DESCRIPTION

  • Cold and cough are most common during season change. 
  • Medicines are available to treat and manage the condition but many people prefer to choose home remedies like steam and gargle. 
  • According to Ayurveda certain foods can also help to prevent as well as recover from cold and cough faster.

SYMPTOMS

Some of the common symptoms are listed below:

  • Running or Blocked Nose.
  • Sore/ Scratchy throat
  • Sneezing.
  • Fatigue.
  • Muscle Aches
  • Loss of Appetite.
  • Cough
  • Headache.
  • Mild fever with chills.

AYURVEDIC TIPS FOR PREVENT COUGH AND COLD

TULSI

  • Tulsi is highly beneficial in eliminating dry cough. 
  • It is one of the best treatments of cough in Ayurveda. 
  • Tulsi is also known as the ‘Mother Medicine of Nature’ or holi basil. 
  • Consumption of Tulsi leaves boosts the production of antibodies in the body, helping it fight infections.
    TULSI LEAVES ARE SAFE TO CONSUME AND CAN BE USED IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS: 
  • Chewing 4-5 leaves in the morning
  • Take tulsi tea
  • Add tulsi leaves to kadha.

GINGER

  • Ginger is well-known Ayurvedic treatment for cough and cold. 
  • It can be taken in fresh form or as dry form as ginger powder. 
  • When taken with honey it helps in treating cold and cough fast. 
  • Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • It is an effective remedy for treating cough.
    GINGER CAN BE TAKEN IN MANY WAYS SUCH AS:
  • Ginger tea is fast Ayurvedic remedies for cold. 
  • Add slices of ginger in tea to boiling water then strain and pour it into a cup. 
  • Take grated ginger to a tablespoon of honey and swallow. 
  • People can add black pepper for additional effect.

HONEY

  • Honey is an excellent medicine for the treatment of cough in Ayurveda. 
  • It has antimicrobial properties. 
  • Honey seriously helps loosen mucus and provides relief from chest congestion. 
  • That’s why it is present in many non-alcohol-based cough syrups. 
  • Honey is a complete pleasure for the tongue and throat.
    SOME WAYS TO CONSUME HONEY ARE:
  • Take a spoonful of honey twice a day to ease cough.
  • Mixing it with ginger juice
  • Adding honey to tea or kadha.

GILOY

  • Giloy has gained a lot of popularity in India in recent times as an Ayurvedic treatment for cold.
  • Giloy is a plant with heart-shaped leaves also known as Guduchi or Amrita. 
  • Giloy helps to treat tonsillitis. 
  • It has anti-inflammatory property that boost immunity.
    GILOY CAN BE CONSUMED IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:
  • People can buy Giloy juice from the market.
  • Giloy tablets are easily available in medical shops 
  • Adding in a kadha.

MULETHI 

  • Mulethi is a bitter tasting herb. 
  • It has anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties
  • It help in thinning the mucus inside the airways. 
  • This give relief from cough and congestion. 
    PEOPLE CAN HAVE MULETHI IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:
  • Adding mulethi powder to warm water
  • gargling with mulethi extract
  • Adding it to tea or kadha.

PIPPALI

  • Pippali is among the best treatments of cough in Ayurveda. 
  • It is used in the box of garam masala at homes. 
  • Pippali is hot in nature 
  • it has expectorant property that helps in loosen the mucus and provides relief from congestion. 
  • It provides help in relief headaches and other problems related to common cold. 
    PEOPLE CAN HAVE MULETHI IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:
  • Take pippali powder to a spoon of honey and swallow it
  • Add it to kadha and drink after straining.

GARLIC

  • Garlic has antimicrobial and antiviral properties 
  • It an excellent remedy for treating common cold. 
    PEOPLE CAN HAVE MULETHI IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:
  • Chew one or two raw cloves
  • Add it to soup or other dishes.

PREVENTION AND SELF-CARE

  • Inhale steam to relieve a stuffed nose. 
  • Strengthen your immune system with amla and tulsi and keep yourself healthy. 
  • Do not over heat the room. Let the body lose heat naturally.
  • Keep away from others who are infected with cold.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and get enough rest. 
  • Take plenty of hot beverages.