Tea or Coughy?

(Back in 2012, daycare almost killed me…but then I made tea and am still here today.)

Hiyeee! Daycare might kill me. I’ve been healthy for 3 weeks this year so far. My daughter started daycare on January 3rd and since then at least one of us has been sick in the house. Maybe there is a reason (as there is for everything) and I’m supposed to practice my Ayurvedic remedies on myself? I will chalk that up to a big fat, “Yes!” And since it’s approaching kapha season, I know I’m not the only one with a cough and snotty nose! So I share.

I had a really deep cough with a little mucus, a clogged nose, and aches. It all sucked. I couldn’t even think. The cough was really forceful–felt like my tonsils were going to fling out and my chest was going to collapse. So I decided to put on my Ayurvedic hat and make myself some tea.

Here’s what I know:
Black Pepper reduces/liquifies kapha (mucus) in the chest and lungs. It’s heating and drying which loosens anything thick, wet and sticky. It helps breathing and rejuvenates the respiratory system. Brill.
Cloves stop a cough in its tracks. If you suck/chew on a clove, your cough (or hiccups for that matter) will stop instantly. Cloves are also heating and they benefit the throat. They are also an expectorant. Yay!
Cinnamon Sticks work on the lungs because it clears mucus and reduces aggravated vata (*cough* *cough* *cough*). Sa-weet.

On top of it, these three spices all work to reduce ama. And as we know ama is the root cause for most illnesses. Whee! Lookey there. I’ve covered all bases from spastic vata cough to mucus in my kapha chest. This sh*t was going to cure me.

Then I put it to the test.
Pittas, forgive my lack of accuracy but you are going to have to wing this recipe a little (I have to say that or the pittas will email me). Take a small amount to fill the crux in your curved palm (you know, the small sink hole), 12-15 black pepper balls, 10-12 cloves, and 2 medium cinnamon sticks (more if they are small) and throw in a tea pot of water. Boil the water for 5 minutes. It’s going to smell rockin’ good, provided you can smell anything. I strained the tea and poured over a bag of ginger tea and added honey. Disclaimer for pittas: You can’t screw this recipe up. If you use too many cinnamon sticks, it’s still fine.

Ginger. is good for almost everything. Known as universal medicine in Ayurveda, it is dry, heating, and light and works on removing ama from all tissues (goodbye aches). One of the many things it does is kindle agni and alleviates cough. This was sooo going to work.
Raw Honey has what is called prabhava in Ayurveda, which means “special quality.” It looks and feels like it is sticky, thick and cold, but it actually digests as heating, sharp, and dry. That’s why we put honey in our tea when we are sick :)

Guess what? I sipped the tea for two days and this SH*T worked!!!!!!!!!! I had a cough for 3 days, not to mention while drinking the tea, my cough stopped completely, my nose started running (so I could actually blow something out of it), and my chest felt open. My husband (didn’t drink the tea) had/has a cough about 10 days and my coworker (no tea) for 10-14. Friends, will you please SHARE this information with your loved ones!? I kid you not. I want to see all your little facebooks with a link that says, “Have tea instead of coughy, from MonicaB!” and I want to see all the happy links all over the internets. That’s your homework. Now, let’s go heal the world. Love you! xoxo.

12 Responses to Tea or Coughy?

  1. Alexis says:

    Beautiful share, Monica! Don’t stop doing what you do, the world needs it. Every time I read your blog it always lifts my spirits and reconnects me to the gift that is Ayurveda!

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  4. Kait says:

    Thank you Monica! This explanation is very helpful:)

  5. Kait says:

    Hi Monica, thanks for this info! I had this virus a few weeks ago at a meditation seminar in India. One of my Indian friends told me about the clove remedy and suggested I go to the ashram kitchen and ask for a clove. Of course I didn’t ask and coughed all the way home on the plane!! I have a question: as a kapha dominant person I use many spices and was drinking tea with Ginger and black pepper upon returning to the USA. When I went to the acupuncturist for a few treatments he told me to stop drinking the tea. The acupuncture really helps my lungs, but it seems like the Chinese medicine and Ayuerveda contradict each other and I become confused. I was just wondering if you have found this to be the case, or maybe it is just my practitioner.

    • Monica says:

      Hi Kait!
      Good question! I always tell people to stick to once science. If you are doing Ayurveda, stick with Ayurveda all the way. If you are doing acupuncture/Chinese medicine, then do that. They both work. While they have similar and some overlapping philosophies, they are not identical and they are not the same. However when I was doing my own healing, I sort of did a hybrid (I didn’t know I was breaking my own rule at the time!). I did acupuncture, but followed an Ayurvedic way of eating (specific foods, time of eating, and nutritional guidelines). But by “Ayurvedic way of eating” I cooked my foods, ate at the right times, and ate balanced meals according to my dosha. I didn’t do any teas, remedies, or take any Ayurvedic herbs.

      So in some instances they do conflict. I’ve often told my own clients who do acupuncture and then want to incorporate Ayurveda to just stick with acupuncture and see if it works. Whatever science you are using, give it a chance to work before introducing something else. Does that help?

  6. Marlo says:

    I tried it and added some freshly minced ginger in my cup as well. It taste delicious and really help me feel better. Still run down but I definitely feel better already.

  7. Mary says:

    Can’t wait to get my next cough/cold :)

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