In India, many of us would have heard our parents or grandparents tell us that when they fell sick their elders would make some “Kadha (magic potion)” and that provided relief. Many of us would have been given this home remedy too and experienced the benefits of “Kadha” for some or the other ailment.

For those of you wondering what exactly this Kadha is, it is nothing but a combination of herbs and kitchen ingredients, boiled in water for a specific time. This water is a great home remedy used to provide relief against different diseases/ ailments depending on the ingredients used.

Today I shall share the recipe of one such potion which was used at my mom’s place and now at mine and is a great home remedy for cold or cough.

Ingredients for the home remedy for cold or cough

2 glasses of water
4 garlic cloves
1-inch ginger
1 tbsp jaggery
1/2 tsp turmeric
5 – 6 pepper balls
2 – 3 cloves
1 small stick cinnamon
1 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
5 -6 tulsi leaves


Mix all the ingredients along with the 2 glasses of water in a saucepan and boil the water till 1/2 of it is remaining.
Strain the water and drink warm

Adults can consume this half glass at a time 2 times a day and children about half a cup. You can increase the amount of jaggery for kids or dilute it a bit

Also read – 5 most effective remedies for the common cold in kids

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Sabeeka Lambe

I have been working in the software technology services space for over 15 years. In my professional life I help in implementing quality standards like ISO, CMMi & Six Sigma to make developers and testers jobs easier & process oriented. Through this blog I am sharing similar techniques coupled with age old wisdom from my mom and grand mom to make our living healthier and medicine free. To work in any new field, it helps if you read and train too, and I did the same. Have got a diploma in Naturopathy from Mumbai to enhance my knowledge and skills on this topic that I am passionate about

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