It is that time of the year, when everyone around is either sniffing, sneezing or coughing. It is quite easy to catch cold if you work in an office or use public transport. Next time you catch cold, try these simple and natural ayurvedic ways before you run to the medicine cabinet for a regular medicine.
These are safe to use, but always talk to your doctor before taking anything. I cannot stress how important it is to consult with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on any medication.
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Ginger has been used for a number of years for treatment of various ailments like morning sickness, colds, arthritis and migraine. Here is a detailed study about the amazing benefits of ginger. It is known to contain anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties, and is often used to treat kapha dosha disorders such as sinus congestion, poor digestion and obesity.
Ginger soup is an excellent way to fight colds. To make ginger soup, boil 500 ml of water in a saucepan with 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger. Once the water is reduced to half, turn off the flame. Let it cool down to a warm temperature. Consume this everyday for twice a day until you get rid of the cold.
This golden spice contains potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In Ayurveda, it holds a special place and is often used to fight various diseases including colds. According to an article published by Mercola Health, turmeric makes cell membranes more orderly. Here is a recipe for turmeric tea to help fight colds.
3.Flush Out The Toxins
It is an old saying to drink plenty of fluids when you are sick, but Ayurveda is more specific and advises a lot of warm water. Warm water is easier for the body to absorb than cold water and helps flush out toxins from the body. It helps loosen mucus and soothes an irritated throat. At the first sign of cold, switch to warm water to see a remarkable difference.
4.Gargle with Salt Water
Before bed, gargle with warm salt water to help loosen the excess mucus and remove bacteria from the throat. According to the Mayo Clinic, a salt water gargle - 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in a 200 ml glass of warm water - can temporarily relieve a sore or scratchy throat.
Pranayama is a form of yoga that involves a set of breathing techniques, and is recommended for a wet cough (amongst other things). An article published in One Life, explains how Kapalabhati Pranayam can help relive chest congestion and improve lung capacity. It is a practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of vital life force. Pranayam takes only a few minutes in a day and does not require any special equipment. It can be done sitting on floor or even on a chair.