Kadha for Cold: Try this recipe to keep winter woes at bay

Winter is a difficult time for some people, and colds are very common. However, my mother’s Kadha for cold might help keep those allergies away from you.

It is inevitable to avoid catching a cold during the winter season, no matter how many layers of clothing you wear. And the weather didn’t spare me either. I caught a cold and sneezed all day until my mom came to save me. He warned me that low immunity and cold weather had triggered it as he shared his secret Kadha recipe for colds which to my surprise worked wonders for me. Plus it was delicious too! Today I’m sharing a recipe and expert advice to help you get through this winter season with warmth and ease.

Although this Kadha for flu worked for me, I needed to check with an expert whether it works for everyone or not, so Health Shots contacted nutritionist Avni Kaul to know more about the positive effects of this Kadha.

This kadha recipe keeps the cold away. Photo: Shutterstock

What is Kadha?

Kadha, also known as herbal tea, is a beverage that is prepared using a myriad of powerful natural ingredients. This drink offers several benefits, especially during the colder months of the year, keeping the cold at bay. Read more to find my mother’s kadha recipe for cold.

Ingredients:

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  • 1 small piece of ginger
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  • 2 pieces of green cardamom
  • 2-3 pepper/black pepper powder
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 Mulethi
  • Jaggery/honey for sweet taste
  • 3 cups of water

Prescription:

1. Crush the pepper, ginger and Tulsi leaves in a mortar.
2. Take a pot and add water to it.
3. Add all the crushed spices and jaggery to it.
4. Let this mixture boil well for 10-15 minutes on low heat.
5. After 15 minutes, strain it and enjoy this tasty yet healthy kadha after 20-30 minutes of your meal.

The health benefits of drinking Kadha in the cold

Here are the benefits of drinking Kadha for flu as shared by a nutritionist:

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1. Strengthens immunity

One of the major benefits of drinking Kadha is its immunity-boosting properties, which is crucial in warding off problems like colds and coughs.

Kadha is made using herbs and spices like Tulsi (holy basil), ginger and black pepper which have immune stimulating effects. Regular use of kadha can help strengthen the body’s natural defenses against infections and diseases, said an expert.

2. Promotes respiratory health

Kadha is specifically known for its effect on respiratory health. Ingredients like ginger and cloves have anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve respiratory problems and ease coughs and colds. The warming nature of the kadha is especially comforting in the colder months.

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3. Supports digestion

Kadha herbs and spices are mostly chosen for their digestive benefits.
Cinnamon, cardamom, and fennel, commonly used in Kadha recipes, can aid digestion, relieve bloating, and promote gut health. Regular consumption can help strengthen the digestive system and also help with problems such as colds,” says the expert.

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This Kadha also helps in relieving digestive problems! Photo: Shutterstock

4. Plenty of antioxidants

Kadha is a good source of antioxidants thanks to ingredients like cinnamon, cloves and turmeric. Antioxidants neutralize the effect of free radicals in the body, which can contribute to aging and various diseases,” advises Kaul.

When you incorporate Kadha into your routine, you give your body a natural arsenal against oxidative stress.

5. Detoxify your body

Kadha contains mostly detoxifying ingredients like coriander and cumin. These herbs can help remove toxins from the body and support the liver’s natural detoxification process. Regular detoxification can improve skin health and overall vitality.

Although this Kadha has proved to be an effective remedy for cold for me, it may not work for you. So it is very important that you check with your healthcare provider that it is good for your health.

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