An awful cold never comes alone, it travels with many companions such as headaches and mild fever to name a few.
The common cold can cast its Spell of Doom at anytime. However it is ably assisted during the monsoons by high levels of humidity.
A cold and a cough can ruin your travel experience.It is best to dismiss it forthwith.I share with you a Wizard’s brew you could prepare yourself as well, which does exactly that.
I reveal the secret of an ENCHANTING GOBLET and a miraculous and curative drink.
It was specially concocted and served in a restaurant called Latest Recipe ( Le Meridien Spa & Resort, Mahabaleshwar) .
The staff probably heard me coughing and caught me sniffling whilst dabbing my handkerchief to the ends of my sore nose.
Miraculously a very large Goblet with wisps of smoke emanating from a light yellow brew was placed in front of me. It was called THE TODDY DRINK by the wizard Abhishek.
I gleefully peered into the magical goblet , breathing in the aromatic steam and saw the most amazing combination of spices floating at the top.
The cocktail worked wonders and revealed the medicinal qualities of these ancient spices ( angels for me) used in AYURVEDA. I am giving the Sanskrit names to reveal the importance these spices had even 2500 years ago.
The first angel is the clove and can be seen clearly in the picture below.
Launga ( Hindi) , Clove ( English) , Syzygium Aromaticum, (Scientific), Devkusum ( Sanskrit)
Dev Kusum literally translated means Flower of the Gods.
How appropriate as it is considered the Champion of antioxidants.
Having anti microbial, anti fungal, anti viral properties it is an excellent antidote to a common cold.
In China and Iran ( ancient Persia) it is considered an aphrodisiac. The Toddy cocktail was however served in India and am sure the caring staff at the Le Meridian was unaware of any such mythical properties.( those reading could improvise if they so wish) .
The delicious warm brew has lemon and ginger juice which forms a formidable weapon against the common cold.
The second spice which came to my rescue were the little green pods you can spot in the centre of the goblet.
Elaichi ( Hindi) ,Cardamom ( English) . Zingiberaceae elettaria ( Scientific) ,
Ela ( Sanskrit)
Ayurveda’s most powerful mucus destroyer.It sure stopped my leaking tap.
Cardamom helps in cleansing the body as it has detoxifying properties. It improves blood circulation to the lungs . Hence, Cardamom is beneficial for those suffering from respiratory allergies
Properties ( Gunn) : taste ( raas) : Potency (virya)
The third angel was what led to the discovery of the Americas and was once labelled as BLACK GOLD.
Kali mirch( Hindi), Black Pepper ( English) , Piper nigrum ( Scientific) , Marich ( Sanskrit).
The black pepper is very rich in the vitamins B-complex.It helps in opening all obstructions in the channels of the body.
The little black dots floating are Black Pepper.
The Le Meridien Spa & Resort at Mahabaleshwar is a treasure trove for nature lovers and is I believe a mine for medicinal plants and herbs.
The fourth angel is the bark of a tree and is easily distinguishable from the green cardamom and the black pepper dots in the picture above.
Dalchini ( Hindi) ,Cinnamon( English) ,Cinnamomum Zylenicum ( Scientific) Twak ( Sanskrit).
Ayurveda classifies all medicinal plants under three broad and interesting heads:
Qualities ( Gunn) : Taste ( raas) : Potency (virya).
Check out the link for more at: http://www.ayushveda.com
This dealt the final blow to the common cold as the bark of the Cinnamon has many Gunns (qualities) as a Powerful Germicide, Insecticide and Fungicide, all rolled into one.
Thank you Abhishek , you were the wizard who vanquished the spoiler ;the common cold .
What a heady brew.