Try this ajwain potli to fight cough, cold and throat issues in monsoon

Published on: 11 July 2022, 16:35 pm IST

Since ages, carom seed or ajwain has been used for treating seasonal ailments like cough and cold by boosting your body’s immunity. 

Gurpreet Kaur
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How to use ajwain for cough
Ajwain has multiple health benefits. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

With the change in weather, come cough, congestion and cold! We tend to turn to over-the-counter pills immediately, but how about trying some home remedies to treat the infections? One important home remedy is to use carom seeds or ajwain, which is a common spice used in every Indian household, to relieve chest congestion. In fact, an expert suggests you to explore making an ajwain potli to fight cough, cold and throat issues.

Benefits of ajwain

Carom seeds or ajwain are commonly found in any Indian house. Most of us use ajwain to add flavour to a dish, but it is also beneficial for the overall health. Let us tell you that it is nothing short of a wonder spice. Ajwain contains thymol, which has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

benefits of ajwain
Ajwain has several health benefits! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

For those caught unaware, carom seeds or ajwain are actually really not seeds, but rather the fruit of the plant. With slightly green to brown colour, they have a strong aroma and pungent flavour. Since they are highly nutritious and are rich in fibre, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, carom seeds or ajwain have a place in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for treatment of a variety of ailments, but specially for fighting cough, cold and throat issues.

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How can ajwain potli be beneficial in monsoons?

It is a common occurrence that people suffer from cough, common cold and sore throat as the weather transitions from summer season to the monsoon season. According to renowned nutritionist Shweta Shah, “Ajwain potli is the age-old remedy used in major Indian households as it is said to cure all the flu-related symptoms.”

According to Shah, an ajwain potli can be made by taking a rectangular steve cloth or cotton cloth and then sewing it from three sides. Then add ajwain in it and sew the cloth from the last side.

How to use it?

Shah, in her latest Instagram post, explains how to use ajwain potli in the changing weather. Start with placing the potli on a heated tawa for 5-7 minutes or by heating it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes.

There are three different positions where you have to keep the ajwain potli for optimal benefits:

  1. Keep the preheated ajwain potli over the third eye chakra or in the middle of both your eyebrows on your forehead.
  2. For the next position, hold it next to your nose so that you can take in the vapours by smelling.
  3. Lastly, hold the warm potli over your neck and chest for a warm compress.

So, will you try it?

Gurpreet Kaur Gurpreet Kaur

A lifestyle journalist with a perennial hunger for all nice things in life - from fashion to food and different cultures. When she is not writing in her favourite coffee spot, she spends her time socializing with people or exploring different cities.

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