Herbal Tea Miracles
This is a story which goes back to the 1990s. Nestled in the district of Kangra is the sleepy little village of Nurpur. A holy man came down from the mountains and made the village his abode. He would treat the sick with herbs found in the mountains, and also impart simple lessons on the art of living. Among the village folk who gathered daily to hear this sage’s sermons and to be treated by him, was a young man named Ajay Mahajan. He was suffering from a mysterious ailment and had come in the hope of being cured. Without him having to say anything, the holy man singled him out from the crowd and asked him about his illness. On hearing Ajay’s story, he brewed a cup of tea out of some herbs and asked Ajay to drink it. Surprisingly, it had a delicious taste, unlike most medicines. Giving him some herbs, the man then directed Ajay on how to brew these herbs and asked him to take the concoction daily. To everyone’s surprise, Ajay was cured of his illness within days.
Given a mission
When Ajay went back to the sage to express his gratitude, the sage asked him what he wanted to do with his life, now that he was cured. Ajay replied that he would like to set up an industry. The holy man then told Ajay that he had a mission in life, which was to make people healthy. Ajay was taken aback by holy man’s words as he had no idea how he was supposed to accomplish such a monumental task. At this, the man asked him if he knew anything about tea. The young man replied in the affirmative. The sage then further quizzed him on the flowers and fruits of the regions. This time the man replied, saying that he was a lover of nature and relished tea. The man then declared that, this would be his business, which would also help him fulfill his mission. He then brewed a cup of tea again for Ajay, this time telling him that it had a base of green tea with some twenty herbs blended in. Besides working as a medicine, it could also be had as tea, because of its delicious taste. Two cups a day was all that it took to keep the doctor away as the herbal tea had anti-ageing and anti-stress properties, besides having a therapeutic effect on the stomach and the respiratory system. In short: it was a tonic for overall health.
Giving Ajay the receipe for the beverage, the holy man then asked him to get to work -- to collect the fruits and herbs, blend them together, and then come back to him. Ajay got busy with the task allotted to him. It took him an entire month to collect all the ingredients and make a blend. But when he went back to find the holy man, he seemed to have disappeared. Though disappointed, Ajay continued with his work as he had a mission to accomplish. He gradually went on to set up a factory, on exactly the same spot where the holy man was known to sit.
Keeping his promise alive
Today, the site boasts of a modern, hygienic and fully functional unit where the Himalayan Amrit Kangra Herbal Tea is manufactured. A product which is a blend of green tea and precious Himalayan herbs and flowers, based on the receipe passed on from that mysterious sanyasi to Ajay. It truly seems like a gift from the Gods, which changed Ajay’s life and through his tea, the life of millions.
THE POWER OF 20 AND GREEN TEA ( HIMALAYAN AMRIT KANGRA HERBAL TEA)
Green tea or Camellia sinensis: Rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue, also effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots.
1. Gulab Ka Phool or Rose damascena: a mild astringent, aperient, carminative and a refrigerent cardiac tonic with laxative properties.
2. Bark of the Arjun tree or Terminalia arjuna: known to have a stimulant effect on the heart, also useful in removing stones from urinary system, besides helping in stopping bleeding.
3. Ashwagandha or Withania somnifetra: This one is an aphrodisiac. its used in relieving chronic headaches, mental fatigue, nervous exhaustion, loss of memory, loss of muscular energy. It I also helps in cases of senility, general debility and is also known to be a cardiac tonic.
4. Banapsa or Viola odorata: These flowers are astringent, demulcent, diaphoretic, diuretic and aperient. They are useful in bilious affections, lung trouble besides being an aid in cough, kidney and liver malfunctions.
5. Bari Elaichi or Amommum subulatum: This herb is stomachic and is used mainly to allay any irritation of the stomach.
6. Brahmi or Herpestis monniera: This is a cardiac and nervine tonic. Its leaves and stalks are diuretic. mainly used in cases of asthma and nervous disorders.
7. Badian-i-Khatai or Illicum verum: It helps in curing flatulence and other spasmodic affections of the bowels.
8. Dal Chini or Cinnamomum cassia:. It is a vascular and nervine stimulant, carminative, antispasmodic and haemostatic.
9. Lemon Grass or Andropogon citrates: Very useful in cases of arthritis, rheumatisim, indigestion and low back pain.
10. Long or Myrtus caryophyllus: Mainly used in treating spasmodic disorders and relieving flatulence, helps in sluggish circulation, promoting digestion and metabolic activity.
11. Lal Chandan or Pterocarpus santalinus: Used to treat cases of bleeding, piles, haemorrahges and dysentery.
12. Mulathee or Glycyrrhiza glabra: Invaluable remedy for coughs and colds. It is said to be a sure cure for feverishness, pain and also effective in treating myopia. Known to be a demulcent, diuretic, diaphoretic and vermifuge.
13. Nagar Motha or Cyperus scarious : It is a tonic, demulcent, diuretic and vermifuge.
14. Pudhina or Mentha piperita: This is an antiseptic, deodorant, stimulant and carminative. It is useful in cases of vomiting. It also helps improve digestion, preventive for griping.
15. Saunf or Foeniculum vulgare: It is an aromatic stimulant, carminative, diuretic and a puragative. It relieves flatulence and aids in removing catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes. When added to tea, it helps in the treatment of insomnia.
16. Shankh Pushpi or Canscora decussate: Used to treat cases of nervous debility. It serves as a nervine and alternative tonic.
17. Sugandha Bala or Pavonia odorata: Has a musk like aromatic flavour and is used as a cooling demulcent.
18. Sund or Zingiber officinale: Helps in curing impotency and is also useful in dyspepsia.
19. Tej Pattar or Cinnamomum tamala: Mainly used in cases of cough, flatulence and dyspepsia, this herb is carminative, stimulant , diuretic and lactogouge
20. Tulsi or Ocimum sanctum: Works wonders for the respiratory system, helps in sharpening memory and also has a beneficial effect on the kidneys. It works against cardiac diseases and reduces blood cholesterol and stress.