Updated: Apr 17
Feel like you're coming down with a cold or simply unable to shake off a persistent cough or sore throat? You may want to try kashaayam, an Ayurvedic immunity boosting decoction prepared with powerful healing spices and herbs.
A strong immune system is vital when it comes to protecting ourselves against disease and illness causing pathogens, as well as helping us recover quickly when we fall sick. And while we may pay more attention to our immune system during the winter season when flu and colds are upon us, it is best to build and maintain our immunity year round. This is why nourishing ourselves with immunity-boosting foods and drinks is incredibly important. And this is where kashaayam comes into the picture.
What is kashaayam?
Kashaayam is an Ayurvedic tea prepared by boiling a combination of healthy spices and herbs - a process that extracts their medicinal benefits. The properties of the ingredients in this Ayurvedic tonic aid in fortifying your body and overcoming illness. This is an age old natural remedy without any side-effects that can be benefitted by all ages.
What are the benefits of the ingredients? Ginger: high in anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties making it effective in treating cough and cold. Ginger promotes digestion, circulation and overall health and wellbeing.
Black Pepper: rich in anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Black pepper helps in treating colds, flu, aches, and pains as well as some digestive conditions.
Tulsi: incredibly effective in boosting the immune system. It promotes optimal heart and lung functioning, reduces mucus in the respiratory system, making it effective in treating cough and cold.
Clove: packed with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, aids in soothing the throat and preventing cough.
Cardamom: has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and cancer-fighting properties. It is helpful in treating cough, asthma , nausea and vomiting. Cardamom is also beneficial in treating anxiety.
Cinnamon: helpful in improving cardiac conditions, blood related problems, cough and cold.
It is effective in treating asthma and chronic respiratory problems.
Honey: a natural antibiotic and loaded with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Honey increases body heat and helps in improving immunity thus fighting against common cold and flu. It is effective in treating dry and wet cough, as well as upper respiratory tract infections.
Preparing kashaayam Ingredients:
Water - 2 cups
Cardamom pods - 2 pods
Black peppercorns - 5 to 6 (or 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder)
Cloves - 3 to 4
Tulsi tea leaves – 1/2 teaspoon (or 1 tulsi tea bag)
Fresh ginger – 1/2 inch piece (crushed or sliced)
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece
Raw organic honey - 1/4 teaspoon
Add the cloves, black peppercorns, cardamom pods, and cinnamon to a pot and dry roast for 30 seconds.
Add 2 cups of water, the tulsi tea leaves and ginger. Heat for 10-15 minutes or until the amount of water has reduced by half.
Turn the heat off and let the tea cool off a little.
When no longer boiling hot, but still warm, strain the tea and pour into a cup.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of raw organic honey
Ready for you to sip!
Tips: You can reduce the amount of black pepper and ginger to your taste or especially if you are preparing this remedy for a child.