Do you feel exhausted? Do you have skin issues or suffering from hair loss? Or do you catch a cold easily? If the answer is yes, you are most likely to have a week immune system. According to Wikipedia, “The immune system is a host defense system comprising many biological structures and processes within an organism that protects against disease”.
Your immune system is your body’s frontline defense system which protects your body and fight against invaders. These invaders can be bacteria, viruses, parasites, or all other pathogenic organisms found in our environment that can make us ill. A stronger immune system creates a barrier that blocks these foreign substances from entering our bodies. However, if by any chance, these substances enter our body, our immune system produces white blood cells, protein, and other chemicals that fight back and destroy these invaders.
If our immune system is perfect, it works as a life savior but if it’s not on point, it is an invitation to various health problems. You may have a higher risk of catching infections. In this current COVID-19 pandemic, it has become very important for us to protect ourselves. We need to maintain our health in a situation like this and we can do this by focusing more on our energy and boosting our immune system. There is a harmful effect of COVID-19 on a person with a weak immune system. Therefore, it has become extremely important to build your immune system stronger.
There are a lot of ways through which you can boost your immune system but in this article, I’ll let you know the ayurvedic herbs and spices which can help you boost your immune system. These recommendations are natural and very effective. Here are 8 ways to boost your immune system with Ayurveda.
Adding Ayurvedic Herbs and spices to your diet.
Ayurveda, Sanskrit word Ayur (life), and Veda (the science of knowledge). Hence, it means “The science of life”. Ayurveda is considered to be the oldest healing science and is originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. This Ayurvedic healing system is also known as the “Mother of All Healing”. According to a report, Ayurveda has enough potential and possibilities to be employed both for the prevention and treatment option for COVID-19 (1). According to Ayurveda, the health & wellness of a person depends on a balance between Vata, pitta, and Kapha (the three principle energies of the body).
Here a list of herbs and spices which you should add to your diet for maintaining a good immune system.
Also known as Indian Ginseng, Ashwagandha is a powerful herb that is being used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 5000 years. It is popularly known to boost the immune system instantly. Ashwagandha increases your energy, stamina, muscle mass, and strength. In addition to that, it also improves brain function. It reduces blood sugar levels, inflammation, and cortisol levels, a stress hormone.
Ashwagandha is easily available in the form of shrub and the extracts or powder of its roots. The leaves of Ashwagandha is also used for various purposes such as for treating a viral infection, cough, fever, or chronic pain. According to a study, it has been stated that Ashwagandha, when mixed with cows’ milk, does not only increase the level of white blood cell but also increase the number of CD4+ T helper cells (2)
How to consume Ashwagandha
- Warm Milk/ Water- 1 Glass
- Ashwagandha powder- 1 Tbsp
- Mix 1Tbsp of Ashwagandha with 1 glass of warm milk or water and have it in the night, one hour before your sleep.
You can also have it in a tablet form easily available on various online sites and stores.
Because of the strong spiritual significance in Indian culture, Tulsi is also known as “the Holy Basil” and the plant is commonly found in every Indian household. It is also believed that having a Tulsi plant indoors can help you protect from various infections and diseases such as cold and cough because of its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.
Tulsi is rich in Vitamin C and zinc, therefore, it is known as a natural ayurvedic immunity booster. It also contains an abundance of antioxidants and micronutrients which protect your immune system from the damage caused by free radicals. In addition to that, tulsi has purification powers that fight with fever, infections, and respiratory disease. The extract of tulsi leaves also increases the T helper cells.
How to consume Tulsi?
- Tulsi leaves- 1 Sprig
- honey- 5 drops
- ginger- 1/2 tsp
- lemon juice
- water- 3 Cup
- Add a 3 cup of water in a large utensil. Put it on a high flame.
- Add basil leaves, chopped ginger, and let it boil for 10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat. Strain the tea and add honey and lemon to it.
- Your powerful and beneficial tulsi tea is ready.
You can also include tulsi supplements to your diet or you can chew 8-10 tulsi leaves on a daily basis.
Also known as “miracle herb”, Neem is a very powerful herb that has an ability to fight against bacteria, viruses, and fungus. It helps in detoxification of your blood and helps your body eliminate all kinds of impurities. Neem is rich in antioxidants that protect your body from the damages caused by the free radical attack. Neem leaves are commonly used in medicine. Apart from neem leaves, neem bark and neem flowers are also used in Ayurvedic medicine for purifying the blood. This powerful antimicrobial herb is used to boost immunity.
How to consume Neem?
You can have this amazing immune-boosting herb in the form of supplements. You can also chew the fresh leaves in the morning on an empty stomach. There is neem juice available in different brands online.
Also known as “Amrita” meaning “the root of immortality”, Giloy is rich in antioxidants which makes your immune system stronger and supports digestion. it also helps in treating fever. In addition to that, Giloy removes toxins from your body, purifies the blood, and fights bad bacteria.
How to consume Giloy?
Mix 1 tbsp of Giloy powder in lukewarm water and have it empty stomach in the morning.
There are varieties of Giloy juice option available in the market which you can purchase. These juice are concentrated one so you have to dilute the juice with water before consuming it. You can also have Giloy in a capsule form.
Ever wondered why our elders always use to say to have turmeric milk when we were wounded or sick? According to Ayurveda, turmeric has an antioxidant and anti-microbial property which instantly boosts immunity and has strong healing properties. Because of the presence of curcumin, a bioactive compound that acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. In India, Haldi (turmeric) is also commonly used in various curries and dishes.
How to consume Turmeric?
- Turmeric-1/2 tsp
- Milk- 1 cup
- Add 1/2 tsp of turmeric in hot milk and have in the night before an hour of your sleep.
Also known as Indian Gooseberry or Amalaki, Amla is one superfood and a popular herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Because of the presence of a high amount of vitamin C, Amla is very effective to boost immunity. Moreover, it also increases the level of white blood cells in the body. In addition to that, Amla has anti-bacterial and astringent properties which strengthen your overall immunity system. It also makes antibodies that fight infections and purifies your body. Take one amla a day and keep infections at bay.
How to consume Amla?
You can take fresh amla juice first thing in the morning
You can also take it in the form of a supplement.
Garlic has a strong antioxidant, antimicrobial, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory properties which boost your immune system instantly. It is used in every cuisine and gives a little zing to the food. It also helps lower your blood pressure. A compound called Allicin present in garlic is popularly known to boost the immune system.
You can have 2-3 raw garlic cloves in a day.
Ginger is another common herb that is easily available and adds an amazing flavor to food. Also known as “Vishwa-Aushadh” in Ayurveda and “Adrak” or “Shunti” in Sanskrit, Ginger has strong anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antifungal properties which have been used since ages to cure a cold & coughs, morning sickness, nausea, arthritis, and depression. It also strengthens your digestive system, lowers cholesterol level. prevents bacterial infection, and cleanse the lymphatic system.
You can consume ginger by making ginger tea.
- Ginger- 1 or 2 slices
- water- 1 Cup
- honey (optional)
- Add water in a pan
- Add a slice of ginger to it. Allow the mixture to boil on high heat.
- Reduce the heat on the minimum and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
- Turn off the flame and strain the tea.
- Add honey to it for better taste.
You can also add crushed ginger to your regular tea as well.
It is well known that to live a healthy life, your immune system should need a boost. Add any of these herbs or few to your daily life and you’ll see the difference. With this have seasonal fruits, eat a balanced diet, exercise, or do yoga regularly, drink enough water, and maintain proper sleep. “Have faith in Ayurveda and stay well”.