With winter comes snow and cold or cough. All the over indulgence during the holidays and lack of exercise makes most people fall sick. According to Madhioli Saraswathi, also known as Akka to me recommends that we have Jeera (Cumin)/ Ajwain(omam) water on a regular basis to keep our body temperature in sync with the changing seasons. My family and I have been doing just that and it always helps a lot especially when one initially catches a cold or have a terrible cough, sour throat. In fact, it helped me get over my cold faster without expanding into a flu or cough. Either by diluting the concentrated portion with warm water and drinking through the day or by adding honey to the concentrate and having 3 tbsp morning and evening it helps the cold to disappear faster. I give it to my daughter every day when the seasons change to keep her from catching a cold.
NOTE: I know that most people have pepper as a cure for cold and cough, but personally I stay away from pepper to avoid the common cold become a bad cough. For some reason all the leaky nose dries up and results in a dry cough. So please stay away from pepper and you can cruise through your cold with cumin/ajwain water.
Measuring cups and spoons
Water - 1 cup
Cumin seeds - 3 tbsp
Omam/ajwain - 1 tsp
Basil / Tulasi - 4 leaves(optional)
Honey - 6 tsp
1. Boil water and add cumin seeds, ajwain seeds and boil for 5 minutes on low heat.
2. After 5 minutes remove from heat and add basil or tulasi leaves to it and allow to soak up.
3. Filter the liquid and add honey to it and have 3 tbsp of the liquid. The excess can be stored in the fridge and warmed.
4. For those who can handle without honey you can keep adding this to a warm cup of water and keep drinking them.
Note: This is however an home remedy and can be tried but is not the only way to heal your cold or cough.