With changing weather, cold and flu become quite common. Children are mostly affected with cold and flu. However, anyone who has been exposed to cold weather for too long or with a compromised immune system will feel sick. Let’s discover some ayurvedic cold remedies that will help eradicate the condition quickly and effectively.
Cold and cough is called prastishyaya in Ayurveda. It is classified into three types. The Vata type cold affects your throat the most. The throat will be sore and your voice will become hoarse. Mucous discharge is less. Dry cough is quite common. In the Kapha type cold, there will be dullness in the head accompanied by a severe persisting headache. Mucous discharge is common. Pitta type cold leads to itchy eyes and fever. The nose can remain blocked and nasal discharge will be common.
Common cold usually takes 3-7 days to subside. It can interfere with your ability to work properly. A few Ayurvedic cold remedies may help in lessening the severity of the symptoms. They are listed below.
- Vomiting the debris out
As soon as you wake up, rinse your mouth and gargle with saline water. After this, simply drink about 1-2 liters of water. Don’t consume cold water. The water should be lukewarm. Now tickle your throat with the help of your finger and vomit the water out. This helps in cleansing your system and taking the debris out. Remember, vomit all the water out unless your mouth feels sour.
- Eucalyptus Oil Steam
Steaming is a good practice for clearing nasal congestions. However, if you add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the boiling water, it would provider deeper and more lasting relief. This oil will clear up even the more severe of the congestions of the nose and throat.
- Rock salt steam
If you are suffering from Kapha type common cold and your head feels heavy, then rock salt could be your ideal remedy. Just add some rock salt to boiling water and inhale the steam. It relieves the headache and dull pain.
- Ginger and honey
Vata type common cold leads to dry coughs which become very severe at night time. To ease this symptom, you can try the ginger and honey concoction remedy. Just add a little minced ginger to a teaspoon of honey. Lightly and slowly chew on it for lasting relief.
Apart from these Ayurvedic cold remedies, you can also take ginger tea, tulsi tea, and lemon water to help flush out the toxins from the body quickly. Water and Vitamin C are your perfect shields of protection against cold. Consuming amla directly or drinking amla juice will help build immunity and recover faster. Avoid dairy and heavy processed foods till the symptoms wear off.