In India when someone has a cold, flu, infection, sore throat or body ache their mother’s or grandmother’s make “Kadha” at home. Kadha means herbal tea – it is a medicinal tea. Although today many herbal teas are available at health food stores, I can assure you this is a great homemade herbal tea replacement where you are only using your humble kitchen healers. I am sharing with you my favourite Kadha Recipe A Traditional Healing Tea.
I have made Kadha for myself and have seen great results for cold and body pain. It is indeed ‘health in a cup.’ When I make kadha, I sometimes add turmeric and/or reishi mushroom which is not used in the traditional recipe
Benefits of the Healing Spices:
Black Peppercorn: Pungent, healing and increases bile. When added to foods it helps digest and creates a good taste. It increases the absorption of the mineral Zinc.
Bay Leaf: Encourages glucose metabolism.
Cardamom Seeds: Seeds stimulate appetite, aids digestion and eliminates flatulence. This spice is also used for detoxification.
Cinnamon: Assists in glucose and carbohydrate metabolism. It also improves circulation and provide relief from cramps.
Cloves: A heating spice that opens up the body channels. It improves digestion, anti-microbial and used as oral anti-septic.
Fennel: A cooling spice. It is used for digestive upsets, flatulence, cramps, nausea, low stomach acid and settling stomach pain while stimulating the appetite.
Ghee: Stimulates digestion and boosts the immune system. Use in moderation if your body type is Kapha.
Ginger: This pungent flavor spice is Tri-doshic. It improves digestion, absorption and assimilation of food. Ginger improves circulation and helps with congestion.
Honey: It has a heating quality. Honey contains iron, phosphorus, calcium, sodium and potassium. Honey is great for our heart, throat, chest and blood.
Holy Basil: Tulsi or Holy Basil is a tonic and an adaptogenic herb. It basically means that this is a transformative herb and, when taken daily, it moves a person towards health.
Saffron: As a stimulant saffron increases the stomach fire or HCl. It relieves dry cough and headaches.
Turmeric: Bitter and Astringent in taste it is used as anti-inflammatory and decongestant. It cleanses the liver and reduces pain in the body.
- 2 cloves, whole
- 1 black pepper, whole
- 1 tsp. of ginger, grated
- 5-6 leaves of holy basil (or 1 tsp. of dried)
- 2 green cardamom pods
- ¼ tsp. of fennel seeds
- 3-4 cups of water
- ½ tsp. of raw unpasteurized honey
- ½ tsp. of ghee or butter oil
- 2-3 strands of saffron
- ½ tsp. of turmeric powder
- 1 small cinnamon stick
- 1 bay leaf
- 1. In a pot dry roast the whole spices – cloves, pepper, cardamom, fennel seeds, cinnamon and bay leaf for 2 minutes.
- 2. Pour water, add ginger and boil the spices in water. You can add the optional spices at this stage.
- 3. Add holy basil and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
- 4. Remove from the heat, strain and pour in a cup. Water should be reduced to half.
- 5. Add honey and ghee at this stage.