Looking again to India, where they are commonly known as Imli Patta, tamarind leaves are said to aid digestion and act as a laxative, owing to high levels of fiber. Modern food science has also shown that tamarind leaves contain potassium, iron, calcium, Vitamin C, ascorbic and tartaric acid. This of course, makes tamarind leaf tea a great way to counter everything from the common cold to coughs and sore throats. Here's to the mighty tamarind, may Mariyamma forever keep you in her good graces.
Tamarind tea as a natural cough remedy is a mainstay of herbalists throughout India, Africa, Mexico and some parts of the Caribbean. Tamarind tea is easy to make and oh-so-soothing. You'll need: Medium saucepan, 16 oz water, 2 tbsp tamarind leaves, honey or agave, and lemon. Simply bring water to a boil, add tamarind leaves to the saucepan and simmer 5 to 7 minutes. Strain into a cup, sweeten to taste, add a squeeze of lemon and enjoy!
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