Svadhi was down with cold and she has been coughing and wheezing. I’ve heard a lot about karpuravalli leaf which is used to treat coughs and colds, especially in children. It has a very pleasant herbal smell described as camphor-like scent. My grandfather is very equipped with the knowledge of Indian home remedies and he swore by the medicinal properties of this leaf to treat cough and chest congestion. I decided to give it a try. After all, I wasn’t at all keen in giving Svadhi cough mixture and decided to explore the alternative of traditional remedy. Within a couple of days of ingesting the juice from the karpuravalli leaf, Svadhi’s cough and wheezing stopped. I am so impressed with the medicinal wonder of this aromatic plant! I’ve been having this plant at my backyard for quite some time but have never realized its use. I am definitely not under-estimating herbal remedies and made a pact with my grandfather to learn as much as I can about Indian traditional herbal remedies.
Heat the leaves over medium heat till it’s soft. Then, add about 1/2 tsp water and pound it. Squeeze the juice out of the pounded leaves and add honey/molasses before feeding.
Alfred was also suffering from cough and for him I boiled the leaves for about 10 minutes or so and served the water with some honey.