And this unprecedented pandemic has only taught us that improving our immunity is much safer and wiser than running behind medicines and injections. Everyone seems to return to their roots and have started brewing their version of a cuppa kadha.
In this article, we will explore the multi-faceted kadha and its benefits to the common man – something that’ll help your future generations too!
What exactly is Kadha?
In India, especially in winters, you will see plenty of advocacy for honey, holy basil (tulsi), black pepper, turmeric, etc. for curing illnesses that result from weather change and pollution. Everyone prefers immunizing themselves naturally instead of getting a local vaccine. And mind you, Kadha is exactly that! It is an Ayurvedic herbal drink made of immunity boosting herbs and spices. It not only is effective in fighting common colds and coughs, but also builds our body’s defense mechanism, which is our immunity. This in return helps us regulate blood sugar levels, improves digestion, and prepares the body to stay away from harmful infections or manage it better.
This practice of preparing kadha is considered to be one of the oldest forms of medicinal remedies in Ayurveda.
How do I prepare it?
A kadha can be prepared in a multitude of ways by combining a plethora of natural and organic Ayurvedic herbs and spices. It is your beloved granny’s recipe; therefore, every household may probably have their own secret recipe.
You can prepare this drink easily and have your own all-natural kadha recipe in the comfort of your kitchen. To begin making kadha, add hot water in a pan. Then, crush cinnamon, ginger, black peppercorns, and cloves in a mortar and pestle. Following this, add all the crushed ingredients along with holy basil leaves to the pan. Let it simmer on medium heat for about 15 minutes or till the decoction reduces to half. Then, strain the mixture in a cup and drizzle a few drops of honey or sprinkle jaggery powder before drinking.
Apart from boosting immunity, this versatile drink helps relax your body, decreases body temperature, improves skin texture, and provides much more. Each herb and spice provide sound benefits to the human body. Let us take a look at a few of these benefits.
● Boosts Immune System
Kadha is full of antioxidants and essential vitamins that are beneficial for boosting your immunity. Antioxidants help reduce internal infection by destroying free radicals from your body and decreasing the onset of developing diseases.
● Fights Against Respiratory Ailments
Kadha is one of the perfect home remedies for treating cough and cold. Ingredients like tulsi, lemongrass, echinacea, and ginger work wonderfully to relieve symptoms of common cold, cough, and heavy breathing. It also reduces the onset of asthma.
● Helps in Weight Loss
Kadha contains various natural ingredients- herbs and spices that help burn that stubborn fat to make you lean. Consuming this drink two-three times a day is more than enough for you to burn those calories if you are on a weight-loss diet.
● Lowers Blood Pressure
If you or someone you know who experiences hypertension, a cup of hibiscus tea is sure to drive your worries away. According to a study, herbal teas help reduce blood pressure without causing any side-effects. This natural remedy is effective compared to modern medicines and treatments.
Many times, juggling between personal and professional life can severely affect your health. When unprecedented infections make an appearance, it becomes difficult to manage everything single-handedly. But, here’s an easy way out!
Make Wellbeing Nutrition’s Grandma’s Kadha – the whole and sole answer to your problems. It is made with 13 adaptogenic herbs in one water-soluble tablet. It is a time-tested Ayurvedic remedy for cough, cold, headache, and infections. Nothing better than an old-age immunity booster redesigned. All you have to do is drop a tab in a cup of warm water for a kadha-tastic experience!
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