Accepted abstract, IGYS-2022

Author:  Chi. Varun, Chi. Samrud V

7th Standard, Vidyanjali Academy for Learning, Bengaluru

Does geography have any role in curing diseases?

My grandma was a very strong woman who lived to the age of 65. I never heard her complain of any aches.

When I was suffering from a cold and cough, my mother didn’t take me to the doctor. Instead, she took me to grandma’s house . Grandma suggested  a natural remedy — doddapatrey soppu in Kannada (ದೊಡ್ಡಪತ್ರೆ ಸೊಪ್ಪು also called “Mexican mint”). She prepared “Mint Cough Syrup” using mint leaves, rock sugar, and shallots after which I felt better and relieved.

My  neighbor gifted me doddapatrey soppu on my birthday.  From then, I wanted to know about it. I found out from my mom that it is the one of the most helpful plants you can ever find.  It is a member of the mint family.

It’s not only a barrier to diseases but it is also a key ingredient in making delicious food items. It is mainly used in “Sambar”. Having known about the benefits of this I decided to share it with my neighbors.

How many people in my area know about this plant? How many are growing this plant in their homes? Is doddapatrey soppu a replacement for the intake of some kinds of pills?

Doddapatrey soppu can be grown easily in many climatic conditions. It is used as a home remedy for curing minor health issues free of cost.


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