Ayurvedic Concoctions to Boost Immunity
Ayurveda – a 5000 year old medical practice that Indians have sworn by since time immemorial.
More recently, the myriad benefits of Ayurveda have been picked up by the West, and it’s finding its way into modern science and medicine as well.
Locally, we already know its benefits. And in a post-Covid world, where everyone’s focused on ensuring their immunity is strong, Ayurveda has emerged as a ready option, offering the best of ingredients that help boost your immunity the natural way.
So, if you’re looking to do just that, here are five potent immunity boosting Ayurvedic concoctions that you can enjoy this year!
1. Ginger Tea
When it comes to Ayurvedic conctions to boost the immune system, choose one that’s simple, yet effective – like Ginger Tea. It has a warming, pleasantly spicy taste and a hoard of health benefits too.
You can easily prepare it by adding 1/4th of a teaspoon of freshly ground ginger to boiling water, and a dollop of honey to balance the sweetness naturally.
In addition to giving you an immunity boost, ginger has a hoard of other properties too. It’s a highly potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent that eases digestive discomfort, reduces blood pressure and helps aid weight loss as well! All these properties make it one of the best immunity-boosting drinks!
2. Triphala Juice
Three fruits – the name of the drink says it all. And if you ask us, it means three times the health benefits too!
These dried fruits include Haritaki, Bibhikati, and Amalaki.
Triphala has been used in traditional Ayurveda since its inception, and is considered one of the few true ‘polyherbal’ medications. It improves blood circulation, reduces inflammation and is great for your heart too!
3. Giloy Tulsi Juice
Scientifically known as Tinospora Cordifolia – or Guduchi in Hindi – Giloy is known for its high nutritional content in its stem, roots and leaves.
Boiling a few tulsi leaves and adding it to this concoction really makes it a powerful, potent Ayurvedic concoction. Consume it twice a day, and its Ayurvedic immunity boosting benefits include healthier skin, detoxification, and of course, improved immunity.
4. Fenugreek Drinks
This one takes a little while, so patience is important here. A commonly found spice, Fenugreek Seeds can be added to water or tea, depending on how you prefer to consume it.
Either way, you will have to keep the seeds soaked in water overnight for best results. It helps improve immunity and digestion, control your blood sugar levels, and keeps a number of diseases at bay too.
5. Grandma’s Kadha
Time-tested, benefits guaranteed – that’s what we grew up hearing when we consumed glass after glass of the bitter concoction known as ‘Kadha’. Made using a hoard of Indian herbs and spices like ginger, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper and mulethi, a Kadha was the go-to solution that helped us stay stronger from the inside out.
Today, Wellbeing Nutrition has taken that time-tested Grandma-approved recipe, and turned into one delicious drink – Grandma’s Kadha!
It has benefits aplenty too. It protects you from cold, cough and infections, helps prevent infections, relieves stress and headaches, and offers advanced immunity support.
All of this and much more, in one mighty water soluble tab. What more do you need?
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