What is Kashaya?
Kashaya is an ancient Ayurvedic drink composed of specific health promoting spices herbs and seeds. Recipes for Kashaya are unique to homes in South India, and are passed down through family generations. Although turmeric is one of the ingredient included in Kashaya, it differs greatly from turmeric or golden latte in flavour, aroma and effectiveness on health and well-being.
When a child has a cold or flu, the elder of the house traditionally brews a decoction from select ingredients according to their specific family recipe. Kashaya can be taken as a calming ambrosial substitute for coffee or as a tonic to elevate the body’s immune system. It naturally improves digestion, acts as a potent anti-inflammatory and helps lower cholesterol levels.
When brewed with milk, Kashaya has a creamy sweet favour with a mild heat. If brewed with only boiling water, lime juice is added and the flavour is a lot more sharp and distinctive. Both methods produce a unique aromatic fragrance.
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How does Kashaya compare with turmeric latte?
Kashaya, just like turmeric latte, originates from India. Traditional turmeric lattes are prepared by boiling ground turmeric root in milk and sugar for its health benefits. Kashaya contains turmeric as well as a combination of 13 other herbs, seeds and spices carefully selected as per Ayurvedic practices.
Turmeric is an incredibly potent anti-inflammatory. Its power lies mainly in a compound called curcumin which helps to neutralise free-radicals and may therefore prevent cancer. However, on its own, it does not contain the vast wealth of health benefits that our special Kashaya blend does. KASHAYA.CO Kashaya includes not only turmeric but Indian long pepper, whose key component piperine can increase the body’s absorption of curcumin by up to 2000%.
As well as turmeric and Indian long pepper, our particular blend of Kashaya also contains ginger and clove, both of which have anti-inflammatory agents of their own. These, and other Ayurvedic ingredients that make up our Kashaya, also act as anti-bacterial agents, mood stabilisers and most importantly, aid the body’s overall ability to digest and absorb nutrients.
Our Kashaya blend utilises 14 core Ayurvedic herbs, seeds and spices that have been specifically selected to work together to promote the bioavailability of their vital nutrients and health-promoting compounds. You can find a list of these ingredients along with their individual health properties by clicking here.
What is Ayurveda?
Deriving from Sanskrit, ‘ayur’ translates to ‘life’ and ‘veda’ to ‘knowledge’. Time honoured and traditional, Ayurveda is a method of medical treatment that has been practiced in India for over five thousand years. Ayurveda uses herbal compounds, special diets, and other unique health practices such as yoga and meditation to promote good health and a sense of wellbeing.
Ayurveda is based on the teachings of three ancient books referred to as ‘the great trilogy’. These three texts—caraka samhita, sushruta samhita, and astanga hridaya—are considered the foundation of Ayurvedic medicine.
For further reading about Ayurvedic medicine please go to National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health
Anoop Lokkur – Co-founder of KASHAYA.CO
"Kashaya evokes strong memories from my childhood in Southern India. I vividly remember lying in bed, sick with a fever, my grandmother brewing a decoction of Kashaya in the kitchen. It would fill me with the quiet comfort of knowing I’d feel better the next day.
When I moved to Melbourne, this special family recipe came with me. On the city’s cold nights, or if a friend had come down with a cold or flu, I would have Kashaya brewing in my kitchen, filling the house with the sweet scent of home. I quickly discovered Melbourne to have an adventurous, innovative food culture, so together with my friend Emily (KASHAYA.CO.’s creative director), I decided to source high quality ingredients from the forests of the Western Ghats to share this time honoured Ayurvedic recipe."
It is important to note that Kashaya is not a viable alternative to prescribed medications. It is intended as a therapeutic healing aid for minor ailments such as coughs and colds and may, with long-term use, provide benefits to overall digestive health.
It is important to note that herbs do not act as quickly or powerfully as drugs and medications. For serious ailment antibiotics can save lives. On the other hand herbs produce fewer side effects and don’t seem to be associated with the microbial resistance that plagues antibiotics.
Please be advised this information has not been evaluated by Therapeutic Goods Administration.
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