Edible flowers in cold kashayams after pooja
Desi Lal Gulab, Red rose
:)Some flowers in the North Indian garden are a great source of micronutrients and phytonutrients. Even those flowers that may be poisonous have some medicinal use. For example Kaner is poisonous if eaten, but a medicine for ear problems is made from it. There is a place for everything in nature!
Cold Kashayam, Ayurvedic Herbal tea infusion
In Ayurveda, the most common cold Kashayam is the Tulsi dal Charnamrut we get in temples and homes after worshipping the Divine. It is blessed with the vibration of mantras and medicinal flora soaked in water.
Tulsi (Holy basil), Genda (marigold petals), Bela (jasmine), Desi Gulab (local red and pink roses) and Desi Gurhal, also known as Japakusum (local red Hibiscus) can be soaked overnight to enjoy a lovely nutritious drink at room temperature. Tulsi tea, rose tea, Jasmine tea and Hibiscus tea are available in department stores too, but their flavours show up better when freshly picked flowers washed and used for worshipping the Divine are then soaked overnight for a cool drink in the morning. A great detox and so delicious on its own.
Mirchi Gurhal or a local variety of Indian Hibiscus
Here’s more for the garden lovers :)
- Hibiscus tea recipe
- Of Rose itra and Vrindavan