A Home remedy for Flu..
Its change of season all over the world. Onset of winter, in most parts of the globe, from rainy season winter or summer season. Its during this time of the year, when majority of the population fall sick to the common cold and flu. Recently I have been to my home town, Kerala, which has been praised for years for its fine and equable weather.
There are two major Monsoon seasons that come in June and Mid – October/November respectively. These used to never interfere with the daiy life of the state until recently. There are always periods of sunshine in between. But recently due to the climatic change, the usual pleasant, cold, breezy wintery climate has taken a nosedive. The monsoon, which we call as Thulavarsham is still going on creating havoc in many places. Its rains with thunderstorms at night, wintery in the mornings and hot during rest of the day.
This climate made me fall sick during my visit which was one of the worse flu incidents in recent times in my life. Noy only me, majority of the population are sick, main being flu. Its been a week since I returned, I’m still sick with nose block, cold, cought and sore throat. This has been doing rounds at my home and this region as well. This prompted me to share this Herbal Coffee which is known as Chukki Kaappi in our mother Tongue. Chukku kappi is a traditional South Indian beverage which is very spicy and sweet. It has a rich aroma that even opens nasal blocks that are caused due to cold and give relief to throat infections also.It can be used as very good remedy for slight cold or fever.
The ingredients used in this Coffee are dried ginger, whole black pepper, shallots, cardamom, basil leaves(holy basil) and Palm sugar, all of which have several medicinal properties. These are extensively used in ayurvedic medicines too. he botanical name of Chukku is Zingiber Officinalis. Chukku helps in digestion. It is used in almost all the Ayurveda medicines. According to Ayurveda, indigestion is the root cause for all kind of diseases.
Ginger works wonders in the treatment of everything from cancer to migraines and ovarian cancer treatment, colon cancer prevention, anti-inflammatory agent, menstrual cramp relief and migraine relief are just a few. It has great anti-inflammatory porperties. It helps in keeping the body warm during winter season, thus preventing from cold and Flu.
Research shows that Basil reduces stress, enhances stamina, relieves inflammation, lowers cholesterol, eliminates toxins, protects against radiation, prevents gastric ulcers, lowers fevers, improves digestion and provides a rich supply of antioxidants and other nutrients. Tulsi is especially effective in supporting the heart, blood vessels, liver and lungs and also regulates blood pressure and blood sugar.
Black pepper is the fruit of the black pepper plant from the Piperaceae family and is used as both, a spice and a medicine. When dried, this plant-derived spice is referred to as a peppercorn. Because of its antibacterial properties, pepper is used to preserve food. Black pepper is also a very good anti-inflammatory agent. Black pepper aids in weight loss, and treats sinus, asthma, and nasal congestion. It also reduces the risk of cancer and heart and liver ailments.
In Ayurvedic practices, pepper is added to tonics for treating cold and cough. Pepper also provides relief from sinusitis and nasal congestion. It has an expectorant property that helps to break up the mucus and phlegm depositions in the respiratory tract. Its natural irritant quality helps you expel these loosened materials through the act of sneezing or coughing, which eliminates the material from the body and helps you recover from infection or illness that caused the deposition in the first place.
Shallots are considered an important plant in Indian medicinal practices and are commonly prescribed as an effective remedy for several ailments in the Ayurvedic system of healing. In fact, they’ve been used to heal numerous bodily conditions for thousands of years – both internally and externally. In Ayurveda, shallots and other onions are believed to have a natural “cooling” effect on the body, which makes them beneficial for lowering inflammation, muscle aches, swelling and water-retention.
Results from numerous studies have shown that shallots have promising anti allergic effect that can be attributed to their anti-histaminic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. It helps in reducing common flu and allergy symptoms. As far as my experience it immediatley reduces the “kich-kich” in throat during times of throat infection due to its antihistamine properties.
In India, cardamom was traditionally considered as an herb and was one of the ingredients in Ayurveda (the ancient Indian science of medicine and lifestyle) and traditional Chinese medicine. It was believed to be a remedy for teeth and gum infections, throat problems, congestion of the lungs, pulmonary tuberculosis, inflammation of the eyelids, gastrointestinal disorders, disintegrating kidneys, and gallbladder stones, and was also used as an antidote for poisons and venoms.
For sore throats cardamom acts as a good remedy. Cardamom and cinnamon can both be boiled in water and can be used to gargle every morning to control painful sore throats.Cardamom can also be used as a remedy for asthma and other respiratory issues.
Considering so many benefits, this coffee can be had any day without thinking twice. There are different versions to this coffee too. I have shared the one I make most, during flu time. I’ll keep updating this recipe often with all other different versions.
Crush the ginger, cardamom and peppercorns to a coarse powder. Transfer to a bowl.
Add the shallots into the mortar. Crush just to break it.
Take 2 liters water in a sauce pan. Add the crushed powder and shallots.
Stir well. Boil for 5 minutes
Add the plam sugar and Basil leaves. Stir to Combine
Simmer for another 10 minutes
Add the Coffee and reduce further making the coffee 11/2 liters
Strain and drink Hot.