In the last post, we talked about the precautions to be taken for respiratory health in cold weather. Today we continue the segment of it that we left for the next post.
Respiratory Health Tea
Measurements for: 2 cups.
- Licorice (Mulethi) powder: 1 tsp.
- Pomegranate (Anaar) peels: roughly 1×3 inch.
- Bael leaves: 3 medium sized triplets. (Take 1/2 tsp. if taking dried leaf powder)
- Lemongrass leaves: 2 full blades’ length.
- Holy basil (Tulsi) leaves: 8 medium sized leaves (Take 1/2 tsp. if taking powder. You can also use the flowers whorls too, if you like.)
- Wet ginger (Adrakh): grate a piece the size of a cherry.
- Calamus root (Vacha) powder: 1/4 tsp.
- Trikatu* powder: 1/4 tsp. (*This is nothing but an equal proportion mixture of black pepper, long pepper and dried ginger)
- Cinnamon bark (Dalchini) powder: a pinchful.
- Clove (Laung) powder: a pinchful.
- Sugar: As per taste.
- Water: 2 cups or more (read notes below).
1. Depending on how coarse the powders are, you may wish to take more water and boil it down to 2 cups, so that the herbs get infused sufficiently in the tea.
2. People with a dominant Pitta Dosha should make this recipe using milk instead of water to avoid excess internal heat. Just take water instead of milk for the quantity beyond 2 cups, if needed.
- Add the Bael, Basil, ginger, pomegranate peels and sugar to the water and boil at medium heat till infused well, stirring meanwhile.
- Then boil to make it 2 cups, in case you added extra water.
- Now stop the heat and add the remaining ingredients to the kettle/pot, mix well, and cover with a heavy lid.
- Allow to stand for 10 minutes.
- Sieve off the leaves and serve semi-hot.
Your all-in-one Ayurvedic respiratory health tea is ready!
This tea is good for prevention and maintaining control of –
- All common respiratory infections, right from common cold to lobar pneumonia
- Allergic reactions
- Chronic Bronchitis and emphysema
- Some occupational respiratory diseases.
Healthy people can enjoy it as a weekend detox or once every couple of days. And, what can be better than enjoying a healthy cup of herbal tea on a monsoon evening? So go on, enjoy the flavor, and do let us know your experience with this recipe in the comments. You can also share it with your friends on social media using the buttons below.
About the Author –
Dr. Harshad Rajandekar is a physician holding an Ayurvedacharya degree from the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. He runs his own practice at Nasik (India), and writes for Dr. Herbz in his free time. His online/offline consulting schedule and contact info can be read here.