Came across reports that parts of the U.S. have been hit very badly by snow blizzards and life has come to a standstill and it is almost impossible to venture outdoors. Some areas have no electricity due to the cables being buried under the snow and all you can see around you are vast expanses of white. At times it might seem that the Ice Age is back.
I can’t even imagine what life can be like during such conditions because the place where I stay (Kolkata, India) has never experienced such chill. It must be so tough for all of you out there.
During such times what you need is heat…from any source.
I think I have come up with a cracker of a recipe which can put the fire back in your belly. It is basically very simple but effective, so give it a shot right now. This drink strengthens the immune system against cold and cough and also keeps your body warm.
Water 2 cups
Sugar or Honey – 2 tsp
Cinnamon – 2 inch stick
Cloves – 4
Green Cardamom – 4
Dry Ginger Powder – 1 tsp
Grated Ginger – 1 tsp
Saffron – few strands
Basil Leaves, few, optional
Bay Leaves – 3, optional
1. Crush all the dry ingredients lightly.
2. Put them in the water.
3. Add Sugar or honey
4. Let it boil for 8 – 10 minutes
5. Strain and drink the “Kadha” warm.
6. You may adjust the sweetness as desired.
1. Drink 2-3 times a day
2. Pregnant women should avoid this drink.
A couple of days back I came across a very useful blog post titled ‘Saffron Cantuccini’.
The author of this blog is a very enterprising woman named Janice whose love for herbs is noteworthy. In fact, I told her so.
The link to her blog is http://potionsfromwildwood.wordpress.com
Anybody who has even a slightest bit of interest in nature and anything related to nature should check out Janice’s blog. While going through her post ‘Saffron Cantuccini’, I myself came up with something on Saffron.
Traditionally saffron is believed to promote fairness of the complexion. It is widely used in cosmetics, especially in fairness creams. It is an age-old belief that pregnant women give birth to ‘fair’ babies, if they consume saffron.
1. Make a paste of a pinch of saffron with sandalwood powder and 2 tsp of milk.
2. The paste should be thick and flowy in consistency.
3. Apply a thin mask on the face and let it dry.
4. Wash with cold water.
5. This treatment is good for sensitive skin too.