Kadha is a traditional home-made decoctions made by boiling herbs and spices in water for 10- 15 minutes. A kadha is a great substitute for cough syrups and antibiotic medicines with the added advantage of having no side effects.
This remedy is a mix of home made remedies given to me by my dear friend Jay and my Mum. I am not claiming that this is miracle cure as the cold runs its course no matter what , but this remedy here will give you some serious help .
You will need:
2 , 2 inch stick cinnamon / dal chini
8-10 cloves / laung
4- 6 elaichi / green cardamom
2 tsp caraway seeds / ajwain
2 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
1 tsp fenugreek seeds / methi dana
1 tbs black peppercorn / kali mirch
A big piece of mace / javitri
2- 3 star anise
2 tsp fennel seeds / saunf
15 – 20 stalks of lemongrass (dry will work as well as fresh – I used dry)
1 tbs of dry ginger / saunth ( you can even use fresh )
4 tbsp honey
4 cups of water
Grind all the dry ingredients to a powder in the coffee grinder. Store in an airtight container and use when needed . It stays good for a month if stored properly .
To make kadha :
Boil 1 cup water. The minute it reaches a rolling boil, add 1 tbs ground powder , ginger & lemon grass ( if using fresh ) Allow this to simmer for 10 minutes on a medium flame.
Add honey as per taste in a cup .
Once this mixture has simmered for at least 10 minutes, sieve it to your cup . Serve steaming hot.
Various ingredients have different curative properties, which make them an integral part of these kadhas, for instance: –
Clove (laung) is a mild anti-bacterial agent
Black pepper relieves sinusitis and nasal congestion
Cinnamon adds fragrance and flavor, preserves body heat and kills bacteria
Hot water washes away toxins from the body.
For maximum benefit, kadha should be consumed hot. The recommended dosage for adults is about half a cup twice a day while young children can be given about a quarter of a cup twice a day.
Kadhas, serves as effective remedy, but they are no substitutes for medicines in case of severe cases of congestion and fever, especially in young children and the elderly.