Updated: Jan 14, 2022
Vasa is a wild indigenous shrub growing all over India. "Anekvidha Kalpana" - Vasa works on Kasa, Shvasa and is an ideal multi-functional broad-spectrum medicine. It is an age-old tribal medicine with a variety of health benefits (especially respiratory) such as: cleaning and clearing the respiratory passage, thus maintaining lungs and clearing breathing; Vasa leaves can be administered in the form of juice, syrup, decoction or dried powder and act as a powerful expectorant by liquefying thickened sputum; additionally, the alkaloid in vasa also has bronchodilatory properties
How to take:
Take 1 tbsp and boil in 2 glasses of water. Divide and drink 4 times a day. Otherwise, mix 1 tbsp one water and take paste with the water 4 times a day.
To reduce the bitter taste, chew some saunf or peppermint leaves over it or a piece of Jaggery or 1 tsp honey separately afterwards. NO white sugar. You can add jaggery or pure honey.
It’s an effective expectorant. May not work on running nose but cures congestive symptoms very quickly.
If not diabetic, sweeten with 1 tsp of mulethi.
Cold , cough, asthma powder:
Also Useful for-Pneumonia, lung tonic, asthma, expectorant, blood purifier, digestion, viral infections.
- Leaves of Vasa/Adulsa/Adhatoda
- If dried, use powder or paste/ If fresh, use leaves
- Dried Tulsi (paste/a few fresh leaves)
- Fresh paan/betel leaves or dried powder (not soaked)
- Pure Haldi powder
- Dried Ginger/Saunth
Optional- Cinnamon/Daalchini, Cloves/lavang, Long pepper/pippali
Method- Grind, mix & store at room temperature. If it is made in the form of a fresh paste, fresh juice or decoction, refrigerate and consume within 2-3 days.
Storage-Store in fridge in glass, steel, earthenware, porcelain (not plastic) or bone china.
Pure honey, (NOTE: honey should not be put in hot water as it undergoes a chemical change & COMPLETELY LOSES BENEFITS. Lukewarm, room temperature & cool water are acceptable.)
Jaggery (For hot water jaggery - old jaggery is better than new jaggery for respiratory ailments & digestion)
Consumption-1 tsp first thing in morning/evening/1 tbsp thrice a day/ ½-1 tsp every 2-3 hours depending on severity. Then reduce to twice & then once. Take with or dissolve in hot water. Make decoction/kadha. If fresh, grind with water & strain the juice. For juice ,1/4th -1/2 cup 3-4 times a day.
Health Benefits: Therapeutic cleansing immunity builder. Antioxidant, antibiotic, anti-allergic. Blood purifier and circulatory, tonic. Quick and long-term relief, prevention & immunity from cough, cold, flu, and all viral ailments.