Common Ayurvedic herbs, spices and making simple Ayurvedic home remedies.
If you do succumb to a Spring cold help clear mucous by:
- Eating light, warm, simple foods as you rest. Soup and kitchari are ideal.
- Avoid dairy products, sweets, fried foods and yeasted bread which increase congestion.
- Fresh ginger tea is excellent, especially with raw honey added once the tea has cooled down. Raw honey clears mucous and Kapha due to its heating, drying and channel clearing effect.
- If you have a fever, a short fast is recommended by Ayurveda, ‘feed a cold, starve a fever’.
- To decrease Kapha take 1 tsp of set honey with the juice of a lemon in lukewarm water first thing each morning; you can also take a little fresh ginger and lemon juice before each meal.
You may also want to try some of the following herbal remedies:
- Chyvanaprash – take daily to strengthen lungs, boost immunity and rejuvenate all the body tissues, increasing strength and virility, as well as alleviating respiratory conditions. It is named after the sage, Chywana, who had become old but used this formula to become young and satisfy his young wife!
- Trikatu made of ginger, black pepper and long pepper which act to dry up mucous and clear channels; especially long pepper (pippali) which rejuvenates the lungs and clears Kapha. It is traditionally taken with raw honey which aids in clearing mucous. It should not be taken if you are pregnant or suffering from the effects of aggravated Pitta dosha (heartburn, hyperacidity, ulcers).
- Sitopaladi is a delicious combination of candy sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and other ingredients. It is very good at digesting mucous, acting as an expectorant, rejuvenating the respiratory system. It is taken with honey and ghee.
- Turmeric is a potent natural antibiotic and can be used all respiratory tract infections. Boil half a cup of water with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, add a little milk then use as a gargle.
Home remedies for colds: “There is nothing (in the world) which is not a medicine”.
- Mix ½ tsp fresh ginger juice with ½ tsp honey and take three times a day.
- Soak 2 parts fresh ginger root, 3 parts cinnamon and a pinch of cardamom in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Add ½ tsp of honey once it has cooled down to warm and drink a glass of this tea several times a day.
- Crush ¼ tsp fresh ginger root with 8 fresh basil leaves, 2 peppercorns, 2 cardamom seeds, and 1 cup of water, ½ tsp turmeric powder, 2 cloves, and 5 fresh mint leaves. Boil, filter and add 1 tsp honey. Drink 2 or 3 times a day.