Cold and Cough:
The most common herbal remedies to fight upper respiratory ailments are as follows:-
1. Take Haldi capsules (especially the ones with GuruMaa;s mantra blessings, available at Vedic Heritage) at the first instance of a bad throat or cold.
2. In the morning, when you wake up, take a warm glass of water wit fresh lemon and ginger.
3. In the afternoon, make a herbal tea with saffron, ginger and honey. Alternatively, make a herbal tea with ginger, cinnamon and lemongrass. If lemon grass is not available, try a pinch of cardamom instead.
4. In the evening before going to sleep, have a warm glass of milk with a teaspoon of haldi or turmeric with few drops of ghee. This is expeciallu good for sore throats, and allows you to sleep peacefully.
5. Gargle with warm water and a pinch of salt, at least 3 times a day, with the slightest hint of soar throat.
6. Have loads of natural Vitamin C - amlas, citrus fruits and freshly squeezed fruit juices are the best.
7. Boil water and put some natural eucalyptus oil and do at least 5 minutes of deep breathing of the vapour covering yourself with a clean towel.
8. If you have flu, make a tea with fresh tulsi or tulsi powder.
9. Put 3 to 5 drops of liquefies ghee in each nostril twice a day to
lubricate the nasal passages and to get relief from irritation an sneezing.
10. If you have dry cough, try a mixture of ajwain with a little bit of sugar.
11. Try and have a humidifier (especially in countries with dry heat) and put a couple of drops of Olbaas oil or eucalyptus oil in the bedroom - this is a great preventative technique, plus if you do not get a cold, allows you to sleep better.
Aches and Pains:
1. Every morning, warm up all your joints and pains through simple exercises starting with legs, waist and upper body. After warming up, do 20 minus of any aerobic exercise - spin, walk, jog, run, skip rope etc. Or, do a 20 minute routine of Power Yoga.
2. Have loads of calcium c - bananas and milk are the most common sources.
3. You may have early signs of arthritis. Consult an Ayurvedic doctor, as your treatment will vary corresponding to your body type - vata, pitta and kapha. Take is very seriously with the earliest symptoms.
I generally feel low at the onset of winter. Lack of sunlight, shorter days, bundling up and lack of activities are the most common reasons. Easy ways to fight this:
1. Aroma therapy is very effective. Use natural oils of jasmine,
lavender and neroli in any aromo-therapy burner, and begin early in the morning to set the tone for rest of the day.
2. Herbs - make a tea of tulsi and sage in hot water and have it twice a day, particularly people with 'vata' tendencies.
3. Exercise and/or Yoga is very effective in clearing your emotions too. Try the following Yoga poses:- Lotus, Viparta Karani, Fish, Bridge, Cow,
Cat, Locust, Upward-facing Dog, Childs and Savasana. About 15 to 20 minutes every morning is all you need.
The cold winters also brings the challenges of dry skin. Moisturizing creams may not necessarily help you. You have to treat it externally and internally:
1. Use natural oils (sesame, almond oil, coconut oil) externally every day after your bath; avoid very hot water baths, which worsens dry skin problems.
2. Lubrication of colons is very helpful with oil enemas. Most Ayurvedic massage clinics provide these treatments.
I am still waiting for March 21.
Jai Sri Hanuman!