Published on February 11th, 2009 | by Reenita Malhotra1
Living Ayurveda: An Herbal Tea To Help Ease the Flu Blues
Cold and flu got you down? Try an Ayurvedic tea to help kick the flu blues.
Ayurvedicaly speaking, the common cold results largely from an imbalance of the Kapha (water and earth) and Vata (air and space) elements in the mind-ody. Vata imbalances lower immunity and lead to a build up of the Kapha dosha elements to help ‘ground’ the system. However, Kapha mechanisms typically overcompensate to make up for the ‘dryness’ associated with imbalanced Vata and lowered immunity. The result is excessive ‘coldness’ that creates mucus. This in turn reduces your gastric fire often cuasing you to experience the ‘chills.’
Ayurvedic remedies use warming herbs and spices to help you break down and expel mucus while re-building your gastric fire. So, while the idea of a runny nose might not appeal to you, chances are that if you can transition from being ‘stuffed up’ to ‘blowing it all out,’ then you are well on your way to recovery.
My favorite herbal remedy for the common cold is a Ginger and Tulsi (‘Holy Basil’) tea. Tulsi is the universal immune booster and ginger helps to ‘loosen and liquefy’ stuck mucus. This simple Ayurvedic tea will help you breathe easy.
Ginger and Tulsi Tea
Make a brew of tulsi and ginger herb tea and sip it every couple of hours.
- 1″ piece of fresh ginger, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh tulsi or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
- 1 cup water
- Bring ginger, tulsi, and water to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, covered.
- Strain the tea into your mug and sip while it’s still nice and warm.
I always recommend fresh (rather than dried) ginger root and tulsi leaves as they always have a better flavor. Tulsi is easy enough to find with a bit of looking. Or just order seeds from Horizon Herbs and grow your own. Use 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs per 1 cup of water.
Consider using honey not just to sweeten your tea but also to help soothe a sore and abrasive throat.
For more Ayurvedic home remedies, check Reenita’s Wisdom
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