Shri Nathji used to take the famous ‘Gurukul Kangra ki Chai’–or the ‘Banafshaa’ tea, which He says was used by Vaids in the days gone by, and, both He and HH Priya Nathji used to take the tea at bed-time in the cold weather in Delhi. Shri Nathji had said that it had cured HH Priya Nath of an incurable cough and cold in 1972 when all other medications had failed. HH Priya Nath had coughed very badly during those days and Shri Nathji had become about him, finally He suggested the Gurukul Kangra tea–which had cured HH Priya Nathji.
The Gurukul Kangri Tea is manufactured by Gurukul Kangri Pharmacy of Haridwar. This institution has been building on a legacy of quality and experience for over 100 years. Today Gurukul Kangri Pharmacy has made its reputation in field of Pure Ayurvedic Products. The institution was founded on March 4, 1902 by Swami Shraddhanand (1856–1926), a member of the Arya Samaj, with the aim of reviving the ancient Hindu educational system of residential schools or gurukuls imparting esoteric knowledge under the direct guidance of a guru or adept as an alternative to the Western-oriented system of Education imposed on India by Lord Macaulay. The impetus for the foundation was found in the teachings and activities of Dayananda Saraswati, founder of the Arya Samaj.
The Gurukul Kangara Tea is basically prepeaired from a herb called Banafshaa. Its common English name is Sweet Violet. In India is is found in Kashmir. In Kashmir it is called Nun Posh. Its Latin name : Viola odorata Cashmerina, Family : Violaceae (Violet Family) Its Arabic Name : Farfeer.
It is found in Kashmir valley, Gilgat (POK), NWFA (Pakistan), IRAN, Morocco, and few parts of North and West Asia.
It is a perennial herb with stout creeping rootstock, Leaves all radical, upto 3 cm diam and stipules elongated. Its flowers are pinkish-blue or purplish, with long pedicels. Sweet violet has a long and proven history of folk use, especially in the treatment of cancer and whooping cough. It also contains salicylic acid, which is used to make aspirin. It is therefore effective in the treatment of headaches, migraine and insomnia. The whole plant is anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, and laxative. It is taken internally in the treatment of bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, coughs, asthma, and cancer of the breast, lungs or digestive tract. Externally, it is used to treat mouth and throat infections. The plant can either be used fresh, or harvested when it comes into flower and then be dried for later use. The flowers are demulcent and emollient. They are used in the treatment of biliousness and lung troubles. The petals are made into a syrup and used in the treatment of infantile disorders. The roots is a much stronger expectorant than other parts of the plant but they also contain the alkaloid violine which at higher doses is strongly emetic and purgative.
They are gathered in the autumn and dried for later use. The seeds are diuretic and purgative. They have been used in the treatment of urinary complaints are considered to be a good remedy for gravel. A homeopathic remedy is made from the whole fresh plant. It is considered useful in the treatment of spasmodic coughs and rheumatism of the wrist. An essential oil from the flowers is used in aromatherapy in the treatment of bronchial complaints, exhaustion and skin complaints.
One can purchase this tea from the Gurukul Kangri Pharmacy. Please click on the link http://gurukulkangripharmacy.com/PharmacyProducts.aspx to know how to place an order.