Monday, December 7, 2009


Honey is an important ingredient of a kashaya used for cold , cough and flu. This enormous beehive is one of the three which are built year after year in my school by the wild bees, Apis indica.
Mint is another ingredient which helps in flu.

Peppercorns help to bring out the phlegm.

The Indian Borage is another ingredient which is good for all bronchial ailments.

Lemon grass is good for colds.
To prepare the Kashaya, take five leaves each of mint, Indian borage and basil in a vessel. Add a 2 inch piece of the lemon grass to it. Add 2 cups of water and boil it for 2 minutes. Strain, add a teaspoon of honey to the tea and sip slowly.
There are many types of kashayas; teas to bring down fever, to relieve pain, even to help in childbirth! Every Indian family has a different recipe, some Kashayas are made from dried and powdered herbs. Being a herbal tea, kashaya gives one a sense of well being .


  1. Lotusleaf, the tea sounds good :-D Thanks for sharing this tea concoction. I think the minty lemon grassy taste would be very uplifting as well. And the honey would make it sweet. So, nice drink for any occasion.

  2. Stephanie, yes. It is refreshing.