Traditional Ayurvedic Tea - Home Medicine from India

swagat_tokyo
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Tea is popular in many forms all over world. In India Tea is an essential part of life. Here I would like to share its use in healing Cold, Cough ( and now it is widely gossiped as remedy to Swine Flu, treat it as Joke, but I actually heard a roadside vendor shouting on top of his voice " Drink Lemon Grass Tea and tackle Swine Flu" ). It is a common home medicine in India, traditionally came down from our grandparents.

Ingredients : 1/2 cup Water, 1/2 cup Milk, 1 spoon Sugar, 1 1/4 spoon Tea Powder, 2 Lemon Grass leaves, Ginger, 5 Basil leaves

Procedure
For 1 cup of tea : put 1/2 cup of water for boiling. Chop Lemon Grass and Basil leaves into small pieces and add. Crush or cut small pieces of ginger (quantity 1/4 tea spoon) and add. Add 1 tea spoon of sugar. Keep it for boiling. Let the mixture boil for 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of milk and let it boil. Once the mix starts boiling add 1 1/4 tea spoon of Tea powder in it and let it boil for another 3 minutes. Filter the mixture and get a cup of refreshing strong tea.

Lemon Grass, Basil leaves and ginger are having very good medicine properties. Drinking this tea will build your body resistance. Ginger will build body heat and help you fight cold and cough.

Drink it continuously for 1 month if you are suffering from cough. This traditional method followed everywhere in India.

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Loretta
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Re: Traditional Ayurvedic Tea - Home Medicine from India

What is tea powder?

It seems to be a vital part of your recipe. However, the only tea powder I know of and use is matcha and I don't believe you mean this as matcha tea powder should never be boiled.

Is there a certain kind of tea you have in mind for this recipe?

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Re: Traditional Ayurvedic Tea - Home Medicine from India

From what I can gather from other recipes this type of tea is an herbal blend that can vary pretty dramatically, so it would not be matcha or any other green or black tea. I have seen tea powder as a form of instant tea, but using a good bagged or loose tea herbal blend would probably do the trick.

I have been trying my hand making my own herbal tea lately and I have learned that you really have to customize everything to your tastes, so while a recipe is a good guideline there is no reason to follow them strictly.

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Re: Traditional Ayurvedic Tea - Home Medicine from India

Sorry, Stephanie.
I'm not sure what you mean by "herbal tea" - if you're discussing 'real' tea with herbs or tisanes.

Whilst I agree that there is no reason to follow a recipe strictly, I personally like to understand the fundamentals of a recipe before I start to fiddle around with it.

But it could well be that this recipe is just an excuse to post an advert and so I'll never find out....

I can't help but remember this:

Q - Why do Marxists only drink herbal tea?
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A - Because all proper tea is theft.

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Traditional Ayurvedic Tea - Home Medicine from India

I think you're right about the advert.

I'm also a bit amused about the "drink continuously for a month" instruction. If a cough hasn't gone away all by itself within a month I think you need to be visiting a doctor.

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Stephanie
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Re: Traditional Ayurvedic Tea - Home Medicine from India

Sorry here herbal tea refers to a tea that contains no tea plant material, so it would be what you call tisanes.

And I quite agree that this would probably not be the best course of treatment for a cough lasting a month. As with most other herbal teas (or tisanes), I mainly drink them for the flavor and so I don't go overboard on the caffeine not to cure anything.

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Re: Traditional Ayurvedic Tea - Home Medicine from India

Echinacea tea/tisane is supposed to be great to boost the immune system. My boyfriend swears that by drinking echinacea-infused citrus juices, he can get over the flu in 3 days. I'm not so confident in the stuff, but it certainly helps me prevent getting sick if I drink it through the cold/flu season. Hibiscus is supposed to be great for allergies. Chamomile and lavender are both good sleep aids, but can aggravate some allergies.

I've never had powdered tea apart from matcha. Would it have the same quality as instant coffee?

I've found that most people don't know the word "tisane" unless they've done a bit of tea studying; "herbal tea" is more commonly used in my area.

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Re: Traditional Ayurvedic Tea - Home Medicine from India
another_amanda wrote:

I've found that most people don't know the word "tisane" unless they've done a bit of tea studying; "herbal tea" is more commonly used in my area.

That might be true in the UK also - although I'm not sure about the 'studying' part.

The initial recipe (which calls for plenty of milk) seems to be related to the chai teas popular in India. There's a tea house that serves Massala chai from terracotta cups not so far from me - http://www.chaiwalla.info/
I'd hoped that swagat_tokyo was posting as a real forum member and could talk a little about the chai recipe. My own assumption was that the tea from the recipe was likely to be an Assam tea. (But why 'powder'? Perhaps it's because so many of the cheaply available tea bags are made with the dust and 'sweepings' that form a natural and inevitable part of tea leaf processing. Konacha, commonly associated with sushi bars, is a green tea made from this kind of dust/sweeping, I'm rather fond of this but it's leagues away in taste from matcha which is ground into powder purposefully)

Anyway, it was obvious that my own interpretation of the original post - a tea made with milk and herbs - was different to Stephanie's 'herbal tea' description. The word 'tisane' becomes really useful in this kind of scenario. I guess I picked this word up early on as the first herbal 'teas' I ever drank were at a French neighbour's home (tilleul: linden or lime tree leaf has been a favourite since childhood thanks to these neighbours).

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Traditional Ayurvedic Tea - Home Medicine from India

Or if they read Agatha Christie. Hercule Poirot is a great believer in a tisane when he's being hypochondriacal. Is that a word? It is now.

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