Monsoon has finally hit the city and everyone’s getting immersed in the fun of experiencing rain, inhaling its sweet smell in sepia-colored surroundings. A total mood-killer it is, then, when we are reminded of the diseases that are a part of the monsoon’s entourage.
So that we can enjoy the romance of this season and get some much-needed respite from the heat minus the diseases, we went looking for what we can do to prevent them. We found our answers in our old friend, Ayurveda. (Remember how we told you it was the key to holistic fitness? Not surprising so much then, huh?!)
Ayurveda advises a list of dos and don’ts that help you prevent the diseases that are common in monsoon. Not just that, in the off chance that we have to suffer them, it also has a few simple and effective cures lined up.
Time to get battle ready then!
Know thy enemy
The first step to get battle ready is to know who (what) you are fighting against.
The monsoon, which brings with it the ever romantic petrichor, also hangs out with:
- Cold and flu
- Viral fever
Quite a list that is!
Collect your ammunition
This, we’ll do in two parts. Part 1—Prevention: Dietary and lifestyle recommendations from Ayurveda to stop the enemy and Part 2—Cures: Simple Ayurvedic remedies to drive away from the enemy.
Dietary and lifestyle recommendations
- Consume chyawanprash on a regular basis. It is hailed as Ayurveda’s magic wand that helps build a strong immune system and protects from almost all monsoon infections.
- Undergo the Panchkarma, a detoxification process that uses medicated oils, which also balances the three doshas.
- Stay hydrated. Drink warm water to stay safe from water-borne diseases. A good amount of fluids in your diet also ensures that your metabolism is always up and running.
- Include ginger and garlic in your daily diet.
- Stay away, or at least limit your consumption of spicy, oily, sour and acidic foods. These foods aid acid reflux, indigestion and bloating.
- Add ghee to your diet. It aids in digestion and boosts immunity.
- Avoid sleeping in the daytime. It slows down your metabolism.
- Sun exposure, to get an adequate amount of vitamin D3, does wonders to strengthen your immune system.
- Use neem leaves for drying clothes; it is a fumigative disinfectant and kills bacteria.
- If you get wet in the rain (which you will, obviously, at least once) change into dry clothes as soon as possible.
Ayurvedic remedies for common monsoon ailments
Cold and flu
- Have some Tulsi tea when an aggravating cold and flu cannot stop shadowing you.
Tulsi relieves headaches, congestion and improves digestion.
- Mix equal parts honey and turmeric, and have 1 teaspoon of this paste every few hours.
- Do simple breathing exercises.
- Give yourself an Ayurvedic massage daily. It calms the neurons in the skin and supports immunity.
- Boil about 10 grams of fresh coriander in approximately half a litre of water, and strain it. Consume this water every day. Coriander’s anti-inflammatory properties reduce the heat in the body.
- Consume dry ginger powder in recommended quantities to gain strength after a long-standing fever.
- Crush papaya leaves, strain the juice and drink it. Papaya has high levels of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Vitamin C works for your immune system; antioxidants detoxify your body.
- Drink as much water as possible; dehydration is one of the worst outcomes of dengue fever.
- Consume a syrup made from the extract of fennel seeds and mint leaves.
- Basil-infused tea is a popular typhoid remedy because it eases inflammation and joint pain.
- Raw or semi-cooked garlic has a lot of health benefits too; it flushes out toxins from the kidney and purifies the blood.
- Apply clove oil to affected areas; it is known to bring immense relief.
- Mix a pinch of cinnamon powder with 2-3 tablespoons of castor oil. Heat the oil till it is lukewarm and massage it on the affected joints.
- Take an inch of ginger. Grate it and add it to 1 and a ¼ cup of water, along with some aniseed. Add about a pinch of turmeric powder after the water has boiled. Strain this mixture and drink it.
- Soak some fenugreek seeds overnight in a cup full of water. Filter the water in the morning. Drink this water every hour.
- Drink a lot of lime juice. You can also drink a mixture of lemon juice and sugarcane juice.
- Mash a ripe banana and eat it mixed with honey.
Before we sign off, here’s one more thing Ayurveda strongly suggests: Do not change your diet and lifestyle abruptly. The body can cope with—and benefit from—dietary and lifestyle changes only if they are gradual. Ayurveda practitioners recommend allowing a period of 15 days to introduce the changes steadily.
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Nikita Jhanglani is a technical and creative content writer, editor and book blogger. Currently, she is into world domination, one checklist at a time.