Kadha is a sore throat remedy. It is an Indian Ayurvedic concoction. This is a gharelu nuskha which helps when you got a slight sore throat due to change in weather. I always think how can I control my cough and cold naturally?
So that I can avoid the doctor. I am sure many do.
Some people regularly drink it for immunity. We generally drink it when we are under the weather. It is a strong mix of tea and spices. Usually we drink it with some honey or jaggery. Funnily, most kids swear by it now as parents. Although we used to think otherwise when we were young. Kada for throat infection is a Rambaan ilaaj as many say. Tulasi ukado or kashayam for cold and fever is a remedy which helps you avoid medicines. However, if the infection increases, one should visit the doctor.
Kadha and its usage
Elders would drink it during winter or in rains. It helped soothe the throat and cold. Also, help avoid infection. It resembles a strong spicy black tea recipe. Back then medicines were not easily available. Hence, this concoction was a go to remedy. Although we hated it, it does grow on you. Just like their advice, you understand it with time. Low immunity often shows up as cold and cough if not taken care. This is a traditional recipe which is very popular in many North Indian and Gujarati communities.
Ingredients for kadha
How to make tulsi kadha?
You may use Indian tulsi along with remaining spices. You can also make traditional kadha recipe with Italian basil if you have that handy. In cold countries, you may not find Indian basil plant in cold winters. Italian works fine. You may also use the Thai basil.
You also understand now why prevention is better than cure. Popping a tablet for every small issue could raise bigger problems.
However, please note in case of chronic infection you MUST consult a doctor. This is a gharelu upchar. It cannot replace a doctor's advice.
Note: This is a strong spice blend. It increases immunity during winters. However, it is NOT a medicine. In case of infection, visit a doctor. Also, check with medical practitioner in case of allergies. Not recommended for babies below 1 year and during pregnancy.
Kadha - Sore throat remedy
- 2-3 choti elaichi/green cardamoms
- 2-3 badi elaichi/black cardamom
- 4-5 laung/cloves
- 1 tablespoon saunf/fennel seeds
- 2 piece mulethi/licorice
- 1 small piece of adrak/ginger sliced
- 4-5 kali mirch/pepper corns
- 1 tablespoon tulsi /Indian basil OR Italian basil if you do not get it nearby
- 1 tea bag
- gud/jaggery as per taste
- 1 pinch salt
- 3 cups water
- Slightly crush and mix all ingredients together except the jaggery.
- Boil in water until it reduces to half,add jaggery.
- Strain the liquid through a sieve and serve warm.
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