Thinking about Ayurvedic remedies reminds me of my granny. When I was a kid I thought my granny was superwoman as she could fix just about anything – from a fever to a toothache.
It was only after growing up I realized that my grandma used old wives healing remedies and yes, they actually did work. Are you wondering what this has to do with Ayurveda?
You’ll be surprised to see the connection…
…a couple of months after I stumbled upon Ayurveda as a wellness system, I realized that just like my granny’s remedies, Ayurvedic home remedies have been passed from one generation to another in the Indian subcontinent.
What do you do when you have a minor cough, cold or flu? Most people I know begin to pop pills.
But what if you and your loved ones could use natural cures to feel better?
No side effects, no visits to the doctor, just you sitting at home, wrapped in a comfy blanket (binge watching Netflix!) and healing yourself with Ayurvedic remedies (and I’m pretty sure that’s what granny would suggest).
Let’s be clear on one thing – if you have any major health issues or a chronic condition, you should see your doctor.
But wouldn’t it be truly empowering if you know how to heal yourself at home for minor illnesses?
Curious what these ayurvedic remedies are? I’m going to reveal 16 Ayurvedic remedies you can use to heal yourself at home.
16 AYURVEDIC REMEDIES
There’s one thumb rule with Ayurvedic home remedies – you can usually find all the ingredients you need at home – in the form of herbs and spices in your kitchen or your Ayurvedic herb cabinet. The idea is to whip your remedy at home in no time – so that you can use it, treat your symptoms and recover.
Spices used in Ayurvedic remedies – clove, cinnamon, black pepper, cumin, fennel
Herbs used in Ayurvedic remedies – turmeric, tulsi, mint, coriander, ginger, garlic
Other stuff in your pantry that can be used in Ayurvedic remedies – rock salt, honey
Special tip – Not stocked up to make your own Ayurvedic remedies? No worries, most of these spices/herbs can be found in your neighborhood Indian grocery store or at a health food store.
1. Black pepper & rice paste – Does your head feel like it’s going to blast sometimes? Mine does from time to time and that’s why I use this Ayurvedic remedy for splitting headaches. Take 10 black peppercorns and 1 teaspoon of white rice. Soak them in a small bowl with water for 10 minutes. Now grind these two things with 1 tablespoon of water and add a little more water until it forms a smooth paste (but it shouldn’t be runny).
Rub this paste on your forehead and let it stay for at least 15 minutes. Make sure to wash your hands after you’re done applying the paste and keep them away from your eyes. You can lie down afterwards. Don’t let the paste enter your eyes (coz ouch, it’s gonna burn!). Rinse off the paste.
2. Castor oil massage – Who doesn’t like a nice head massage! Massage your scalp, forehead and feet with castor oil, which is supposed to one of the best natural remedies for healing headaches of all kinds (it can even heal migraines if you apply it daily for a week).
3. Ginger tea – Ayurveda believes that bad digestion can also cause headaches. Ginger has lots of health benefits and one of them is aiding digestion. A warm cup of ginger tea will soothe your nerves. To make ginger tea, crush an inch of ginger and boil it with 2 cups of water. Simmer until the water gets reduced to a cup. Voila, your ginger tea is ready to drink!
COUGH & COLD
There’s a long list of Ayurvedic remedies to treat cough & cold. Here’s my selection of the easiest and most effective ones.
4. Hot Turmeric Water – Tumeric is called The Golden Spice because it has many health benefits. Stir 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric into 1 glass of hot water. Mix well. Sip this slowly throughout the day.
5. Cinnamon Tea – Not only does this Ayurvedic cinnamon tea fight cough & cold, but it’s also delish. To make it, boil 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder with 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Let the liquid simmer until it becomes 1 cup. Strain it into your favorite mug and mix in ½ -1 teaspoon of honey. Have this soothing cup of cinnamon tea and take a small nap.
6. Fresh Tulsi & Ginger Tea – In Ayurveda, Tulsi is called The Queen Of Herbs. Now more and more people are turning to Tulsi for its numerous healing properties.
To make a Tulsi & Ginger tea, coarsely chop about 10 fresh leaves of Tulsi (if you don’t have fresh Tulsi leaves, just go for the regular basil leaves). Finely chop an inch of ginger and dry roast it in a thick bottomed pot. Add the basil leaves and add 2 cups of water. Let it simmer until the tea reduces to 1 cup. Have it with 1 teaspoon of honey. Having a warm cup of freshly brewed Tulsi Ginger tea will soothe your throat.
You can have both the above Ayurvedic teas throughout the day to heal your cough & cold.
Here’s a video with Ayurvedic home remedies for cough:
7. Chew on cloves, green cardamoms and raisins – If you have a sore throat that’s been bothering you, chew on any of these – 1 bud of clove or 2 green cardamoms or 3-4 raisins (just don’t chew them all together).
8. Basil Juice with Ginger & Honey – Crush 10-15 basil leaves and 1 inch of ginger with a mortar & pestle to make a paste. Place a tea strainer over a small cup. Put this juice into the strainer and now press this paste down with a spoon until all juice drains into the cup. Mix 1 tablespoon of this fresh basil-ginger juice with 1 tablespoon of honey. Have this mixture 4 times a day after every 4 hours. This will bring the fever down by the end of the day.
9. Lemon-Raisin Juice – Lemons are full of Vitamin C which vitamin is essential for a strong immune system. Soak a handful of raisins in ½ cup of water for 2-3 hours (it’s best if you do it overnight). Grind the raisins and mix 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice in it. Drinking this juice will bring your temperature down quickly.
If you want to boost your immunity, give a shot to this Lemon Ginger Immune Boosting Tea.
10. Golden Milk with Black Pepper – Warm 1 cup of milk and add 1 teaspoon each of ground turmeric and black pepper powder into it. Stir well and drink it while it’s lukewarm. I usually have this golden milk twice a day if I’m running a fever and trust me, it helps immensely.
11. Ayurvedic Anti-Acne Herbal Powder – Grind together 2 tablespoons of each of these herbs – coriander seeds, dried basil leaves, fennel, turmeric and dried Indian gooseberry. Store the powder in an airtight container and have half a teaspoon of this powder 15-20 minutes before you eat lunch and dinner.
12. Indian Gooseberry Powder – Indian Gooseberry also known as Amla (in Hindi), is an ancient wonder berry native to the Indian subcontinent. Here’s an anti-acne remedy made with this herb – mix 1 teaspoon of ground Indian gooseberry in 1 cup of water. Drink this concoction every morning and evening and you’ll see your acne gradually fading away.
13. Honey-Lemon Paste – If you’re looking for an Ayurvedic remedy to treat acne externally, dabbing pimples with this paste is very effective. It’s pretty simple – mix equal parts honey and lemon juice, apply the paste on a zit, leave it for 7-10 minutes, splash with water.
A word of caution – while it’s okay to apply this paste over smaller spots, don’t use it on a bigger inflamed spot (because that’s gonna cause a burning sensation that you don’t want!).
You’ll be surprised at how easily constipation can be treated with Ayurvedic remedies at home.
14. Copper Charged Water – Not only does drinking from copper cure constipation, storing water in a copper pot also kills diarrhea causing bacteria, shows a medical study.
To make copper charged water, get a copper jug or water bottle – it should ideally store 1 liter of water. Fill it overnight with filtered water and the next morning drink 2 glasses of this water. Do this daily and drink at least 7-8 additional glasses of of water throughout the day.
15. Soaked Figs – Wash 3-4 dried figs and soak them in ½ cup of water overnight. Next morning before you eat anything else, eat the figs and then drink the water in which they were soaked. Figs have a mild laxative effect and they’re great for relieving constipation. Eat soaked figs daily for at least a month and see how your digestion improves.
16. Warm Milk with Ghee Before Bed – Have a cup of warm milk mixed with 1 teaspoon of ghee before you go to sleep. Make sure NOT to drink this immediately post-dinner. Wait for at least 1-2 hours after dinner before you drink this.
Now you see, I wasn’t making things up when I told you how simple some of these Ayurvedic remedies are. Up for trying these time-tested natural home remedies? Trust me babe, not only will you heal yourself at home but you’ll also be to take care of your loved ones better with these all-natural, non-invasive and ancient Ayurvedic cures. My favorite thing about these remedies is that they have zero side effects!
If you want every lady like yourself to take charge of her health and use these Ayurvedic remedies, what are you waiting for?! Make sure you share this post and pin it on Pinterest (after all, the world needs to pop lesser pills and turn to natural cures).
If you’re looking for natural ways to de-stress, boost your immune system & slow down aging, be sure to check out my post about What Are Adaptogenic Herbs?
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