As we spring into summer and sit on the brink of a season change, cough and cold rear their ugly head. For people who already suffer from low immunity and compromised lung function, this creates more problem in terms of health. Here, then, are seven simple remedies.
1. Pineapple salad
Pineapple contains a compound similar to the drug bromelain, which is used in cough expectorants. This compound helps soften the thick phlegm inside the lungs and makes it easier to cough it out.
2. Hot water with ginger and honey
According to Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, ginger is naturally designed to open blocked channels. Honey is an excellent carrier, that takes the goodness and invigoration of ginger to the deeper tissues.
3. Green tea
Green tea is yang in nature, which means it stimulates our digestive energy.
4. Natural laxatives
According to naturopathy and Chinese medicine, toxins are stored in the large intestine. So, one of the most effective ways to reduce asthma attacks is to use laxatives and also induce emesis (vomiting). Take a teaspoon of triphala powder in warm water every night. For stubborn constipation, take a teaspoon of castor oil in warm water, but only if advised by a naturopath or Ayurvedic doctor.
5. Soups with garlic
Garlic has yang properties (heating and invigorating), so it opens up blocked channels for the elderly and children. However, it should not be given to toddlers.
6. Eucalyptus essential oil
An age-old remedy for asthmatics and patients of chronic congestion, eucalyptus essential oil is safe for all age groups and also for expecting mothers.
7. Eat fresh
Processed foods like cheese, pasta, noodles and bread should be avoided altogether because they overload the system and allow toxins to accumulate.
From HT Brunch, March 19, 2017
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