6.1 C
Thursday, 3 December 2020
No menu items!
Home Columns Lifestyle Immunity Boosters in the Time of Covid-19

Immunity Boosters in the Time of Covid-19

Last updated 1 month ago by UtrechtCentral.com

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.

Strengthen your immunity with life savouring drink. Photo Credits: Oriento on Unsplash.com

Natural Tea

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!
Organic Tea Photo Credits: Hans Vivek on Unsplash.com

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.

Indian Tulsi Photo Credits: Akshar Dave on Unsplash.com

Golden Milk

Turmeric Milk Photo Credits: Osha Key on Unsplash.com

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)
  • Cardamom

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.

Cough Drop

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.

Immunity Laddu

This is a common Indian household recipe produced in every winter to spike up the immunity levels. All you need is:

  • Clarified Butter (Ghee)
  • Jaggery
  • Dry Ginger Powder

Mix them altogether and shape into small balls (ladoos). Basically, one laddu a day is suggested.

Krutika Jadeja Hirani
Krutika Jadeja Hirani
Born and raised in India, I am Electronics & Communication Engineer. New Technologies, Travelling, Reading, Dancing, Relishing Different Culture and Making Delicious Meals are the things that fascinate me the most. Caught by Wanderlust bug, I would describe myself as a "Flaneur" I am passionately curious about exploring new horizons. Dance keeps my creative flare intact. Reading and Travelling helps me to narrate tales that motivate. Having a Papyrophilia, I love to hoard stationeries. I am here, to make a difference through my writings, share ideas and hope to inspire. I live by this quote:"Pen is mightier than Sword."


    • This is very informative and captivating article on fighting the deadliest pandemic by our own ancient tradition and best part is that most of the ingredients used are easily available.
      Can’t wait to see your next work🙌
      Keep it up!!!

  1. People need to go back to old times & use the centuries old proven techniques. Very detailed & informative article.

  2. This is really well written step by step in an easy way to understand.
    Keep writing so that we can read on different topics😊

  3. It is really very good and informative.👍. The way it was written step by step keeping Indian household ingredients in mind very good 👏🏻. Definitely gonna share.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Popular in the last 7 days

A must-see movie: Tenet

The end of the world could happen, the third world war is a thread. The world's faith is in the hands of one secret...

Unusual Travel Tales part 1: White nights of Russia

Satiate the wanderlust quench with unusual travel tales. Here's presenting White Nights of Russia and some glance of the Golden Ring.

Free food and more in Utrecht: local initiatives to support those in need

During Corona, but also before and after, Utrecht has a lot of places where you can go when you are in need of food,...

No fireworks this New Year in the Netherlands

The year will not end the usual way in the Netherlands this time. The Dutch government last week announced a one-off ban on traditional...

More from this Author

Unusual Travel Tales part 1: White nights of Russia

Satiate the wanderlust quench with unusual travel tales. Here's presenting White Nights of Russia and some glance of the Golden Ring.

Diwali: Festival of Illumination

As the festive season has kick started, India celebrates its biggest festival of the year - Diwali. The word "Diwali" is a conjugation of...

Appealing untranslatable words to add in your dictionary

At times, we feel short of words to express our feelings, desires, situations or any life experience. There are lots of words that our...

The enthralling history of ballet

Ballet is the fairies' BaseballOscar Levant Very rare species of humans will not be amused by the magic wand of the spectacular dance form -...