Coronavirus pandemic has taught us many lessons where the most important of them all is the importance of immunity. The main element in the fight against COVID-19 is immunity. Its been almost one year since this virus outbreak and the only thing that we can refer to as the solution to prevent coronavirus is a stronger immune system. Not only covid but it also helps in tackling other seasonal and viral infections. In a nutshell, better immunity guarantees better health. Immunity is meant to be built over time through diet and other means. You must have heard and read about so many natural ways to boost immunity lately. So, what’s new in this article? Well, we will not talk about immunity-boosting foods or recipes but Ayurvedic herbs for a stronger immune system. Take a look at all the Ayurvedic herbs that can help in protecting the body against coronavirus.
The link between Ayurveda and Immunity
Ayurveda is the ancient medical science that made use of natural plants to treat all kinds of health issues. Our ancestors didn’t take medicines as they knew about herbs and plants to treat the issue. Even during the outbreak, the one thing that even doctors promoted was the use of herbs and spices to keep the immunity strong. Ayush Kwath is the mighty kadha that we all had for coronavirus prevention is also an Ayurvedic concoction.
Let us tell you the role of Ayurveda in immunity. According to Ayurveda, the human body can withstand viral infections only when all the body tissue layers namely Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa, Majja, Medha, Shukra and Asthi are strong. All these layers need to be functioning properly to keep the immune system strong. ‘Ojas’ is the essence that is responsible for maintaining immunity and vitality in a human being. Only its optimum levels can boost immunity. In Ayurvedic terms, your body needs to build ojas to improve immunity. This can be optimised with some plants and herbs that we will be talking about in this article. Stay tuned to know what are they and how they help in fighting against deadly coronavirus.
Moringa word may sound unfamiliar but we all know about it. It is the other name for drumstick tree(which is highly used in South Indian cuisine). However, we are not talking about the fruit here but its leaves and bark as they contain the most nutrients. Moringa is high in vitamin C and antioxidants that are two important nutrients to prevent COVID-19. You might be surprised to know but the percentage of vitamin C in moringa is almost 7 times higher than in orange! There are many other foods with high vitamin C than an orange. But that’s not all that makes moringa a powerful herb. It also contains a significant amount of Vitamins A, B, D, E; calcium, iron, copper, zinc, potassium, magnesium, etc. All these bolster cell growth, tissues, muscles, etc. Thus, moringa should be your go-to herb for overall health. You can consume moringa powder to make moringa tea. There are many ways to include this herb in your diet.
Firstly, let us tell you what triphala is. It is a powder of tree noted herbs- amla, haritaki and bibhitaki. These are dried and made into a powder that to be consumed with warm water daily. Triphala is loaded with antioxidants, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Other than boosting immunity, this herbal powder also aids obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal ailments, inflammatory diseases, to name but a few. If you have triphala daily in the morning, it would boost vitamin A and vitamin C levels to strengthen immunity.
Black cumin is another herb that is more of a spice to us. It is popularly known as nigella seeds or kalonji. This is widely used in pickles but there are so many health benefits of nigella seeds that explain why it is beneficial in preventing viral infections like coronavirus. You must add the seeds to your diet or consume black cumin seeds oil to strengthen immunity. Besides, it has a lot of antioxidants that eliminate free radicals from the body to reduce the damage caused by them.
Neem has long been linked to immunity it is just that we use it more as a medicine. Not only neem is antiseptic and antibacterial in nature but it is also a potent immunity booster. Its hidden properties are anti-fungal and antiviral that protects against pathogens by strengthening the body’s defense system. Neem helps in purifying the body and eliminating toxic elements to boost overall health. You can have neem powder mixed with water or consume neem oil. Just be aware of the quantity before consumption.
Holy Basil or Tulsi
We don’t need to tell you how wonderful is holy basil or tulsi for your overall health. This is one of the wondrous Ayurvedic herbs that is favoured by Ayurveda. The AYUSH Ministry also included Tulsi in their Ayush Kwath formula as it helps in boosting immunity. The aromatic flavour just adds to it. Tulsi is an amazing germicide, antioxidant and phytochemical-rich food. It can effectively spot viruses or bacteria and kill them.
To use tulsi for immunity, just chew 3-4 leaves daily in the morning on an empty stomach. In addition to this, add tulsi leaves to your water, tea or other drink. You can also have tulsi milk for double benefits. If you don’t have a tulsi plant at home, you can also use tulsi drops from a trusted brand.
Ashwagandha is a great Ayurvedic ingredient that is widely used in medicines for various health concerns. But not many people know about the effectiveness of ashwagandha for immunity. It has adaptogenic properties that help in reducing stress levels. By combating stress, you can uplift the immune system as stress weakens the immune response. To fight COVID-19, you must consume ashwagandha herb. The best way to have it either taking ashwagandha capsules or making ashwagandha tea, if you have access to ashwagandha roots. Have it daily and you would be safe from this deadly virus.
Ginger is one root that we root for fighting seasonal infections, cough, cold and flu. This is also an ayurvedic remedy for immunity. It has gingerol that is a potent antioxidant. Having ginger on a daily basis keeps the system protected. It not only kills the virus but opens up the respiratory tract to ward off infection risk.
Add ginger to your diet, have ginger tea or just consume raw ginger piece whenever you feel like.
Another root that is exceptionally wonderful for immunity is turmeric. We cannot stress enough how important is turmeric for overall health. Do you know why your mother or grandmother asks you to consume turmeric milk or haldi doodh when you are sick? It is because of the impeccable infection-fighting properties. Curcumin in turmeric is the secret ingredient behind turmeric. To get its benefits, just add a dash of turmeric powder to your meals or make turmeric tea or have turmeric milk daily.
In a nutshell, everything that you need to boost your immune system is within your reach. Most of the ayurvedic herbs are available in your kitchen. If not, they are easily available in the market. Ayurveda has the solution to all your problems. You can tackle COVID-19 easily with these Ayurvedic herbs.
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