As the seasons change, the common cold and cough can make daily life a bit challenging. Beyond seasonal shifts, various factors can trigger these discomforts, including allergies and foreign particles in the air. While medicines and cough syrups are readily available, Ayurveda offers natural remedies that aim to balance your body’s energies (doshas) and bolster your immune system. Here are five Ayurvedic remedies to help you combat cough and cold:
Ginger Tea: Ginger is renowned for its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting qualities. Create ginger tea by simmering fresh ginger slices in water for approximately 10 minutes. For added flavor and health benefits, mix in honey and lemon juice. Sip on this tea several times a day to soothe a sore throat and ease congestion.
Turmeric Milk (Haldi Doodh): Turmeric, a potent anti-inflammatory and antiviral spice, is your ally against cold symptoms. Blend a teaspoon of turmeric powder into a warm glass of milk, sweeten it with honey, and enjoy before bedtime. Turmeric milk aids in cough relief and promotes restful sleep.
Tulsi (Holy Basil) Tea: Tulsi leaves possess antimicrobial and immune-boosting properties. Boil fresh tulsi leaves in water to craft a soothing tea. Strain and drink this tea a few times daily to alleviate cold symptoms and enhance your immunity.
Salt Water Gargle: A warm salt water gargle can alleviate throat irritation and clear mucus. Mix half a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and use it as a gargle solution. Repeat this process multiple times throughout the day.
Steam Inhalation: Inhaling steam provides relief from congestion and a stuffy nose. Boil water, transfer it to a sizable bowl, and lean over it with a towel covering your head to trap the steam. Inhale the steam for 5-10 minutes. For added benefits, you can include a few drops of eucalyptus oil or mint leaves in the water.
These Ayurvedic remedies offer a natural and effective way to combat cough and cold symptoms, helping you feel better and stay healthy during challenging times.
Re-reported from the article originally published in Asianet Newsable