Health in a Cup- Kadha

August 19, 2009 at 8:58 am 5 comments

With swine flu still dominating the news it has become difficult to distinguish between the regular flu (Influenza) and Swine Flu.  Lot of preventive advice is being given to keep the H1N1 at bay, adding to the confusion.

Here, meanwhile flu like diseases are at its peak. Cold, cough, sore throat, fever…you name it and we have it!

One of the home remedy traditionally used for Cough, cold, sore throat, bodyache and other such infections is this age old Kadha; a Marathi word for ‘Herbal Tea’.
This was my grandmother’s classic medicine when we were growing up; though at that time I did not much enjoy this Kadha; It had to be forced as a medicine.

Now I enjoy it as aHerbal Tea’


recipeFor the Kadha you need: 

  • Tulsi (Basil) :8-10 leaves washed
  • Fennel Seeds:1 tsp 
  • Lemon Grass: 1 leaf (Use dried lemon grass if you don’t have fresh )
  • Cloves: 3-4
  • Soonth (dry ginger powder): 1 pinch
  • Jeshthimadh (Licorice): 1 pinch

Add all these ingredients to water and boil till the water reduces to half its original quantity.

Filter (if required) and drink hot.

Note: Jeshthimadh is a natural sweetner so I haven’t added honey. Use honey if not using Jeshthimadh.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Aarati Soman  |  October 17, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Thanks for this recipe! My aji used to make this for me :)

  • 2. Priyanka Patki  |  May 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks for the recipe …came in handy when my mom was sick .
    Generally she used to make it for me when I get sick .Your recipe helped me to make it for her when she was sick with bad cold and cough… :)

  • 3. Govind  |  July 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Thank you! I haven’t tried this as yet, but I am going to take it as once in a while herbal tea for preventive health benefits. I have been looking for such recipe for a while.Thanks again!

  • 4. Pallavi  |  September 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Thanks for this recipe. I found a video of the same thing.

  • 5. get rid of sore throat  |  January 8, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday.

    It will always be exciting to read content from other authors and use something from their sites.


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