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.




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!



  • 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.


  1. AparnaRajeshkumar
    April 14, 2013 / 6:55 am

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

  2. Anonymous
    August 20, 2013 / 4:02 am

    Good information. Thanks

  3. shanmuga vel
    August 25, 2013 / 11:51 am

    Good one for cold

  4. siva
    February 5, 2014 / 2:20 am

    Thanks for updating

    • Svigneshkumar
      February 12, 2018 / 12:56 pm

      This is available in dubai country ican purchase at dubai

  5. Anonymous
    June 2, 2015 / 6:41 am

    Can these leaves be dried and used later?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2015 / 4:31 pm

      Yes, you can dry the leaves and use them later…

  6. Napols8
    September 27, 2015 / 4:30 am


  7. Anonymous
    November 13, 2015 / 5:20 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 21, 2015 / 3:51 am

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

    • Anonymous
      February 25, 2018 / 12:15 am

      to add… please include milk in the child's diet, as karpooravalli will increase body heat. I use a combination of karpooravalli and alternate it with arathai and athimathuram powder, a pinch of each , mixed with honey. these natural com remedies will dry up mucous membranes if overdozed and cause a typical headache.so, use limited quantity between 3 or 4 hours followed with 1 or 3/4 glass of warm milk.

  8. Unknown
    December 12, 2015 / 10:22 am

    For a 18 month old how much should I give.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 19, 2015 / 4:43 pm

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

    • Anonymous
      January 26, 2016 / 11:30 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 21, 2016 / 5:38 pm

      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…

  9. Rajamohan Dhandapani
    January 23, 2016 / 2:06 am

    Very useful information. Thanks

  10. Anonymous
    February 21, 2016 / 6:13 am

    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

  11. mercy
    February 26, 2016 / 9:52 am

    For 2months baby how should I give

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 3:41 pm

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

  12. Unknown
    March 10, 2016 / 1:46 am

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

  13. Priya
    May 28, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    During pregnancy can i eat karpora valli leaf for cold

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 7:43 am

      Yes you can karpooravalli while pregnant for treating cold…

  14. sindhu sibi
    July 10, 2016 / 2:54 am

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

  15. sindhu sibi
    July 10, 2016 / 2:56 am

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

  16. sindhu sibi
    July 10, 2016 / 2:59 am

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

  17. sindhu sibi
    July 10, 2016 / 3:00 am

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

  18. Kamaljit Kaur Narangen Singh
    July 10, 2016 / 4:23 am

    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

  19. Kamaljit Kaur Narangen Singh
    July 10, 2016 / 4:25 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 8:27 am

      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…

  20. ingrid
    August 25, 2016 / 3:50 am

    Thank You For Information

  21. Saranya Perumal
    September 26, 2016 / 2:04 am


    October 5, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    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,ParthasarathiMysore

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 3, 2016 / 3:07 pm

      I am glad, karpooravalli has wonderful medicinal uses…

  23. Priya R
    October 15, 2016 / 6:43 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 3, 2016 / 3:17 pm

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

  24. Priya R
    October 15, 2016 / 6:43 pm

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

  25. Anonymous
    October 26, 2016 / 1:40 am

    its a variety of Basil and not Thyme

  26. Anonymous
    October 26, 2016 / 1:41 am

    Thyme is called Omam in Tamil

  27. Anonymous
    November 5, 2016 / 9:20 am

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

  28. thilaga sundari
    February 6, 2017 / 7:04 am

    My 11 month old shows signs of cold (grunting sound while breathing).. I've been giving a paladai of diluted karpooravalli juice (karpooravalli leaves warmed up till dark green in a tawa & juice squeezed) for about 4 days now but I see no effect. Is there something am doing wrong? 🙁

  29. nalliah manivannan
    December 9, 2017 / 6:03 am

    My mother's favorite home medicine,we have it in home till now, the method is new & good to adopt for children.

  30. Unknown
    February 1, 2018 / 4:54 am

    My kid eats more than 10 karpooravalli leaves . He s only 2 1/2 year old. Can he eat that much leaves?

  31. Meghalai Sadasivam
    February 9, 2018 / 8:57 am

    Hi can i give the juice to 4 month old baby? As i know babies can only drink milk for the first 6 months. Kindly advise.

    • lovemealwizz
      February 15, 2018 / 8:13 am

      Around 5 to 6 drops of karpooravalli juice works well..

  32. Subash
    April 16, 2018 / 5:27 am

    I am old school, I still use this remedys even now on my kids and guranteed it works all the time. Great to learn of all the natural healing remedys.

  33. Sindhuja Vijay
    June 25, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    Can it be preserve in fridge and use later?

    • Ramya (Wildturmeric)
      June 26, 2018 / 6:00 pm

      Yes, you can Sindhuja…

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