As winter approaches, consider some Ayurvedic practices for dealing with the common cold, coughs and minor throat infections. It is not only preferable but extremely easy to replace a quick fix from the pharmacy with some ancient Ayurvedic knowledge, such as natural recipes to ease and treat the symptoms of throat and chest infections, along with yoga asanas (postures) to open up the throat and chest area and return the respiratory system to its original strength.
Remember, these remedies are not cures in themselves and what is most often the essential ingredient when recovering from winter ailments is rest.
Ayurvedic drinks for the common cold
When you have a cold, it’s important to consume a good quantity of liquids. However, avoid cold drinks and fizzy sodas in favour of hot, soothing drinks. Here are three great recipes for hot drinks that can be taken two or three times a day.
- tsp black pepper powder
- tsp dry ginger powder
- tsp tulsi leaves
Boil the ingredients in 1 cup of water and strain.
Hot milk drink
Add half a tablespoon of pure turmeric powder to a cup of hot milk.
Hot ginger drink
Boil a fresh piece of ginger in a glass of water and strain.
Yoga for the common cold
Many people miss yoga classes when they have a cold, but certain yoga asanas are great for enhancing the healing process, as long as you remember to keep your practice gentle, relaxing and nurturing. While the immune system is weak you don’t want to put too much strain on your body. If you don’t feel comfortable attending a yoga class, there are some yoga asanas you can practise at home to help open up the areas that become congested when you have a cold.
Before you begin your yoga practice, remember the following:
- Find a place to practise where there are minimal distractions.
- Practise only on an empty stomach.
- The best time to practise is in the morning or evening, for two hours around sunrise or sunset.
- Practise in a room that’s well ventilated but warm.
- Don’t practise next to a heater.
- Take a warm shower or bath before you begin.
- Allow for 10 to 15 minutes of relaxation at the end of your practice.