Popular in South Asian households is an Ayurvedic remedy that is used for upper respiratory congestion and bronchial conditions. This concoction of powdered herbs is called sitopaladi and is believed to have antihistaminic properties.
As children, we readily ate this “medicine”, sometimes even faking a cough, because of how yummy it tasted. As a mom, I forced it down my toddler-aged kids’ throats at the first whiff of a cough but soon they too became willing recipients of this mixture.
Below are the ingredients I use for my [modified] version of the commercially available Ayurvedic herbal powder which works wonders for coughs, colds, bronchitis, and most respiratory and digestive ailments.
- Rock sugar or rock candy is a tiny, crystal, unrefined form of sugar made after evaporating sugarcane juice. The process of crystallization and recrystallization of rock sugar leaves a cooling effect on the body and promotes digestion. It is also an instant source of energy and helps lift spirits during mood swings. It is a healthy substitute for table sugar.
- Black pepper contains piperine, which increases the bioavailability of curcumin — an anti-inflammatory compound found in turmeric, by inhibiting an enzyme that breaks down curcumin in the body.
- Green Cardamom has high levels of antioxidants.
- Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory, and has many other medicinal properties.
- Turmeric is a superfood with anti-inflammatory & antioxidant properties, just to name a few.
- Fennel is an antioxidant and has antibacterial & anti-inflammatory properties.
- Ginger has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Rock Sugar [also known as rock candy] – 8 tbsp
- Whole Black Pepper – 4 tbsp
- Green Cardamom kernels – 2 tbsp
- Whole Cinnamon – 1 tbsp
- Dry Fennel – 1 tbsp
- Turmeric Powder – 1 tbsp
- Dry Ginger – 1 tbsp
- Place all ingredients in a coffee grinder and grind them into a fine powder.
- Store the powder in an airtight jar at room temperature.
HOW TO USE
- Mix half a teaspoon of the herbal powder with one teaspoon of honey and lick the paste [like you would ice cream.]