Last updated 3 weeks ago by Michael Darmanin
As the virus has bounced back, and thus the corona cases have risen; let’s go back to the time, when our ancestors had solid immune strengths. It’s our time to take clues from ancient science not only to treat our body but mind and soul as well. Derived from Hindu culture, Ayurveda comprises two words: AYUR (life) and VEDA (Science or Knowledge) meaning: The Science of Life. Moreover, it is sure to provide you complimentary benefits with the easy availability of ingredients from your kitchen. The year 2020 has given us the chance to prioritize our health. Needless to mention, Health is the Real Wealth. Here are some remedies and preventions you can take to boost your immunity.
Kadha is Herbal Decoction prepared from your box of spices. Sipping it hot, will not only rejuvenate you but also soothe the throat pain, cold and cough. To create Kadha, you’ll need:
- 3-4 Basil Leaves
- 2-3 Mint Leaves
- 3 Peppercorns (Crushed)
- 2 Cloves
- 1 inch of Cinnamon Stick (Optional)
- 1 tbsp Chopped Ginger
- Pinch of Carom Seeds
- 2 cups of Water
In a saucepan, add all the above ingredients. After that, bring the water to a boil. You can add honey and lemon additionally, to adjust the taste.
Replace your morning teas with a healthier version of concoction drink. To prepare your natural dose of tea:
- Infuse your cup of warm water with lemon slices, ginger along with turmeric juliennes. In other words, it’s a “Natural detox” on the go!
Above all, I believe in maximum use of Indian Tulsi (Basil) Leaves as an infuser. But because it isn’t available within the Dutch Market easily, I like to recommend using one of the Pukka Tea which has the blend of Indian Tulsi.
Referred as Turmeric Latte, the comforting beverage is made from:
- A tablespoon of Turmeric Powder
- 1 teaspoon Ginger Powder or Fresh Ginger (Optional)
- Pinch of Saffron Strands
- Hot Milk
- Handful of Chopped Nuts (Cashews, Almonds and Pistachio)
In a pan, add milk and turmeric powder together with saffron, ginger, nuts and cardamom. Simmer it for 3 minutes. You can sweeten it using honey, jaggery or sugar. Strain it in the serving cups. A glass before bed is usually recommended.
(Caution: If you had an intake of onion, garlic, sparkling water, meat, eggs, fish or any other non-vegetarian products in your meal, await a minimum of 2 hours before you consume this drink.)
Turmeric (Curcuma) with bountiful of healing properties will certainly ease your pain and give you relaxing sleep.
Bonus: In addition, it works as an aphrodisiac too.
Get Hot & Steamy!!!
Not Literally! It mentions to inhale hot steam which prevent nasal congestion and relieve your olfactory nerves. Provided that, it is best recommended for chronic diseases, stuffy nose and respiratory infections. For steam inhalation:
- In a bowl/deep vessel, take hot boiling water. Lean over the bowl, cover your head with a towel and slowly inhale the steam through the nose for 8-10 minutes.
- You can also use Electric Steamer.
- It must be remembered to keep your eyes closed.
- You can add carom seeds.
- Besides, you can pour drops of eucalyptus oil.
Bonus: Steam works wonder on your skin. It helps to open the clogged pores and eventually help remove dead skin cells. Voila! We have a beauty regime for deep cleansing of skin but most importantly, make sure you don’t reuse the same water.
A great replacement of cough syrup or lozenge.
- Spoonful of Crushed Black Peppercorns, Ginger Juice and Honey will keep common cold, sore throat as well as influenza at bay.
This is a common Indian household recipe produced in every winter to spike up the immunity levels. All you need is:
- Clarified Butter (Ghee)
- Dry Ginger Powder
Mix them altogether and shape into small balls (ladoos). Basically, one laddu a day is suggested.