Indian home remedies for the winter season

Bid adieu to cold and flu with simple do-it-yourself treatments

Lifestyle

January 27, 2017

/ By / New Delhi

Is the winter season playing harsh on you? Don’t let the raw weather get you down. Fight cold and infections with these easy yet effective Indian home remedies.

Versatile Indian natural leaves and spices that are used as traditional medicines in India have healing properties to fight bacteria, purifying powers and as well as skin benefits.

With the winter season, follows an active period of flu and infections that spread rapidly. While most people rely on antibiotics, which don’t always work on everyone’s immune system as effectively as natural ingredients do, here are some home remedies to provide relief from cough, sneezes and flus and to make your body stronger to fight seasonal infections.

Kaadha

The decades old recipe dating back to the 1800’s to cure cold and cough is the herbal mix of native Indian spices including cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, ginger, clarified butter and basil. Drink the mildly hot mixture for immediate effects.

 

Spiced honey

Honey is known to possess anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Boil one-teaspoon garlic juice, two-three tulsi leaves and a pinch of cinnamon powder together in a pan and add honey to it after it cools down. Consume twice a day for sore throat and see the magic!

 

Tulsi, garlic and salt

For a sore throat, fill half a glass with warm water, add one teaspoon of salt and gargle. Or, add ginger juice and three-four tulsi leaves to a cup of tea to reduce sore throat and also the pain it causes. Ginger blocks the production of substances that cause bronchial congestion and stuffiness, and it is also a natural cough suppressant. On the other hand, tulsi is believed to increase oxygen utilisation, boost immune system, reduce inflammation and fight infections.

During the winter season, consuming three-four tulsi leaves in half-cup of water once a day, keeps the body away from cough and cold.

 

Try mustard for chest congestion and sinus

Grind two-three tablespoons of mustard seeds, add water to make a paste, and apply it on the chest. Apart from improving the blood circulation and easing congestion, the aroma helps to unclog sinuses. However, don’t leave the paste for more than 12-15 minutes, as it may burn the skin.

Another mustard remedy is to mix one tablespoon mustard powder in one litre of hot water and soak your feet in it to relieve congestion and draw blood towards the feet.

 

Breathe easy with Gum tree leaves

To make steam inhalations more effective, add five to 10 drops of eucalyptus oil (Gum tree oil) to the water. However, keep your eyes closed while taking in the steam, as the oil may irritate eyes.

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