The beginning of winter can be a hard time to manage for some, as the onset of the colder seasons can mean we are more vulnerable to illness. How many of us have been “under the weather” recently?
Thankfully nature has a wonderful healing pharmacy at our disposal…
Enjoy some simple and natural Ayurvedic home remedies to strengthen your immune system and beat the cold and flu bugs this winter!
Immune Boosting Tea
The spices aid digestion and help remove toxins. Fresh ginger is excellent as it increases circulation, promotes sweating and digests mucus (eugh…) relieving congestion. If you don’t like the flavours of cinnamon and cardamom, fresh lemon juice is great with ginger too!
Pop all the spices into a mug and add boiling water. Let it stand for a minute then add honey to taste.
- Fresh ginger root- half an inch sliced thinly
- Ground cinnamon 1 tsp
- Ground cardamom – a pinch of. You can use bruised cardamom pods instead
This flavorsome spice mixture helps to build heat in the body and boost the immune system. Add all the spice together and keep in a jar ready for use.
Add 1 teaspoonful to a cup of hot milk (almond, cows, coconut) or boiling water twice a day. Enjoy the warming and stimulating properties! Add extra sweetness as desired…
- 1/2 tbs ground ginger
- 1/2 tbs black pepper
- 1/2 tbs ground cardomom
- 1/2 tbs ground clove
- 1/2 tbs turmeric
- 1/2 tbs ground cinnamon
- 3 tsp jaggery or any natural sugar
Night Time Almond Milk
This delicious drink soothes the nerves and is great for digestion as well as removing toxins from the deep tissues. You can use cows milk if you prefer. I also like using coconut milk. And it doesn’t have to be night time!
Warm the milk and spice together in a pan. Let it stand in the mug for a minute before adding your honey (other sweeteners available….) to taste
- Almond milk
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp thinly sliced fresh ginger
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamon – or use a brusied cardamon pod or 2
- 1 pinch black pepper or pippali
- 1 tsp honey