Sunday, December 9, 2007

Herbal Tea for Cough and Cold

The cold and cough season has affected our house severely. Mostly on account of the cretins on my commute that use the subway as their own personal Petri dish. The cough has been especially rough on Scanlynn. I on the other hand have been bred on the fine air in Pune city with an S.P.M. count of over 150. As we entered the 4th day of our seasonal suffering, I remembered a concoction my ayurvedic doctor would prescribe. I would take most of what my vaidya prescribed with a pinch of salt. Not to mention the fact that some of his prescriptions actually required a pinch of salt. But I remembered that he had given me a recipe for a cough tea that could be taken if you were looking for a non-chemical alternative to calming the tickles in your throat. It was a good change from regular tea, and it did the job. And as a bonus it is herbal and all natural.

4 cups water
3 tsp grated ginger
1 stick cinnamon
10 cloves of cardamom
3 cloves
1/2 tsp black peppercorns (crushed)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Honey as per taste.

Place the water in a pot and heat it
Add all ingredients except honey
Bring to boil and allow it to boil for 4-5 min
Strain brew into a cup
Add honey
Drink while hot