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.
Hi again! Where do you think I can get the plant?
Most Indians have it planted in their homes. Maybe you can try asking some of your Indian friends. It’s very easy to grow.
Just heat it over the fire? Is that all? My little one is having a bad cold and I would like to try this
Heat the leaf on fire (small flame) just until it softens. Then pound the leaf with few drops of water. Squeeze the juice out and feed your child. 1-2 tsp should suffice.