Winter Tonic - Kashaya Tea

Winter Tonic / Kashaya Tea

A sweet and spicy herbal drink form South India prepared using aromatic spices based in Ayurveda.

Health Benefits

Kashaya can cure nagging colds, chest colds, loss of appetite, clear sinuses, and nausea. Its a wonderful substitute for caffeinated loaded drinks and it aids in weight loss.

  • Part 1 Making Kashaya Powder
  • 1 cup coriander seeds
  • 1/3 cup cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup fennel seeds
  • 1-2 TBS black peppercorns
  • 1-2 tsp dry ginger ( optional)

Dry roast the herbs separately on a low flame till the heady aroma of the spices fills your home. Spread the roasted spices on a wide plate and let them cool to room temperature. Grind al the spices along with the ginger root to a fine powder and store in an air tight jar.

Part 2. Making Kashaya Drink

  • 1 heaped tsp Kashaya powder
  • 1/4 cup milk( add more or less based on your preference) I use coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2-1TBS Jaggery/molasses/coconut sugar. Adjust for taste
  • 1/2 tsp cinamon, a pinch of cardamom or turmeric powder( optional)

Take 1 cup water in a sauce pan and bring to boil. Once water has come to a boil, mix a heaped tsp of kashaya powder and sweetener to taste. Let it boil for 1 minute and mix in 1/4 cup milk along with cardamom, cinnamon/turmeric powder if using. Switch off flame and let rest for one minute for the flavors to infuse. Strain it through a fine sieve and drink whilst hot.

adapted from my Herbalist teachers notes. KP Singh Khalsa- Natural Healing Specialist

Herb Profiles:

Coriander - Improves digestion, Rich in antioxidants, Normalizes blood sugar and cholesterol, fights infection. Use in combination with Fennel and cumin will strengthen digestion without aggravating pitta  

Safety profile: if have allergic reaction to cilantro then avoid coriander

Cumin - Great warming spice for all types, gas reducing, rich in flavonoidse, excellent source of iron and minerals,Stimulates and strengthens digestion, Regulates blood sugar helps to normalize cholesterol, demonstrated cancer fighting potential, prevents bone loss, kills bad bacteria (traditionally used to preserve food)

Safety profile: excellent safety profile

Fennel - Strengthens Digestion, reduces intestinal gas and cramping making it an effective pain reliever, reduces inflammation, kills toxins, powerful antioxidant, cancer fighter

Safety rating: excellent safety profile

Cinnamon - Great warming spice for irregular agni, Increases circulation, reduces intestinal spasms and gas,  lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, reduces inflammation, anti microbial

Safety Profile: safe in doses of 1 tsp daily

Cardamom - Cardamon is a relative of Ginger and Turmeric. It increases digestion, particularly heavy, hard to digest food, warming anti mucous herb, pain relieving, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory. Sprinkled in coffee will reduce acidity and mucous from milk

Safety Profile: No herb drug

Turmeric - Blood purifier, liver restorative, antimicrobial and anti bacterial, antioxidant,  anti inflammatory, anti cancer, Its nourishing to the heart. Helps with blood circulation and stops the formation of new plaque.Reduces existing plaque in the arteries.

It protects the liver by increase bile flow. It normalizes cholesterol and has been used in the treatment of diabetes. It strengthens digestion & helps to restore intestinal flora.