Individuals often get colds and flu during the winter and spring seasons. The symptoms are all too familiar runny nose, cough, congestion, headache, an achy body, and sometimes fever.
Ayurvedically speaking, colds are a kapha vata disorder. The body builds up an excess of cool and moist kapha qualities, resulting in congestion and a runny nose, and at the same time it may suffer from excess vata, which reduces agni (gastric fire), leading to chills, loss of appetite, and poor digestion.
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Brahmi Chawyanprash- 2-3 teaspoons twice daily anytime preferably with warm milk
The best remedy for colds is ginger. Here are sev?eral simple home remedies using ginger that will greatly relieve your cold symptoms and hasten full recovery.
Combine the following herbs together:
Steep 1 teaspoon of this formula for about 10 minutes in 1 cup of hot water; strain it, and add honey for sweetness if you like. If you drink this delicious tea several times a day, it will help to take care of cold, con?gestion, and flu.
Another excellent remedy is ginger cardamom-cinnamon tea. Here is the formula:
Boil 1 teaspoon ginger, or a few eucalyp?tus leaves, in a pint of water. Turn off the stove, put a towel over your head, and inhale the steam. This will relieve congestion and help you feel much better. Just steam alone,with no herbs added at all, will also be beneficial.
Try 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed powder mixed with 1 teaspoon natural sugar, 2 or 3 times a day.
For a cold with cough and congestion, mix 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey. Eat this mixture 2 or 3 times a day.
For flu, make a tea from 1 teaspoon tulsi (holy basil) in 1 cup water. Boil for just 1 minute and then drink.
An ancient Ayurvedic herbal formula that is effective for colds is the following:
Combine these herbs in equal proportions and take '/4 teaspoon with 1 teaspoon honey 2 or 3 times a day after eating.
Western herbology has some helpful herbs for colds. Try this mixture:
Take 1/4 teaspoon of this mixture with honey twice a day.
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Don't Combine Ginger and Aspirin. Ginger and aspirin are both blood thinners and should not be taken together. Therefore it is wise to drink ginger tea-or use any other ginger remedy-either two hours before or two hours after you take any aspirin.
Taking some Vitamin C will be beneficial.
Put some liquefied ghee (3 to 5 drops) in each nostril in the morning and evening. This will lubricate the nasal passages and relieve the irritation and sneezing of a cold.
Drinking hot water several 1 times a day is an effective way to remove toxins from the system and hasten recovery from a cold.
Strictly avoid daily products such as yogurt, cottage cheese, and milk, and all cold drinks.
Rest is very important for healing. As much as possible, rest, read, and relax.
Ayurveda says that when you have a cold, it is best not to do vigorous exercise, which can set up the conditions for the cold to move into the chest Just do some gentle yoga asanas. Surya namaskar (Sun Salutation) is beneficial. The inverted postures, including Shoulder Stand, and Head stand (hold for only about a minute), as well as Forward Bend, help to prevent postnasal drip and help to drain the mucus through the nose.
Use the Breath of Fire breathing exercise to help burn up your cold. Inhale normally and passively, but exhale forcefully, and repeat rapidly several times. This exercise will help to eliminate mucus from the respiratory tract.
Another effective breathing exercise is deep Alternate Nostril breathing, without retention of breath. This will also help to relieve congestion.
As a preventive measure, take the herb amalaki. It is a rasayana (rejuvenative tonic) and a good source of vitamin C and iron. Taking 1 teaspoon of amalaki daily, with warm water at night, will help to prevent the common cold.
if you are taking triphala at night, you are already taking amalaki; it is one of the three herbs that constitute triphala (along with haritaki and bibhitaki). Taking extra amalaki is not recommended, as it would create diarrhea.