Cold, Flu, Natural Remedies, Ayurveda, India, Health, Virus

So it all begins with those mild tingly sensations in the throat. By the time you realise something is probably wrong in there, you have already been attacked by cold and flu.

You are already sneezing or coughing, have teary eyes and you are probably [helplessly] trying to gulp without any discomfort. No, please don’t look at those antibiotics in the kitchen cupboard. They shouldn’t have been there in the very first place.

Antibiotics come with their side-affects that can include diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, thrush and allergic reactions. The loss to the person’s immune system is irreparable. Cold and flus are viral and we know that antibiotics have no effect on a virus (those who didn’t know this, do now).

So what’s the way out? Natural remedies, for sure.

People have been using natural medicine over thousands of years. Having first emerged in India as Ayurveda (ayur meaning life and veda meaning knowledge) around, as some believe 3,000 years ago, it was translated into Chinese by 400 AD. The best way to go is the natural way, and the best part about it is that it is harmless and has no recorded side-affects.

Here’s my grandma’s five [miraculous] ways to beat the cold and shoo the flu.

  1. The vitamin dose. Contrary to what most people think about lemon and other citric fruit being bad for cough and flu, it turns out that vitamin-C actually helps in soothing sore throat. Combine a few drops of lemon juice and a tablespoon of honey and mix it in a glass of warm water. If you don’t like warm, mix the honey and lemon while the water is warm and drink it when it’s at room temperature.
  2. The ginger affect.  Ginger is known for its decongestant qualities. It helps stimulate slow digestion and improves the taste buds too, that are worst affected in cold and flu. Boil a few slices of fresh ginger in water. You can add a cardamom seed and a few mint leaves for aroma and taste. Pour the ginger tea over a slice of lemon, already resting in the cup. Don’t like lemon, skip this part.
  3. When we say ginger, how can we forget its friend garlic? Garlic contains antiseptic properties. Use as much garlic in your food during cold and flu.
  4. This one’s my personal favourite. Chew five whole black peppercorns. Don’t swallow, I said chew. Wait for around 10 seconds before you lick a generously scooped one tablespoon of honey. Wait for another 10 seconds and drink a cup of warm water. Try to take it sip by sip for the dripping-effect. This works like magic. My grandma has cured blocked, painful throats with this in five minutes. Repeat once or twice a day depending on how bad your sore throat is.
  5. Mix half a tablespoon each of ginger with black pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and turmeric (all spices ground). Add three teaspoons of raw sugar into it to form the base mixture. Now take half teaspoon of this mixture and mix with either honey or warm water. Take this twice a day for relief within two days.

Image via womansworld.in

By Ayesha Hasan