Kashaayams are medicinal drinks that are simple to make and sensational in providing relief to minor ailments without any side effects. All that it requires is a few simple ingredients available in the kitchen. At times extra ingredients will have to be procured. But these are available in plenty in the local ‘Naattu Marundhu Kadai’ [ strores selling herbs ]
Anything from a common cold to nausea to indigestion can be cured easily by these kashaayams. These recipes are passed down in each family from one generation to another, to cure common ailments and avoid visiting the doctor unless when required.Since no sweet or additives are generally added there is a misconception that Kashaayams are always bitter and difficult to consume.
Cumin or Jeera or jeeragam is said to be excellent for digestion and helps to flush out toxins in the body.
It is rich in iron and highly beneficial for pregnant and lactating mothers. It offers an ideal cure for morning sickness.
Jeera’s antiseptic properties helps in combatting cold and fever.
Jeera bolied in water is called Jeera water and when consumed not only refreshes the body but also helps you retain excellent skin tone since it is rich in Vitamin – E.
A mix of Jeera & and Ginger powder can cure sore throat.
A ripened banana + a teaspoon of jeera + followed by a cup of jeera water is said to help people suffering from insomnia.
Jeera – 2 tsps
Water – 2 cups
Jaggery or palm sugar [ optional] – as per taste
Ginger powder [ optional] – as per taste
In a kadai dry roast jeera in medium flame. It should not get blackened. So take care to see that it is evenly roasted. A nice aroma and spluttering of the jeera are indicative of this. Add water to this and let it boil for a few minutes till the liquid reduces to half a cup.
Strain and consume it when it is lukewarm.
For those who don’t find this palatable add a little bit of jaggery or panangkalkandu or any other sweetening agent while you boil the water.
On a daily basis you can boil water with a little bit of jeera and drink this in lieu of ordinary water. This has tremendous health benefits.