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Eight Best Ayurvedic Remedies for Cold and Flu

Eight Best Ayurvedic Remedies for Cold and Flu

Stay healthy and seek the benefits of Ayurveda this winter..

We’re in the heart of beautiful winter weather, but also the unfortunate cold and flu season. There’s no need to turn to strong pharmaceutical treatments when Ayurvedic remedies can help you recover from your cold, naturally.

Like most things health-related, it’s always best to begin with prevention. So implement these remedies prior to, or at the first sign of a cold or flu, and carry them through as treatment if needed.

1. Amalaki

For immunity:

Take Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry) supplements to boost immunity and help ward off colds and flu with this rich source of vitamin C.

2. Honey and cinnamon

For chronic cough, blocked sinuses and immunity:

Clear sinuses and cure coughs by taking ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder with a tablespoon of lukewarm organic honey. Perform daily for three days.

3. Ginger lemon honey tea

For hydration, immunity, sore throat and digestive balance:

To hot water, add thinly sliced fresh ginger, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and raw organic honey. It’s very important to stay hydrated for optimal immune function, and ginger is beneficial for fighting infection and fever.

4. Eucalyptus facial steam

For congestion:

To clear airway mucus, add 5 to 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a bowl of warm water. With your face over the bowl and a towel over your head, take deep breaths through the nose for five minutes.

5. Salt water gargle

For throat and upper respiratory infections:

Dissolve 1/3 teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water. Gargle three times daily to loosen mucus and remove bacteria from the throat. It will also provide some temporary relief for a sore or itchy throat.

6. Mahasudarshana churna

For sinus infection, headache, nausea, fever:

Mahasudarshana churna is known as the Ayurvedic antibiotic because it fights bacteria, viral, and fungal infections. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and expectorant. Combine ½ teaspoon of Mahasudarshana churna with half a cup of warm water. Drink every morning when suffering from colds or flu for relief from their host of symptoms.

7. Three-Part-Breath Pranayama

For chest constriction:

Prolonged coughing, sneezing and lack of exercise can all contribute to breathing-related constriction of the chest. Pranayama techniques such as three-part-breath can ease constriction and stiffness. Completely fill your lungs slowly as if you were breathing into your stomach, then ribcage, then upper chest. Exhale completely in the reverse order.

8. Kapalbhati Pranayama

For congestion and digestive trouble:

Inhale slowly and then exhale with great force, feeling your abdominal muscles contract as your exhale. After 15 exhalations, inhale and exhale deeply. Complete three rounds of 15 exhalations, with short breaks between rounds. The pranayama will clear sinuses and stimulate digestion.

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