At a time when the world is busy in searching cure (Vaccine and Medicine) for COVID-19, which is spreading across the globe, all we can do is to avoid this infection by keeping our immunity system remain intact and strong. For this, not just immunity-boosting food but herbal drink called ‘Kadha’ can also help to boost our immunity.
Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji also advised consuming hot water and kadha (Herbal decoction) frequently to boost the immune system while addressing them. Moreover, many states are busy fighting COVID-19 the Indian way - by distributing ‘kadha’ including Rajasthan and Gujrat.
Kadha – An immunity Booster
kadha', is an herbal decoction of Ayurvedic spices and herbs that helps to boost your immunity. It is usually prepared using fresh herbs, including Holy basil, Mint leaves, and dry spices like black pepper, dry ginger, turmeric, coriander seeds, Mulethi, Amla, etc.
Kadha – An Ayurvedic Remedy for Cough and Cold
These Ayurvedic herbs and spices contain many immunity-boosting and healing bio-active compounds. Drinking a Kadha regularly can help boost immunity against infectious diseases, like flu, cold, cough, and other seasonal ailments. It is also being claimed that it can be effective in strengthening the immune system against fighting coronavirus too. So Kadha is a must if you are suffering from common cold and flu.
Apart from immunity booster, it is also believed that Ayurvedic Kadha can improve digestion and detox the body. The herbs and spices used in making herbal decoction (Kadha) can be especially beneficial during allergy season. Adding adaptogenic herbs (Relive in stress) can also help in managing stress.
Drinking Kadha is great for the smooth functioning of the respiratory system. Regularly drinking a kadha can improve the process of digestion too and help in detoxifying the body from toxins.
Ingredients used in making an Ayurvedic Kadha?
Ingredients for kadha are usually found in the kitchen. As these are commonly used in Indian cooking such as cloves, basil, Amla, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, etc. while some of them are also can less common Ayurvedic plant parts which do not use in cooking.
All these ingredients have a multitude of health benefits. And they work together in the healing and recovery process.
Common Household Ingredients are:
- Turmeric: As a powerful anti-inflammatory, helping the body fight infections.
- Amla: It is the richest source of Vitamin C and a natural immunity-booster and has potent anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Hoy Basil Leaves (Tulsi): It has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and immunity-booster properties.
- Coriander seeds: rich in antioxidant as well as has anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and immunity-booster health benefits.
- Cloves: have antimicrobial properties, which means that it prevents the growth of micro-organisms like bacteria.
- Black Pepper: has anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties. Also promotes gut health, offers pain relief, and improve the appetite.
- Cinnamon: has anti-inflammatory properties, helps the body fight infections and repair damaged tissues.
- Dry Ginger: treat nausea, reduce the muscle pain and soreness, relieved in chronic indigestion, and reduces the menstrual pain as well.
You can easily use these common herbs making homemade kadha. Some common variants are Tulsi kadha, Ginger Tea, Tulsi Tea etc.
How is Ayurvedic Kadha taken?
Usually on its own, best to sip it hot. Usually, you can drink it any time but it is best to drink first thing in the morning or the last thing before going to bed.
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The entire world is suffering from the COVID-19 epidemic. Hence, drinking Kadha regularly these days is essential, keeping in mind that you have to boost your immunity and take care of yourself now more than ever. After all, precaution is always better than cure!