Along with the winter holidays comes over eating, unhealthy eating, change in the weather which leads up to flu like symptoms. Personally, common cold is fine but if it becomes worse and develops into a cough then it gets really uncomfortable. I have posted here a recipe to prevent catching a cold, but this one that I am posting is when you are into it full swing and have a cough along with congestion. My mother made this for us (almost reminds me of the ad for gripe water) and now I make it for my nieces nephews and my daughter. I am currently having it myself because all the swift changes in weather has affected me too. Please do give it a try if you need to get some relief from cough. After reading this post most of you might wonder as to where you can find some of these Indian ingredients. You can find them in Asian or Indian stores.
Measuring Spoon and Cups
Betle Leaves - 2
Tulasi/ Holy Basil - 10 leaves ( thanks to my back door neighbour who grows them in huge bushes and for sharing some with me this afternoon)
Omavalli leaves/ Spanish thyme/ Mexican Thyme or mint/ Hung Chanh - 7 leaves or Omam/Ajwan Seeds - 1 tsp
Water - 1 cups
Honey - 2 tbsp ( can add more for additional sweetness)
1. Wash the leaves well. Boil the water and add the ingredients and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
2. Grind the leaves and seeds into a fine paste.
3. Strain and have 1 tbsp three times a day with the required amount of honey.