Definition - What does Kashaya mean?
Kashaya is an Ayurvedic drink, used primarily to cure colds and flu. Although there are many variations to the recipe, Kashaya is comprised of four key ingredients: black peppercorns, cumin seeds, fennel seeds and coriander seeds. These ingredients are generally fried or roasted, before being pulverized into powder form and steeped in hot water to make tea. Kashaya powder should be stored in an airtight container, and will keep its nutritional value for up to two months.
Yogapedia explains Kashaya
Kashaya not only gives a boost to the immune system, but it helps to lessen the symptoms of colds and flu. Each of it's four main ingredients has several potent benefits:
- Black Peppercorns are a natural decongestant, helping to clear the sinuses. They also have anti-bacterial properties.
- Cumin Seeds are high in Vitamin E, vital for healthy skin and flushing out impurities.
- Fennel Seeds aid digestion due to their high potassium content. They also help to maintain blood pressure and promote a healthy heart.
- Coriander Seeds are high in Vitamin C which gives support to the immune system.
Ayurvedic recipes for Kashaya tend to add other ingredients such as ginger, cloves, cardamom, methi seeds or nutmeg for varied flavors or additional potency. Once the powder has been steeped in hot water for a few minutes, jaggery or honey may be added for extra sweetness prior to drinking. Kashaya is safe to be consumed daily, as often as required.