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Herbal Teas and decoction
Ayurveda offers numerous herbal formulations to keep fit. Many such preparations are used in our daily life and have found a permanent place in our kitchen. Much before the acceptance and assimilation of tea into our lives, ayurvedic texts and our unwritten traditional wisdom prescribed herbal decoctions to be used both by a healthy and a diseased person. Conveniently called ‘Desi’ or herbal teas nowadays, here are a few decoctions to keep fit this winter, and otherwise.
Take a cup of water and bring it to boil. Put half a teaspoonful each of semicrushed seeds of coriander, fennel and cumin, popularly known as dhania, saunf and safed jeera, respectively, into it. Strain after five minutes. Taken after a meal, it acts as a good digestive aid for conditions involving gas, belching and distension of abdomen. To kindle the digestive fire, a small slice of fresh ginger can be boiled in a cup of water; after adding a little of honey and lemon, it makes a tasty carminative drink, before meals.
LAXATIVE BARLEY BREW
Take two teaspoonful of half crushed barley, one teaspoonful of liquorice and 20 gm of chopped figs ( anjeer). Put all these in 200 ml of water for few hours. Boil till it is reduced to half and drink warm, after straining. This decoction gently clears the bowels and works well if taken in the evening. For severe cases, 10-20 gm of amaltas pulp can be taken, in a similar manner.
TEA FOR COUGH AND COLDS
In a dry container, take half-crushed powders of 50 gm of banafsha, 20 gm of saunf and 10 gm each of clove, liquorice, cinnamon and cardamom. Boiling two teaspoonful of it in a cup of water or even milk makes it an excellent tea for the winter cold. Adding a few leaves of Tulsi turns it to be a mild antipyretic. This decoction is useful in conditions involving sore throat, flu, chest congestion and bronchitis.
DECOCTION FOR IBS AND DIABETES
Patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome can boil 10-gm of half-crushed nutgrass ( nagarmotha) in a glass of water. This simple herb is available with any paan shop and can also be brewed with ordinary tea. It binds the stool and is a safe remedy for chronic mucous
diarrheoa. Diabetics, along with their usual treatment, can take the tea or decoction made of 1 teaspoonful of fenugreek seeds ( methi beej) once a day. Not to be used in hypertension, this toning and strengthening tea is good for nerves and digestion.
TRANQUILLISING HERBAL BREW
Take equal quantity of brahmi, jatamansi and shankhpushpi. Crush them together and make small packs of it by putting 2-5 gm of the powder in a thin cotton cloth. Boiled independently or with ordinary tea, this brew is an effective remedy to treat insomnia, anxiety disorders and stress.
MILK FORTIFIED WITH HERBS
Ayurvedic texts advise the use of certain herbs by boiling in milk. Called‘ksheer paak’ in Sanskrit, 5 gm of Ashwagandha powder can be boiled in a cup of milk for patients suffering from nervous and geriatric debility. In a similar way, the bark of Arjun tree and the powder of Asparagus roots ( shatavar) can be given to heart patients and ladies undergoing menopause, respectively. In winters, most of us take milk prepared with dry fruits like dates and almond. Though most dry fruits are nutritious and aphrodisiac in effect, their high-calorie value restricts their use to individual suitability. Read More