As promised, I write this post to share one of the best remedies for cold.
Chukku (Dried Ginger) – about 5 inch long piece
Black pepper – 10 to 15 (crushed fine)
Cumin and Coriander seeds – 1 tsp each crushed fine (optional)
Karupatti (Palm Jaggery) powdered – 1 cup
Tulsi (holy Basil) leaves – 1 bunch
Water – 5 cups
Coffee powder – 1/2 tsp (optional)
Crush the chukku in a mortar and pestle till it almost gets powdered (If you get really good dried ginger, it’ll become powder with relatively lesser crushing – ask for ‘maavu chukku’). Dissolve the karupatti in water in a thick bottomed vessel, to this add the powdered chukku, crushed black pepper, coriander and cumin seeds and the tulsi leaves. Allow this mixture to come to a boil. If desired, 1/2 tsp of coffee powder can be added now for the flavor. Allow this to boil on a medium flame for about 10 minutes. Let it sit for about 5 minutes to sediment. Pour out the clear liquid and drink.
This is a sure shot home remedy for common cold. This mixture would be spicy(hot) and if you have a moderate cold, you can use a little less of the chukku and black peppercorns.
Cold or not, this drink is quite refreshing and can be taken everyday!!!
Do try it sometime and let me know if it helped. Have other home remedies for cold? do write them in comments!