Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began, talks about immunity and health became a common subject. Experts recommended that with no existing cure or vaccine for the virus, prevention techniques such as social distancing, wearing masks, practising proper hand and respiratory hygiene, along with trying to stay as healthy as possible were the only ways to beat the virus and avoid getting sick.
This is when Indians turned to the centuries-old wisdom of Ayurveda for boosting their immunity and keeping free of diseases. As the world starts to adopt Ayurvedic practices and Yoga for overall health, and as Ayurveda moves to a global level in the fight against COVID-19 with clinical trials and research, here are 5 ayurvedic herbs that are close to home and easily available, that you can use to boost immunity and ward off diseases.
Tulsi is one of the key ingredients used in Ayurvedic medicine. Tulsi, also known as the Holy Basil is popular all around the world for its medicinal properties. You can add tulsi to your kadha for immunity, herbal teas, etc, or can just chew a few leaves on empty stomach.
Tulsi is rich in anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties and is known to improve immunity against pathogens, especially those that cause respiratory and throat infections.
Ginger or dry ginger is used as a common ingredient in Ayurveda. Ginger is rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is used as a common home remedy for cough and cold in the form of tea, or kadha. It can help boost immunity naturally.
However, if you have a lot of body heat, or are the Pitta body type in Ayurveda, you must keep your consumption of ginger under control, especially in the summer.
Turmeric is one Ayurvedic ingredient that has made Ayurveda popular all around the world. With the western world adopting to the consumption of turmeric in the form of tablets, indigenously, turmeric is used as a common spice added to foods.
Golden milk is often used to treat muscle pains, or even as first aid in case of an injury. Turmeric contains many components that can help fight diseases.
Giloy is an ayurvedic herb that is also hailed as the “ayurvedic root for immortality”. Giloy is a powerhouse of antioxidants which help in detoxing the body and reducing free radical activity.
Giloy is also rich in anti-microbial properties and is used in various ayurvedic treatments.
Ashwagandha is another Ayurvedic herb that has been used in various treatments. It is good for physical as well as mental health. Ashwagandha can help people with stress, anxiety or insomnia as it helps to calm the mind down.
Since sleep plays such an important role in overall health, ashwagandha is an important Ayurvedic herb to keep your body and mind healthy. It is also rich in antioxidants and helps in boosting immunity.
Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.