Avaram poo tea is full of antioxidants and tastes really good. It is also one of the best substitutes for caffeinated drinks. The main problem with caffeinated drinks is that they are very dehydrating, this avarampoo tea is just the opposite, it hydrates the body very nicely. In the olden days, when people walked for a long distance under the hot sun, they used to carry a bundle of avarampoo (Tanner’s – Cassia in English) on their heads to keep their body cool and prevent the body from getting dehydrated. If even keeping the flowers on the head prevents dehydration, just imagine how hydrated the body will be when you take it internally. Avarampoo is in full bloom throughout the year, especially if the rains are good, you can easily collect the flowers everywhere. Collect fresh avarampoo flowers, clean it well and sun dry till crisp under hot sun and store it an airtight bottle. To make avarampoo tea, take mature palm candy and hulled cardamom seeds, called cardamom- decort in English. These are the mature cardamom seeds that are are already slit open and sold in the markets. We can get it in country medical shops in the name of elarisi. Since cardamom is used widely in home remedies, it is sold in the country medical shops like this, as it is easier to use. You can also substitute it with regular green cardamom powder, pound them both together in a mortar and pestle along with dried avarampoo. Boil whole, organic milk in a pan, add this powder and when it comes to a boil switch off. This tea has a mild sweet taste that I completely love and if you find that the tea is very thick, you can use half cup milk and half cup water for making this simple tea. This tea keeps the body hydrated, is full of antioxidants that keeps the skin and body healthy, is very good for diabetic patients (they can skip the palm candy in the recipe), treats excessive thirst and painful urination very effectively. Elarisi treats mouth odor and palm candy is good for anemia. Collect avaram poo flowers when you visit a village, sun dry and use it year round. This tea can be given to young children, before they go out to play in the hot sun to keep them hydrated.
1. Take fresh avarampoo in a plate and sun dry till crisp.
2. This is cardamom-decort or elarisi.
3. Pound elarisi, palm candy, black pepper corns (if using) and dried avarampoo flowers coarsely in a mortar and pestle.
4. Boil milk with the pounded mixture and once it boils, switch off.
5. Strain and drink it hot.
- For children you can use whole milk, for elders if you feel the tea is thick you can thin it down with water.
- Make sure to dry the avarampoo well before storing, else it will spoil.
- This tea can be consumed regularly and there are no side effects.
- Increase or decrease the sweetness according to your taste.
- Palm candy is rich in iron and minerals, so this tea is truly an amazing health drink that is full of minerals and antioxidants.
- If you catch a cold or have a sore throat, add few black pepper corns while pounding, it will be very soothing.