Herbal winter remedies to keep handy
Herbs and infusions can keep a runny nose and cough at bayUpdated: Dec 15, 2018 21:07 IST
Winters are great to enjoy food and build immunity. However, for some people it means suffering from cold, cough and respiratory diseases. And if one constantly has a running nose, sinus or sore throat, it can adversely affect both mental and physical health.
To prevent these, have a balanced diet, exercise regularly and keep the initial symptoms of cough and cold under check using some natural remedies.
Here are some beneficial herbs for winters...
Ginger: It warms the body and reduces kapha and vata. Ginger supports healthy circulation and prevents frequent cold and cough. It facilitates the release of expectoration too.
Dosage: Add 1 tsp of crushed ginger in 1 cup hot water. Take 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner.
Pippali powder: Pippali (Piper longum) is a common table spice like black pepper. It boosts metabolism, burns toxins, and helps maintain a healthy digestive environment. It is the best tonic for lungs and supports clear and comfortable breathing.
Dosage: Mix ½ tsp of pippali powder with 1 tsp of honey or warm water.
Turmeric powder: This boosts immunity, reduces kapha and is excellent for fighting cold and cough.
Dosage: Consume ¼ to ½ tsp turmeric powder with warm water twice a day.
Tulsi: It removes kapha from the lungs and upper respiratory tract and provides clear comfortable breathing. Tulsi boosts the immune system and helps maintain a normal body temperature.
Dosage: To make a tulsi decoction of 100-150ml, boil 10 to 12 tulsi leaves in a glass of water and reduce it to half. Add ginger and honey. Have it twice a day.
Amalaki: Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) is a potent rejuvenator that nourishes the tissues and removes toxins. It has an antibacterial and astringent property, which helps increase immunity and protects the body from various infections.
Dosage: Take 1 tsp of amalaki powder with lukewarm water twice in a day.
From HT Brunch, December 16, 2018
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First Published: Dec 15, 2018 21:07 IST