India is the land of many hidden cures and ayurvedic miracles that are now cherished across the globe. The invincible healing herbs from the magical soil of our land coated with the ancient fragments of immunity are celebrated in the form of the different magic potions. One of the most famous among them is kadha.
Kadha or herbal tea is the decoction of ayurvedic spices and herbs loaded with numerous health benefits. No matter if it is the pale beauty of autumn or the chills of winter vibes, kadha blends well with every season. The idea of benefits of this bundle of immunity can be underlined from the fact that daily consumption of this drink is recommended by the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH) in this pandemic situation. Each herbal sip of this drink contains immunity-boosting and healing bio-active compounds that act as your defense shield against infectious diseases like flu, cold, cough, etc. It is useful in strengthening the immune system naturally that helps in fighting serious viruses including coronavirus. It also improves the process of digestion and helps in detoxifying the body from toxins. The blend of herbs and spices used in making kadhais very beneficial during allergy season and ensures the smooth functioning of the respiratory system. Moreover, adding adaptogenic herbs in this herbal decoction can also help in managing stress.
This ayurvedic bundle of immunity takes holistic care of your body. It helps in improving the skin by balancing skin pigmentation. It contains natural ingredients that help to burn fat and make you lean, thus aiding your weight loss process. It also slows down your aging process and makes your skin look healthy and glowing. It also corrects eye problems and acts as an excellent blood purifier. It is also an effective laxative that helps in relieving constipation. It also reduces the blood pressure and that too without any side-effects.
The best thing about making kadha is that usually you’ll find all the essential ingredients already resting on your kitchen shelves because these are used in everyday Indian cooking. You can also add some other herbs according to your requirements. The most common ingredients used are listed below:
- Holy Basil Leaves (Tulsi):
Almost every household has a Tulsi plant for blessings. It has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and immunity-booster properties that impart healthy magic to your kadha.
Turmeric is the best Indian rescue for any infection. It is a potent anti-inflammatory that helps your body fight infections.
It is loaded with antimicrobial properties that prevent the growth of micro-organisms like bacteria.
Amla is a rich source of vitamin C that has a multitude of health benefits. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and acts as a natural immunity booster.
- Coriander seeds:
They have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory properties and are rich in antioxidants.
- Black pepper:
It provides pain relief, improves appetite and promotes gut health. It is also loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
- Dry Ginger:
Ginger is the go-to medicine of every Indian. It reduces muscle pain and soreness, treats nausea and chronic indigestion, and cushions the menstrual pain too.
It has anti-inflammatory properties that help the body to fight infections and repair damaged tissues.
Take three cups of water in a bowl and bring it to a boil. Put in all the spices (ingredients mentioned above) in the boiling water and lower the flame of your Singer India gas stove – maxiblaze 4GS. Keep stirring until it turns dark mixture and all the properties of spices are extracted into the water. You can also add in a bit of honey or jaggery while serving to make it a little sweet. You can store the kadha and reheat it just before consuming it.
The pandemic has taught us that precaution is always better than cure and this lifetime lesson highlights the importance of immunity for our health. Kadha is the best decoction for boosting immunity and one should leverage the benefits of this magic potion.