Holidays are almost here! Are you as excited as I am to go home and spend time with family and friends? However the holiday times always brings some health problems, which can make us everything from uncomfortable to really sick. In this article I have collected some great Ayurvedic medicine remedies for the holiday season!
We have all been there! The whole year we have missed our families and looked forward of either going home for the holidays or having our loved ones who live away from home visiting us!
We arrive happy and everything is great, until we get sick! That’s right, most of us get sick one way or an other during the holidays. I have collected here the most common reasons why this happens.
Following are my advice on how to avoid these issues and also a collection of my recommended home remedies, so you can actually enjoy your time without pains and discomforts!
Some of us have missed the home cooking as we are too busy to cook fresh everyday or we have moved to an other country or state and grave for the traditional delicacies of our youth!
We tend to eat much more than normally without even really paying attention to it, since the festive food tastes great, it’s readily available and eating together with beloved ones is a social activity.
In any case it’s the holidays, so our diet is likely to consist of foods, which are different than our normal diet. The holiday foods typically contain more fat and their sugar content is higher, both with cause all sorts of problems with the digestion!
Many of the herbs and other methods I have mentioned in my article have multiple uses. Makes sure the read everything to evaluate with will suite your best!
Ayurvedic Medicine Remedies For Heartburn and Bloating
Heart burn and bloating are one of the most common problems following over eating, together with irritants such as garlic, coffee and citrus fruits!
Both make us feel rather uncomfortable and agitated, besides it can cause embarrassing side effects such as letting out wind and burping, which are not exactly sought after in social situation.
My number one home remedy is the humble, often overlooked herb Mint. I actually grow this wonderful herb in my own garden and use it in everything from teas, to flavoring food. Besides, chewing it gives one a fresh breath!
You can use mint in many different ways to relief heart burn. It’s available in extract, dried and fresh. There are different uses for all of them.
- Fresh Mint- Use together with carbonated water, for best effect, let it stand several hours.
- Dried Mint – Use for making a strong tea to drink after a rich meal of over eating to prevent the problem.
- Mint Extract – Use couple of drops on the tongue to relief acute wind problems.
2. Natural Chalk
Natural chalk is a wonderful remedy for heartburn. It’s available in both powder and tablet form. It can be used either before or after meal to prevent problems.
- Powered Chalk – mix with cold water
- Chalk Tablets – chew
HOT TIP! Mix mint drops with chalk powder and form your own heartburn tablets for double effect!
Ayurvedic Medicine Remedies For Upset Tummies
Upset tummy is often caused besides food allergies and food poisoning, a stress associating with traveling, arranging parties and preparing the festive meals. The most common tummy problems are constipation and diarrhea.
Constipation is cause by the digestive track getting blocked due to lack of hydration and excessive consumption of protein. It causes indigestion, followed by great discomfort and is sometimes accompanied with flow through diarrhea.
There are several Ayurvedic remedies in tablet form to treat constipations, however when on the road, you might not be able to get your hands on those. Here are my top home remedies to relief constipation.
1.Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil has many great health benefits. It’s also commonly used for cooking in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern kitchens. Cold pressed extra virgin oil is not heated in the process of producing it and contains even more great health promoting ingredients.
Olive oil fats are 75% mono-unsaturated, omega-9 fatty acids. It has a balancing efffect on the total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol in the body.
Olive oil helps quickly in terms of getting the internal blockage moving! For the best effect, use a teaspoon on some warm water. Repeat ever hour until the symptoms are relieved.
Ginger is a very popular spice for cooking, but it also have powerful medicinal properties! Gingerol, it’s bioactive active compound, is both anti-inflammatory and has plenty of antioxidants.
Ginger is commonly used in traditional medicine for treating colds, nausea, osteoarthritis, pains, regulation of blood sugar, cholesterol and even cancer!
It is especially well known for it’s calming effects on the digestive system due to it’s ability to fight infections. It is also great for relieving constipation.
Ginger is available both in fresh an powder format. While powder is conveniently used for food, I prefer to use fresh ginger for both cooking and home remedies!
Yes, you read it right. Just drink plenty of water, cold or warm. Make tea and enjoy it! Make sure you get plenty of fluids. Exercise will also help to get things going.
Diarrhea or loose stools, diarrhea occurs when the digestive fire is weakened, usually by excess pitta. This can caused by several bacterias and viruses, but also induced by stress! Besides being extremely inconvenient and painful, especially when travellng, it can also be very dangerous for young children and elders, as it can quickly dry out your body!
While there are many remedies for diarrhea, you ought to be careful not to go from one extreme to an other and cause constipation! My two favorite ones are:
Charcoal is a really great remedy for diarrhea, especially if it’s caused by food poisoning as it absorbs toxins quickly. It also works great for relieving heartburn.
Charcoal available both in powder form and as tablets or capsures, which you either mix with water or swallow. It is also available in so called activated form, but I prefer to stick to the natural variety.
Please unsure that you are consuming coal produce by burning real untreated wood and not mineral or wood briquette coal. Neither is healthy to consure!
Apples are one of the most commonly eaten fruits and for good reasons! They grow in almost any climates, are filled with vitamin C and contain both soluble and insoluble pectins.
To treat the diarrhea, cut organic apples in cubes,stew with little water, until completely soft. You can fasten the process by grating the apples, which allows you to use the skin as well. Enjoy with cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg!
Chia seeds have many wonderful uses and are extremely rich in nutrients such as omega acids and rich source of minerals calcium, zinc, copper, potassium and phosphorus, all extremely important for healthy body!
My favorite way to stop diarrhea, is to soak chia seeds in almond milk, mix with cinnamon and raw honey! Top with some sae buckthorn berries for double effect!
HOT TIP! My number one recommendation to help with all the digestive problems is sea buckthorn! Besides from preventing diarrhea, t has fantastic effects on balancing the gastrointestinal track and preventing metabolic disorders.
This process often causes a strong immune system response, which overwhelms our bodies and causes symptoms such excessive tiredness, which we mistake for flu. In fact our body is just in need of rest, fresh air and exercise! Be sure to get plenty of them all.
However as lot of people come together, they bring with them the bacteria and viruses they carry in their systems!The common flu is actually a collection of different mutation of the virus, which vary depending on where you caught it.
Most of us and battling with runny noses and sore throats, tummy upsets and other small discomforts. It’s not enough so that we feel sick, but never the less, we are carrier and can infect others!
However a virus or bacteria our body is able to defeat, either due to our strong immune system or simply because we have grown immunities to them due to long exposure, might cause severe problems to other people.
Especially children and old people are at risk of getting the common flu due to their weakened immune responses! We need to take care of their immune systems and strengthen them in advance for the holiday season!
While there are several flue remedies out there, my recommended remedies all contain the following ingredients:
- Vitamin C (vitamins E and A)
- Iron (copper and zinc)
- Propolis, also called bee glue
Garlic is one of the most effective immune system boosters nature has to offer! It’s rich in allicin, which is released when you cut, chop or crush the cloves. It’s also both anti-fungal and antibacterials. Garlic stimulates the activity of immune system cells that destroy cold and flu viruses.
It’s available in different forms, such as powder, tablets, dried and fresh. However for the maximum benefits, use fresh garlic gloves! You can mix them in cooking or enjoy raw, garlic breath can be fought with a slice of fresh apple!
2. Green Tea
Green tea has been used for all sorts of medicinal purposes since it’s discovery! It is a rich source of several minerals such as:
Besides tasting great, it also has large amounts of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), flavonoids and catechins, very powerful antioxidants. These active ingredients help with:
As a flu remedy, green tea fantastic as it lowers the infections in the airways, by killing the bacteria. It is also shown to inhibit viruses like the influenza virus, therefore potentially lowering your risk of flu infections.
3. Lemon & Lime
Lemon and lime both have great medicinal values and antibacterial properties. They are a a rich source of nutrients like:
- Vitamin C (B6, A, E)
- Pectin fibre
- Citric Acid
Lemon is often used in a lot of home remedies, mostly due to it’s high C vitamin content, but also for it’s high mineral content, which helps to treats plenty of deficiencies caused by a monotone diets.
Citric acid in itself is great for clearing out infections, especially in the urine ways. It does it by increasing the acidity of the bacterial environment, making it difficult for the microbes to survive and, more importantly, to reproduce.
While both can be bought is variety of powders and juices, using organic fresh fruit is always your best option for remedies. Mix fresh lemon in water, let stand over night and drink first thing in the morning. Add lemon slices to tea!
I cannot stop talking about how important berries are for strengthening the immune system! They contain a lot of vitamins, some minerals and plenty of antioxidants. My favorite ones are:
- Raspberries – antioxidants, source of manganese and vitamin C
- Black Currants – antioxidants, vitamin C, GLA
- Rose Hips – vitamin C and pectin
There are plenty of others out there, all with their unique properties. I have chosen my favorites based on the other affects they have on my body and due to their taste agreeing with my pallet!
I could write all day about the benefits of cold pressed honey on the immune system and on our general well being, but I will just make a small summary here for my favorite immune booster!
Besides raw, unprocessed honey tasting wonderful, honey is one of the most used ingredient in a lot of home remedies and with a reason! This liquid gold has many almost magic qualities in healing our bodies due to it’s unique composition. Honey is:
- Source Of Antioxidants
- Source of Phytonutrients – anti-inflammatory benefits
- Pain Soother
- Cough Suppressant
I eat a spoonful of raw unprocessed honey mornings and evenings on every single day that I am not fasting. It it keeping me safe from the common flu, even with cancer taking it’s toll on my body!
You might be wondering why I am mentioning Yoga in an article about Ayurvedic remedies. I do it simply because a regular Yoga routine also helps to balance all the elements of our being, helping to both avoid and treat illnesses.
You can read my article about how to get started with yoga practice here:
If you are experiencing any symptoms for illness, there are several effective asanas, which can bring effective and immediate relieve, even of the road! Here are 3 of my favorite poses for the times I feel like I might get sick.
- Bridge Pose – Salamba Setu Bandhasana
Opens up the chest and reliefs congestion of the airways.
- Bound Angle Pose – Salamba Baddha Konasana
Opens up the chest, abdomen, and groin. It also relaxes the nervous system.
- Forward Bend Pose – Prasarita Padottanasana
This pose quiets the internal organs and relaxes the mind.
HOT TIP! Here is my favorite flue medicine!
- I make fresh ginger tea by boiling 1 medium ginger root with water and reducing it, until a very strong extract is left!
- I wash a lemon and slice it with the peel. I add them to the ginger extract
- I add 2 mint branches
- I let it stand for at least 1h
- I add 1 litter of boiling water
- I put it in a thermos to keep it hot!
- I mix in 2 spoonfuls of raw unprocessed honey into every cup I drink!
Also take a look at my infused water recipes for Lime, Ginger And Mint Cold Infused Water. It’s delicious and great for immune system and helps you recover faster.
6. Pollen Allergies
Are you going somewhere where you will be exposed to large quantities of pollen? Read my article about the best home remedies for pollen allergy.
I hope you have enjoyed my home remedies for the holidays and it will help to keep you safe and healthy while you celebrate with your loved ones!
Please practice common sense and take care of good hygiene when traveling! Prepare properly as most common health problems on the road are caused by not refrigerating the food and in some parts of the world consuming unclean water, both causing serious health problems.
If you have any questions, please let me know and I will gladly respond. I’d also love to hear your opinions and your own remedies. Leave me a comment below.
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ॐ Love and Peace,
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