Kashayam also known as Kashaya is herbal drink from Ayurvedic and home remedies for various conditions. The contents will be boiled in water, strained and served hot with or without milk.
Kashayam word is also known as Kwatham. It is tradition to serve homemade Kashayam to guests in several parts of India. There are many varieties of kashaya can be prepared using a single herb or combination of herbs.
All types of kashayam has different healing properties and therapeutic use. Ingredients can be either dry or fresh. For example, many kasahyam varieties use ginger either in dry form or in fresh.
Depending on the ingredients, taste of kashayam varies. Ayurvedic kashayam are generally bitter and have astringent taste. Homemade kashayam can be spicy, little sweet (due to jaggery) and very aromatic.
Few Kashaya varieties are good for winter and reduces flu and cold symptoms. Depending on conditions like fever, joint pain, digestive problem, weight increase, diabetes etc. – that we suffer from, we can prepare fresh Kashaya at home.
Reference: www.werindia.com & Grandma’s remedies from Online Grandma.