural irritant quality helps you to expel these loosened material through the act of sneezing or coughing, which eliminates the material from the body and helps you to heal from whatever infection or illness caused the deposition in the first place.
Lemon, as a rich rich source of vitamin C, helps in dealing with more long-term respiratory disorders. and builds up immune system.
Hope this Home Made formula would be of help? Looking forward to your feedback.