Kadha Recipe A Traditional Healing Tea

Kadha Recipe A Traditional Healing Tea

Kadha RecipeIn 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.




Kadha Recipe
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  1. 2 cloves, whole
  2. 1 black pepper, whole
  3. 1 tsp. of ginger, grated
  4. 5-6 leaves of holy basil (or 1 tsp. of dried)
  5. 2 green cardamom pods
  6. ¼ tsp. of fennel seeds
  7. 3-4 cups of water
  8. ½ tsp. of raw unpasteurized honey
  9. ½ tsp. of ghee or butter oil
  1. 2-3 strands of saffron
  2. ½ tsp. of turmeric powder
  3. 1 small cinnamon stick
  4. 1 bay leaf
  1. 1. In a pot dry roast the whole spices – cloves, pepper, cardamom, fennel seeds, cinnamon and bay leaf for 2 minutes.
  2. 2. Pour water, add ginger and boil the spices in water. You can add the optional spices at this stage.
  3. 3. Add holy basil and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  4. 4. Remove from the heat, strain and pour in a cup. Water should be reduced to half.
  5. 5. Add honey and ghee at this stage.
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  1. Thanks for the recipe. I had tried Kadha once in the office canteen and ever since wanted to replicate it.

  2. Thanks for the recipe, i wanted to drink kadha but don’t know how to make. Now i have sore throat 4 to 5 every year. I will try now the khada. Will it cure sore throats.

  3. Thanks for sharing the recipe. The blog was really informative and worth sharing as it is for a noble cause of helping people, long-suffering from a sore throat and cough problems.

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