Kiddies Cuppa for Coughs and Colds

By Preet Gata-Aura - Natural Health Star Co-Founder -


It’s that time of year when my three little boys get awful coughs and gloopy, runny noses. Night time is often the worst time of all with consistent coughing that can sometimes keep them up for hours. Their tiny airways get a build-up of mucus and they sometimes bring this up when they cough.

I grew up drinking a herbal remedy that my mum used to make for me whenever the first sign of a cold or cough appeared. It is amazing for shifting phlegm and clearing colds and is also a fantastic digestive aid for treating an upset tummy, diarrhoea and constipation.

I introduced this soothing herbal tea to all of my children at a very early age. My oldest son was about 6 months old when he caught his first proper cold and my second was just a few months old and was suffering from reflux.  In both cases, because they were very young, I made a weaker tea by using just a quarter of the ingredients listed below, in the same amount of water and I didn’t add any honey. I was so impressed by the effectiveness of this remedy. It completely eased the symptoms of the cold and the reflux calmed down immediately.

Now, when any of my children feel ill (or if they just want to join me for a cuppa) they will always ask for “Mummy’s Indian Tea”. They absolutely love drinking it and like it sweetened with honey.

The tea contains a combination of cardamom pods, ajwain seeds and fennel seeds. All of these have wonderful potent healing properties.


Cardamom Pods

Cardamom pods contain a potent oil constituent called cineol which is a natural decongestant. Using this spice is great for treating bronchitis, laryngitis and colds.

Ajwain seeds

Ajwain seeds have natural decongestant and anti-histamine properties thus provide a remedy for disruptive and exhausting coughs and help phlegm to be coughed up.

Fennel Seeds

These seeds are rich in the oil compounds anethole, fenchone and estragole, which are believed to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Fennel seeds are a natural decongestant and boiling them in to a tea can help ease a sore throat, reduce a cough and loosen phlegm from the bronchial passages.

All three of these ingredients contain properties that aid digestive conditions such as heartburn, reflux, bloating, gas, diarrhoea, constipation and mild spasm in the stomach and intestine.


2tsp fennel seeds

1tsp ajwain seeds

5 or 6 cardamom pods

1000ml Water

Honey (optional)


Use a pestle and mortar to crush the seeds and cardamom pods up a little.

Add these to 1000ml of water in a pan

Bring to the boil and simmer for a minute or two

Strain the mixture in to a mug and add some honey to sweeten if you want to.

Enjoy and keep well!

Preet Gata-Aura is the co-founder of natural health star. She is a mum to 3 young boys and is always seeking ways to incorporate easy, healthy habits into her family’s daily routine. Preet is passionate about living a positive and healthy lifestyle in a very balanced way.  She has a Biochemistry degree and has a particular interest in understanding how the ingredients we consume and use affect us. To read more about Preet click here.

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6 Comments on “Kiddies Cuppa for Coughs and Colds”

  1. I am really excited to give it a try to fight my children’s cough! I also noticed that a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil straight on their pillow makes them breathe better at night.

    1. Thanks for your comments Alessandra. I’d love to know if this tea works for your children, it is a definite winner in my household! What a great idea to use the eucalyptus oil. All my children have colds at the moment, I’ll definitely give that a try.

  2. I love this recipe 🙂 Came across this post last November and my kids love this tea. It really seemed to help with the seasonal coughs and congestion when combined with vapourisers.

    I found adding a couple of cloves and small cinnamon stick made for a lovely ‘Christmassy’ version.

    1. What a great idea Marion, that must be lovely! My mum used to make this for me as a child and it’s still a firm favourite with me as an adult. Try adding a chunk of ginger too…. Lovely and warming

      1. hmm – fresh cut stem ginger? My mum would love that! I guess a dash of the syrup that preserved ginger is in together with the honey would work too … (all of a sudden sounding dangerously close to a fabulous version of a Hot Toddy if a dash of whiskey accompanies the ginger syrup! 🙂 )

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