Kashayam|Kasayam|Herbal Concoction For Cold & Cough:
Kashayam / Kudineer/ Kasayam is nothing but herbal concoction which is a part of parcel of many South Indian Households. Whenever there is a climate change or a flu season grandmom prepares a variant of concoctions with the herbal leaves and herbs available in the garden and kitchen. Today’s recipe is one such common home remedy which is followed in the family for cold, cough, sore throat, fever. This can be prepared and offered for kids above 2 years for 3-5 days during the onset of cold/cough. Mom makes this when we commence sneezing. Come let’s check out the recipe for the homemade Kashayam.
- Tulsi Leaves/Ocimum tenuiflorum/Holy Basil-Handful
- Karpooravalli/Omavalli Leaves/Ajwain Leaves/Coleus amboinicus/Tiger’s ear-5
- Thoothuvalai Leaves/Solanum Trilobatum-3
- Pepper Powder-1/4 tsp
- Coriander Powder-1/4 tsp
- Palm Sugar/Honey-To taste
In the pic from top left to right-Ajwain/Omavalli , thoothuvaalai and tulsi leaves
Kashayam|Kasayam or Herbal Concoction Recipe :
1. Measure all ingredients and keep them ready.
2. Wash all the leaves and rinse them well.
3. In a saucepan, add 1.5 cups of water and all the leaves.
4. Add the pepper and coriander powders too. You can add palm sugar too while boiling.
5. Let it boil till it reduces to a half cup.
6. Cool down and serve the kashayam.
Kashayam should be prepared and consumed on the same day.
The Thoothuvaalai leaves will have thorns to it. So please handle with care.
Don’t add more thoothuvalai leaves as they turn the concoction bitter.
For kids less than 5 years, you can offer the kashayam 2-3 tbsp three times a day.
Do not offer this for more than 5 days.
For elder kids and adults, quarter cup dosage of kashayam would do.
If you are adding honey, add it after cooling. Don’t boil with honey.
You can skip any of the ingredients if it is not available with you i.e only tulsi would do or tulsi+ajwain leaves would do.
Grandmom also adds some adathodai leaves to this at times.
You can also add some dry ginger powder
Please don’t attempt any home remedy for babies less than 1 year.
Ensure to have introduced all items before and eliminate allergies.
Always have a word with your doctor before introducing any new food to babies.
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