It is always better to treat yourself naturally rather than taking chemicals and similar substances that your doctor may prescribe to you, but at the same time usually warns you that it is not recommended taking them longer, not to mention the fact that there is also a long list of possible side effects attached to the medicine. Fortunately, there are natural alternatives to common medicines (it is actually funny to use the word “alternative” for something that is purely natural …) that by its very nature are in harmony with the human body, their side effects are often minimal or negligible and for their harmlessness it is neither a problem to use them for a long time. In this article, we will focus on Samahan tea, which is (not only) a great natural substitute for drugs such as Coldrex or Paralen, the flu and cold medication – both contain paracetamol among other substances, which is poisonous to the liver at higher doses and in combination with alcohol, and you may have an allergic skin reaction while taking it (at the same time it is not recommended to use it during pregnancy due to adverse effects on the fetus which may be critical).
Samahan is an herbal tea, an instant drink from Sri Lanka based on an ancient Ayurvedic reception. It originates in India and Sri Lanka, where it has been consumed since ancient times. Samahan consists of 14 kinds of herbs and spices while the main ingredient is ginger. The composition is designed so that the individual components interact synergistically and help each other increase their effects. Here are the individual ingredients and their effects:
- ginger (spice) – dissolves mucus, heats the body and relieves stomach problems
- zingiber officinale – warms the body and starts sweating, great for warming cold limbs and to balance low pressure
- black pepper – improves blood supply into the organs and thus increases their supply of nutrients and oxygen
- long pepper – perfectly relaxes the airways and strengthens the lungs and bronchi
- coscinium Fenestratum or Kalumbian wood – excels in antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects; plant extract has traditionally been used to treat cold sores in India.
- hedyotis herbacea – supports the immune system and relieves pain; the entire plant is contained in the Samahan mixture and was used already by the ancient Mayans
- evolvulus alsinoides linn – strengthens memory, relieves anxiety and has a beneficial effect on the nervous systém; in Kerala (India) is among the sacred flowers
- licorice – soothes cough and dissolves mucus, thereby expectorating it, thus facilitates expectoration
- caraway – relieves muscle tension and cramps
- adathoda – helps alleviate allergic reactions
- java galangal – it significantly strengthens the immune system and acts against free radicals
- premna herbacea – works against fever and lowers temperature
- coriander – supports the activity of the heart and the entire circulatory systém
- ajowan – excellent against colds, coughs and flu, thus destroying bacteria and viruses
The list of effects of individual ingredients is truly impressive. Samahan is recommended to be administered immediately after worrying about possible reactions to bad weather or increased concentration of sneezing and twitching people around you. The optimal daily dose is 3-5 sachets. For children under five, use half the bag. At the same time, you can dissolve the sachet in a larger amount of water, reducing the warming effect, but giving you a full-fledged cup of delicious tea that has the right tang.
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