Ayurvedic Winter Remedies

Ayurvedic Winter Remedies

Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga and India's ancient system of medicine, offers tips on staying healthy over the Winter:

Try Ginger!  Research has shown us that ginger can be powerful in relieving the symptoms of nausea and vomiting.  As Ayurvedic theory goes, ginger is also healing for colds.  Because it is so pungent, it reduces the kapha dosha which is active during colds and works to create mucus when it is out of balance.  Ginger should not be mixed with anticoagulant medications like aspirin because they are both blood thinners.  

Ginger can be steamed and inhaled to reduce upper respiratory symptoms.  To do this, just boil one teaspoon of ginger in one pint of water.  As the water begins to cool slightly, you can lean in, bringing your face over the steam that is coming from the pot.  Make sure you have a towel covering your head while you do this to keep the steam contained.

Get Plenty of Rest...  When you have a cold, your body needs rest more than it needs movement. It's likely that you need to cut back on physical exercise and movement in general.  If you can, take the day off as soon as you realize a cold is setting in.  The more rest you get, the quicker your body can heal.

Keep breathing!   If you are feeling congested, you can steam eucalyptus oil in the same way you can steam ginger.  You can also diffuse eucalyptus oil in an aromatherapy diffuser to help you breathe more clearly.

Let us know how these Ayurvedic remedies work out for you this winter.  We love to hear from you.  Namaste. 

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