Individuals often get cold and flu during the winter and spring seasons the symptoms are all too familiar runny nose, cough, congestion, headache and sometimes fever.The best remedy for cold is ginger. Here are several home remedies using ginger that will greatly relieve your cold symptoms and hasten full recovery:
Ginger 1 part
Cinnamon 1 part
Lemongrass 2 parts
Steam 1 teaspoon of this formula for about 10 minutes in 1 cup of hot water; strain it and add honey for sweetness if you like.
Ginger 2 parts
Cinnamon 3 parts
Cardamom just a pinch
Mix ginger, cinnamon and cardamom in a cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. When the tea has cooled down somewhat, you can add about ½ to 1 teaspoon of honey for taste.
HOT WATER: Drinking hot water several times a day is an effective way to remove toxins from the system and hasten recovery from a cold.
NO DAIRY PRODUCTS: Strictly avoid dairy products such as yogurt, cottage cheese, and milk.
PREVENTION: As a preventive measure, take the herb amalaki. Taking 1 teaspoon of amalaki daily, with warm water at night, will help to prevent the common cold.
BREATHING EXERCISE: Use the 'Breath of Fire' breathing exercises to help burn up your cold. Inhale normally and passively, but exhale forcefully, and repeat rapidly several times.
One of the simplest breathing practices, and one that is very effective, is Anuloma Viloma Pranayama
1. Sit comfortably on the floor in across legged posture, keeping the spine straight, fingers and body position.
2. Close the right nostril with your right thumb, and inhale through the left nostril. Inhale into the belly, not into the chest.
3. After inhaling, hold your breath for just a moment.
4. Exhale through your right nostril while closing the left with ring and little finger of your right hand.
ONLY MILD EXERCISE: Ayurveda says that when you have a cold, it is best not to do vigorous exercise. Rather try some mild exercises.
FORWARD STRETCH: Sit with your legs straight in front of you and raise your arms above your head, palms facing forward. Stretch your body up from the bottom of the spine. Inhale, and bend forward as you exhale, reaching toward your toes. Bend from the hips, keeping your back as straight as you can. Each time you exhale, relax a little further. Pull in your abdomen and feel the stretch in your arms hamstrings.
HALF SHOULDERSTAND: Lie on your back and raise your legs as you inhale, bending your knees if necessary. Exhaling, bring your legs farther back so your hips come off the floor. Support your hips with your hands, resting your weight on your arms, shoulders, and elbows. Inhaling, lift your legs up to the vertical position, but let your trunk remain at an angle of 450. If the strain on your hands is too great, lower your legs toward your head. Hold, breathing normally, then bend your legs, release your arms, and roll out of the pose as you exhale.
PLOUGH: Start as you did for the Half Shoulderstand but instead of raising your legs to the vertical, stretch back and try to touch the ground behind you with your feet. You can also go direct from the Shoulderstand into the Plough by lowering your legs while supporting your waist with your hands. Release your arms as you do this. So they are stretched out flat, or fold them around your head. Hold, then roll out of the pose.
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