• Deanne Pandey

The best medicine is closer than you think!

The ongoing pandemic and the flu season has definitely caused an environment of constant uncertainty and stress. Every Indian household is familiar with the concept of herbal drinks or “kadhas”. However it is not just an ancient fix, it is extremely relevant to this day. Ayurveda, naturopathy and alternative medicine experts have stressed on the immense benefits kadhas can impart for decades now. Working on your immunity is a lifelong process, and if you’re looking for a natural way to do it, then including kadha in your everyday routine would be a great start. Kadha is a liquid remedy usually used to improve the immunity of the body. At times like these, when the world is being subject to new diseases and pandemics, Kadha can come as a real lifesaver. Multiple herbs and spices are made into a decoction using water and used to treat different ailments or just improve the general wellbeing of an individual. The mix that goes into making the Ayurvedic Kadha consists of numerous water soluble herbs. When mixed with water, the herbs infiltrate the entire mixture. The decoction can easily be absorbed by the intestines and hence make it a very effective supplement. If you often fall ill, it means your body’s immunity is low. You can strengthen it with the help of this herbal kadha which has a mix of several Ayurvedic herbs. Kadha works a great deal to provide relief during change of season and helps fight the symptoms of cold and cough.It not only helps prevent but also leaves you in respite and helps to relax. The best part? Most of these herbs are available from the comfort of your own home. Cardamom and black pepper are helpful in flu and different allergic problems. Cinnamon and ginger also aid digestion, which directly impacts our immunity, as our first line of defense is in the gut.

The are numerous Ayurvedic herbs with distinct benefits of their own. Here is a kadha recipe using ingredients that are easily available in your kitchen and can fight flu symptoms effectively-

You will need-

1 litre water

2 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoon cloves, pounded

1 piece cinnamon, about 2-inches in length

4 to 5 green cardamom pods

1 tablespoon ginger

1 handful tulsi or holy basil

1 tablespoon honey, or less as per taste

Preparation method-

  1. Pour 1 liter water into a heavy saucepan over high heat. Add all the kadha ingredients and bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered till reduce to half the quantity, about 500 ml. Remove from heat and add honey.

  3. Drink this concoction 2-3 times a day.

This magical herbal drink is loaded with antioxidants and helps treat seasonal flu and a sore throat. Apart from this, it improves digestion, fights inflammation, removes toxins and has anti-aging properties. Reap the benefits of the best medicine today!

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