Indian recipes are full of tonics and restoratives, that have the ability to restore health, strength, and well-being, both internally and externally benefiting the body.
Neem leaves: I know this first one sounds scary, but trust the ancient Indian ayurvedic tradition.
The trick is to take some neem leaves and grind it to make a fine paste. You use the mixer for it, but its always better to use mortar and pestle to bring out its nutrients better. Take the paste and put it at the back of your throat and swallow it. One should have it on an empty stomach and restrain from eating or drink anything for an hour.
Neem leaves is an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and is a strong spermicidal agent. Even with so many benefits, one should know not to take neem leaves for more than 15 days at a stretch. Pregnant women, young children, and senior citizens should avoid taking neem as it tends to generate a lot of heat in the body.
If you are suffering from external injury, soar throat you should try taking this paste. It also benefits in the longer run.
Ginger and Lemon Tea: Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that improve the immunity of the body. Ginger helps in treating seasonal infections, it is a great remedy for improving digestion and metabolism, especially in kids and senior citizens. Consuming ginger tea or a medicinal ginger concoction on an empty stomach, in the morning, could keep away many diseases.
Lemons are a great source of Vitamin C, an immunity helper which boosts digestion and helps with weight loss and immunity. Lemon juice is acidic, but when consumed with warm water, it has an alkaline effect on the body. It matters because diseases as bad as cancer can’t survive in an alkaline environment.
Having Ginger and lemon in hot water is beneficial for the body for many reasons. The tonic hydrates your body, ginger soothes any soreness in the throat. While Lemon provides anti-bacterial properties. Warm water also ensures most of the nutrients of the lemon and ginger are soaked and consumed by the body. It is also a very reenergizing drink.
Chyawanprash: Now this isn’t really a ‘home remedy’ but for us Indians Chyawanprash has been an item of the household for generations now, it’s a staple for every winter. It’s an Ayurvedic health supplement which is consumed once a day to help restore drained reserves of the body and to preserve strength, stamina, and vitality while stalling the course of aging. It is formulated by processing 50 or so medicinal herbs and making them into a thick paste.
Tumeric: Everyone has heard the wonders of Haldi wala Dhoodh. Be it for external injuries, flu, or for stamina and concentration, turmeric mixed in warm milk is one answer to all situations.
Turmeric helps the body naturally cleanse the respiratory tract, helps fight the infection and its anti-inflammatory qualities relieve individuals from the direct impact of cold and flu. It inhibits inflammation, relieves congestion and pain, and thus improves your breathing.
Milk contains nutrients like probiotics, vitamin D, and immunoglobulins that boost the immune system and in turn reduce the risk of allergies. While we mostly relate milk with bone-strengthening calcium, it can help reduce cardiovascular diseases and chances of one getting a stroke. It also helps fight flu and speed up physical and mental growth.
Having The golden milk reduces joint pain, promotes the growth of brain cells, and is good for your hair and skin too.
Not just in milk, turmeric should be added to your daily meals in small amounts, it doesn’t have a very overpowering taste and just gives the food a bit of color with a whole lot of nutrition.
Regardless a persona being ill, he/ she should make it a habit of including immunity booster foods and drinks into their daily diet. Changing small habits like snacking on carrots than chips, turmeric milk than coffee, can really make a big difference for you in the longer run.