BOOST IMMUNITY WITH AYURVEDA-2
The human body has a rapid acting immune system which bolsters the body and keeps it safe from all kinds of infection. During these troubled times of a global pandemic, keeping the immune system in great shape is of utmost importance. It forms the only barrier which is within our control to prevent infection of the corona virus. According to Ayurveda, the human body is naturally slightly alkaline with a pH of about 7.35-7.45. An alkaline diet includes plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, lentils, and unprocessed fresh foods. Including all these in meals and avoiding fermented food, caffeine, sugar and excessive salt can all aid in keeping the digestive system healthy, and thereby allow the immune system to work without being compromised. Daily practice of yoga and pranayama or breathing exercises are also shown to reduce mental stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety have been shown to also weaken the body and the immune system. In addition to these healthy dietary and lifestyle changes, Ayurveda also has an arsenal of herbs which can add an extra layer of protection and boost the body’s natural immune response.
Indian basil, or tulsi, as it is commonly known is of two variants. Black tulsi and the green leaved tulsi, also called holy basil. It is an extremely powerful herb with antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. This allows the body to fight microbes effectively and keep any infection at bay, which is extremely important during this Corona virus pandemic. Indian basil has a bitter and slightly pungent taste which according to Ayurveda, promotes overall digestive health.
It is also an analgesic and prevents toxins from affecting the body. Another major benefit of ingesting holy basil is the drastic change it causes to mental health. When consumed, it calms the mind and removes stress, allowing the body to function with stability.
METHODS OF CONSUMPTION
Pick 10 leaves, wash and directly consume..
Make a decoction with 5 grams of pepper, 10 leaves of tulsi and 1/2 litre of water. Drink 100 ml of this 2/3 times every day.
- Add the leaves to boiling water and inhale the steam to allow the benefits of the herb to penetrate deeply. Keep eyes closed while steaming.
Ajwain, otherwise known as Carom seeds are a highly effective herb which has always been used in Ayurveda with promising results. Carom seeds are rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. This helps improve overall health and immunity, and keeps the body fit and healthy. Ajwain also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, allowing the body to fight off any infections quickly. It also helps fight colds by removing the mucous from the airways, and even provides relief from sinus related headaches. This can ease symptoms of flu and may improve immunity from all flu-like diseases.
METHODS OF CONSUMPTION
- Combine 15 grams of ajwain with 1/2 litre of water and allow it to reduce to about 300 ml. Drink 50 ml of this solution 2/3 times a day.
- 25 ml of same solution can be used to gargle thoroughly twice a day.
By adding these Ayurvedic herbs to your daily diet, it is possible to build strong resistance in the body against infections and disease. It aids the healthy functioning of the immune system. Ayush provides consultation with highly skilled ayurvedic practitioners who can provide the best ayurvedic practices and diet as per your requirement, which can allow you to follow an ayurvedic lifestyle from the comfort of your home during the global crisis.