Did you know that constant infections and illness might be an indication that your immune system is low? Sometimes such conditions may worsen during winter. Ayurvedic drinks are preferred for boosting your immunity naturally. Moreover, they can be made from the comfort of your home. In this article, I will share with you my all-time favorite immune-boosting ayurvedic drinks recipes.
Kadha, Home Remedy for Cold
- 3 cups of water
- sweetener (optional)
- 1 tablespoon each of the following herbs finely ground or coarsely crushed:
- black pepper
- dried ginger
In a hot pan, dry roast the herb mixture for 30 seconds or until they release their natural aroma. Add water and let the content boil for 5 minutes to allow the ingredients to infuse well. Switch off the heat, strain the drink, and serve. The drink can be enjoyed without sugar but if you have a sweet tooth, go ahead and add the sweetener you prefer. For maximum effect, sip this ayurvedic drink while still piping hot.
Cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger contain anti-inflammatory properties, while black pepper and cinnamon act as an expectorant. Boiling them in water facilitates herb infusion. These ingredients are geared towards fighting cough and cold and are soothing to the throat.
Minty Fresh Infusion
- 4-5 lemongrass stalks (6 inches long)
- 5-6 holy basil leaves
- 5-6 fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup of water
- Brown sugar or sea salt (your preference)
Bring the water to boil. Add brown sugar or sea salt to taste. Meanwhile, roughly chop the lemongrass, basil leaves, and mint and add them in a mug. Pour the boiling seasoned water into the mug and cover tightly. Let it seep for 5 to 7 minutes before you strain and drink.
This drink is ideal for people with respiratory ailments including asthma and the common cold. Lemongrass, basil, and mint combine to boost immunity and heal the respiratory system, by balancing all three Doshas. In addition, holy basil helps to balance your Satva Guna and strengthens your Prana thereby relieving you from mood swings. The Pitta types will benefit most from this recipe.
Hot Rice Water
- 200 ml of water
- 10 g rice
- a pinch of ginger powder
- 1 kernel of long pepper
- 2 kernel of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of Sesame oil
- A pinch of asafetida
- A pinch of rock salt
In a medium pot, heat the sesame oil under medium to low flame. Meanwhile, use a mortar and pestle to crush both peppers. Add the crushed peppers, ginger, and asafetida to the hot oil and sauté for two 2 minutes.
Now rinse your rice with clean water and add to the pot. Sauté for a minute before adding water. Cover the pot and simmer under low heat until the rice is cooked.
Now switch off the heat and add the rock salt. Allow the drink to sit in the pot for a couple of minutes then use a cheesecloth to strain and collect the clear liquid in a glass.
Pepper and ginger pacify Kapha while providing warmth to your body. On the other hand, Asafetida and rock salt balance the flow of Vata. Taking this drink during winter will keep you warm and energetic.