Ayurvedic kashayam or a herbal tea to cure cold and a sore throat a brief introduction to Doshas and what causes imbalances in the body Doshas are her biological energies found throughout the human body and mind they govern all physical and mental processes and provide each living be with an individual blueprint for health and fulfillment the doshas derived from the five elements and their related properties VATA is composed of the space and air element PITTA is composed of the fire and water element and KAPHA is composed of the earth and water element Ayurveda believes that imbalances of these elements and energy in the body leads to various diseases.
Cold and sore throat is caused by an aggravation of KAPHA it is also caused by a weak digestion when the food that we eat is not fully digested it gets converted to AMA or toxins this mucus or AMA reaches the respiratory system and causes cold or cough. The best home remedy is to drink this Ayurvedic tea and get plenty of rest bring a jar of water to boil and add some cinnamon to it cinnamon is used in the treatment of respiratory and sinus cogestion it is both an expectorant and a decongestant in Ayurveda cinnamon is used to balance the digestion and to pacify stomach disorders. In Ayurveda cloves are considered to enhance circulation digestion and metabolism it helps counter stomach disorders such as gas, bloating and nausea. It also pacifies Vata and Kapha and increases Pitta. add 2 teaspoons of grated ginger I’ve used fresh ginger but you can also use dry ginger powder ginger is useful in Vata and Kapha disorders it has been used in traditional healing systems to improve digestion and allevate nausea and intestinal gas.
It has anti-inflammatory properties and its antibacterial making it an excellent remedy for the sore throat it is also known to help reduce fever and cleanse the body of toxins this at one teaspoon of turmeric powder that is hardly a system in the body that isn’t supported by the powerful antioxidant qualities of Turmeric. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory the effectiveness of which is comparable to pharmaceutical medicines modern science is now beginning to understand and recognize the amazing healing qualities of turmeric to this add 1 teaspoon of crushed black pepper black pepper is a rich source of manganese iron potassium vitamins and fiber but also provides relief from sinusitis and nasal congestion it’s expectorant property can help break up the mucus and phlegm deposits in the respiratory tract and clear congestion Add half a teaspoon of cumin to this Cumin is generally the first ingredient used in Indian cooking it is an excellent source of iron manganese and other vitamins and minerals.
Cumin has antioxidant properties that helping digestion and flushing all the toxins from the system it also pacifies Vata and Kapha hence is an excellent addition to this herbal tonic Add a pinch of Himalayan rock salt the usage and benefits of rock salt is quite different from regulars on regular source usually increases Pitta but not rocks. Rock salt is one of those rare Ayurvedic substances that balance all the 3 doshas hence it helps in relieving Kapha and clearing chest congestion . this tea for a few minutes add a few leaves of tulsi which is often reffered to as Holy Basil it is a Potent herb that has been used in india for thousands of years to treat cold cough and flu.
according to Ayurveda holy basil promotes purity and lightness in the body cleansing the respiratory tract of toxins and relieving digestive gas and bloating it is a strong antiseptic and you can even chew on these leaves.