I was suffering from a haggling cough for almost a fortnight and the antibiotics did not seem to work. I was so fed up that I gave up on those meds and made this concoction. And the result was definitely something that I was happy with!
Since then I have been making this and giving my kids when ever I see the first signs of cold and cough.And surprisingly the kids don't mind taking this instead of the meds.
If you have a Holy Basil plant in your garden , then that's all you need along with a few kitchen staples.
Holy Basil leaves /Thulasi - a handful
Ginger- a 2" piece
Pepper- 1 teaspoon
Ajwain / Carom seeds-1 teaspoon
Palm sugar / palm candy to sweeten the concoction
Wash the thulasi leaves and discard the twigs.Use only the leaves.
Using a motor and pestle make a coarse paste of all the ingredients except the sweeter .
Bring to boil 2-3 cups of water and add the ground paste and simmer till it reduces to 3/4 its original quantity.Remove from heat. Strain and add the sweetener.
Sip this while it is still hot so that it is more effective. This can be had in small quantities throughout the day.
- Sometimes I add honey instead of palm candy and the kids love it this way.
- Do not add sugar as it is really not a good substitute. Use honey / palm sugar / palm candy
Disclaimer : This is not a medical advice. This remedy has worked for me. If symptoms persist consult your physician.