Saturday, 13 April 2013

5 Best Health Benefits, Uses of Karpooravalli For Cough, Cold in Babies & Adults


If you visit any village in South India, you will find karpooravalli plants very easily. It is a tender, fleshy plant with an oregano like flavor that has amazing health benefits and medicinal uses. It's botanical name is Plectranthus Amboinicus. One can easily grow these plants in pots, as it doesn't require much maintenance. But this plant can't be grown indoors, as it needs plenty of sunlight. It's popular health benefits & medicinal uses are: 1. karpooravalli for cold and cough: This is one home remedy that we resort to first when we get a cold and cough, I have given the method of making the cough medicine and dosage below 2. Karpooravalli for Infants and babies: The vapor inhaled by boiling the leaves in water is very effective in removing the chest congestion in babies, you can also apply the juice on the chest. 3. Karpooravalli for headache: The juice of the leaves when applied on the fore head is a very good home remedy for headache, this is a very populay home remedy in Tamil Nadu 4. Homemade mosquito repellent: The juice got by bruising the leaves when applied on the skin acts as a natural mosquito repellent and the leaves can also can be carried if you are going camping to ward of mosquitoes  5. Karpooravalli For hair: During winter season karpooravalli can be added to the ingredients for making oil bath, it prevents cold and headache during winter season. Karpooravalli is also used in the treatment of hiccups, mouth ulcers, skin infections, colic asthma and indigestion. To make the cough medicine from karpooravalli, the karpooravalli leaves are pounded to extract the juice and then the juice is mixed with honey and given to a person with cough due to cold. One gets good relief from cough with this remedy. The juice of these leaves have a very strong distinctive smell, but it is not bitter. Don't substitute honey with sugar for this remedy, as sugar will increase the cough. We even treat small children with this remedy. Try drinking this juice, at least for three days to get good relief from cough. Some people make rasam | soup out of these leaves, but extracting the juice directly like this gives the best results. For children reduce the quantity, for young babies a tsp of this juice will be enough.



METHOD:

1. Wash the leaves well. Pound these leaves in a mortar and pestle. As the leaves are fleshy, it gives out it's juice easily. Add 1-2 tbsp of boiled water when pounding the leaves to make it easier to extract the juice.



2. Strain the juice. When you are straining the juice, press the leaves with your hands to extract the juice from it completely and discard the leaves.


3. Add honey to the extracted juice and your cough medicine is ready!




 NOTES:
  • Drink the juice immediately.
  • If you feel the juice is very concentrated, thin it down with little boiled water.
  • We use this remedy to treat cough, due to cold.

37 comments:

  1. long time back amma gave this to me ! now i totally forget about this ! thats a good info !

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  2. Good information. Thanks

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  3. Can these leaves be dried and used later?

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    1. Yes, you can dry the leaves and use them later...

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  4. How many leaves needed to make juice to be given to 5 year old? How many times a day?

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    1. For a 5 year old kid, 2 big karpooravalli leaves will be enough. Give the juice once in empty stomach for 3 days...

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  5. For a 18 month old how much should I give.

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    1. For 18 month old child, the juice of half a karpooravalli leaf will work well....

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    2. For 3 year baby how many leaves ad how many days can give . any side effects

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    3. For 3 year old baby you can give the juice of 2 leaves and it can be given for 3 days. If given in the proper dosage it will not have any side effects...

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  6. This is also known as French thyme. In grows well indoors if placed in a sunny window. I have them all over my house and we live in a somewhat colder region. These are not winter hardy plants

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  7. For 2months baby how should I give

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    1. I would suggest waiting till the baby is at least 4 to 5 months old before giving karpooravalli...

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  8. I eat 3 leaves with some rock salt when i get first sign of cough / cold... always helps

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  9. During pregnancy can i eat karpora valli leaf for cold

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    1. Yes you can karpooravalli while pregnant for treating cold...

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  10. How much should I give for 4 months old baby??

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  11. How much should I have to give for 4 months old baby?

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  12. How much should I have to give for 4 months old baby, when to give and how many times??

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  13. How much should I give for 4 months old baby??

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  14. hi.. for 4 month baby how much to give? how to calculate a proper dosage according to their age? my eldest 7 yrs and 2 yrs old.. tq

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  15. hi.. how much to give to 4 month baby?.. how to calculate the correct dose according to the age?

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    1. For new born babies, we usually give around 5 to 6 drops of karpooravalli juice. For 7 year old child, 5 ml of the karpooravalli juice can be given. It can be given once everyday for 3 days...

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  16. Thank You For Information

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  17. Thank you so much for the valuable information. In my home, its grown like a bush. By your blog, I got a method to this leaves.
    Thanks,
    Parthasarathi
    Mysore

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    1. I am glad, karpooravalli has wonderful medicinal uses...

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  18. hi,

    how many leaves should be given for a 16 month old baby?

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    1. Use the juice of 2 small karpooravalli leaves, 8 to 10 drops pf the juice will work well.....

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  19. how many leaves should be given to a 16 month old baby?

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  20. its a variety of Basil and not Thyme

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  21. Thyme is called Omam in Tamil

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  22. is there any side effect for using karpooravalli leaf. because I dont have a kid. is it affect anything. pls guide me.

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