Brewing inspiring changes in a teacup

NEW DELHI – Whenever Ms Elizabeth Yambem caught a cold while growing up in the north-eastern Indian state of Manipur, elders in her family would make a concoction with the leaves of the nongmangkha, an orange flowering plant known for its immunity-boosting properties.

The brew tasted wickedly bitter – forcing children like her to hold their breath and gulp it down, wishing for its aftertaste to vanish.

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