In today’s blog, I am going to be covering a topic that’s especially relevant for many of us during Winter [Flu] & Spring [allergy] season, and particularly relevant right now with what we are all experiencing based on the global spread of the Coronavirus!
In the first of a series of posts, you will learn how to strengthen your respiratory system, easily using herbs that you can find in your spice cupboard or at a local indian grocery store. The content here should be considered as tips and are not a substitute to address chronic or acute medical issues.
The Respiratory System
The respiratory system is far more vast than you might think. It’s not just your lungs, in fact it includes multiple organs starting up at your nasal cavity and reaching all the way down to your diaphragm.
In the springtime, it’s the allergens in the air that can attack any one or many parts of the respiratory system, which leads to the reactions that many of us experience. When you go to the pharmacy and pick up a box of an antihistamine, you get relief from the symptoms, but the underlying susceptibility remains… and over a period of several allergy seasons, by addressing only the symptoms, your ability to fight the allergens can reduce…
When our respiratory system’s ability to fight pollutants is getting weaker, it means we are also more susceptible to viral infections like the flu or COVID-19. Obviously, you cannot live without a well functioning respiratory system, and the stronger it is, the better. The home remedies here will be a step in the right direction to help make it stronger.
Keep in mind that the best results will be realized when action is taken at the early signs of the symptoms… should you not see benefits within a few days, and if symptoms escalate, then seeing a specialist is likely the best course of action. Adopting the below remedies for 4-6 weeks at a time should not be a problem in most cases.
Todays herbs are Pippali (Piper Longum), Ginger and Black Pepper.
|What can it help with?||The Home Remedy|
|Cough||Remedy 1: Bring a cup of milk and ½ teaspoon of black pepper powder to a boil and drink it while hot.|
Remedy 2: Mix ½ teaspoon each of crushed black pepper, crystal sugar and warm ghee, take this mixture twice a day.
Remedy 3: Mix 10ml each of ginger juice and honey twice per day.
|The Common Cold||Remedy 4: Mix ¼ teaspoon dry ginger with ½ teaspoon jaggery, and swallow first thing in the morning.|
Remedy 5: Take a ¼ teaspoon each of dry ginger and black pepper powder, mix it with 1 teaspoon of holy basil powder, boil in a cup (not more than 250ml) of water until ~50ml remains…drink this mixture twice a day.
|Asthma/Bronchitis||Remedy 6: Chew on 9 black peppercorns with 1 teaspoon of honey, first thing in the morning. |
Remedy 7: Take 1 teaspoon of Amalaki Churna with ¼ teaspoon Pippali powder with 1 teaspoon honey, twice a day.
|Fever & Flu||Remedy 8: Take 10g Cilantro Powder & 3g dry ginger powder; boil in a cup of water until ~50ml remains, drink this twice per day. |
Remedy 9: Consume a mixture of 1 tablespoon each of mint juice and ginger juice twice per day.
Remedy 10: Take 1 teaspoon each of mint and ginger powder, boil in a cup (not more than 250ml) of water until ~50ml remains…drink this mixture twice a day.
Now, more than ever, our respiratory systems and their ability to fight viruses and allergens is in full focus. The home remedies outlined in this blog are not one stop fixes, however they can enhance your ability to cope with symptoms, and even prevent the onset of symptoms that can affect your ability to function at regular capacity.
At Ayutherapy, we specialize in offering customized [meaning for you] advanced Ayurvedic treatment protocols that focus on prevention via building immunity as well as addressing chronic disorders such as asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis and much more. Consultations are available, and you can learn more, including reading actual client testimonials here.
In the meantime, I trust you are staying safe in these unprecedented times, and would ask you to provide your feedback if you try any of these remedies, or email me directly if you have any questions.
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Archana Rao, B.A.M.S