equal quantities for extraction of the dried phlegm. (iii) For recurrent bouts of cough, crush 3-4 pepper corns, add a few cumin (jeera) seeds and a little salt and take 2-3 times a day.
29. Small Cardamom (Chhoti Elaichi) – The volatile oil in it acts as an expectorant and anti-spasmodic, improves circulation to the lungs and is good for cough, bronchitis and asthma. (i) Pound seeds of 3-4 cardamoms and mix equal quantities of freshly ground black pepper and dried ginger. Add honey to this mixture and take ¼ teaspoon 2-3 times a day. (ii) A tea-like concoction made with small cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and a few leaves of basil (tulsi) allays body-ache associated with cough and cold and acts as a refreshing agent.
30. Cloves (Laung) – With 20% essential oil, is a destroyer of phlegm and is beneficial in bronchial asthma. Chew cloves and caraway seeds (ajwain) together for expectoration of phlegm.
31. Cinnamon (Dalchini) – It has antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties due to its essential oil, is a destroyer of phlegm and is useful in the malady of cold and sore throat. Mix ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder with one teaspoon of honey, add a pinch of freshly ground black pepper and a few drops of ginger juice. Take this mixture once or twice daily.
32. Camphor (Mushkapoor) – Is a good antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, counter-irritant and sedative. Camphor tends to loosen the stuck phlegm and makes expectoration easy. During an asthma attack, mustard oil mixed with a little camphor should be massaged over the back of the chest to ease breathing. Massage the throat with this mixture externally to soothe sore throat.
33. Honey – Is an antioxidant that can destroy dangerous infections, fends off free radicals and a common remedy for asthma. (i) In an asthma attack, hold the jug of honey under the nose and inhale the air that comes in contact with the honey to help breathe easy and deeply; (ii) One or two teaspoons of honey taken with water or milk