Ayurveda believes in utilising the benefits of whole, natural foods for fighting the flu and keeping it away. The most important food-based boosters in Ayurveda are turmeric, tulsi (holy basil) and amalaki (Indian gooseberry).
Tulsi (holy basil) is the queen of herbs, known for its powerful healing properties. Today, it is used in many natural vitamins and supplements. Holy basil can be found in tea form or in capsules. In India, the herb is often grown at home, with the leaves used to make tea.
Amalaki, also known as the Indian gooseberry, is a tart berry available in dry powder form all year-round and fresh in winter. This berry is extremely potent in vitamin C and antioxidants. It can be added to juices as a powder or squeezed in fresh.
Here are a few simple recipes to help you to keep the flu away this winter season:
Bedtime throat soother
This soother lines the throat, allowing it to rest and heal at night, and also serves as an immune booster.
Mix the ingredients with a spoon until a paste is formed (adding more hot water if needed) and lick it off the spoon just before bedtime. Or, add enough water to transform the paste into a thick liquid and enjoy it as a shot before bedtime.
Boil 2–3 cups water with fresh ginger slices for 10 min. Take off the heat and add 2 tsp organic turmeric powder, a pinch of black pepper and honey to taste. Strain and sip before bedtime.
We all need as much vitamin C as we can get, and this vitamin should be taken on a regular basis. This is a simple mix to help to boost your immunity and detoxify before you start your day.
- juice of ½ lemon (or use amla powder)
- 200mL warm water
- 1 tsp honey
Mix the ingredients and drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
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