Seasonal changes are the time of examination of our body strength. It depends on our immunity that how we respond to it. A good immunity help to cope with the variations in season. Ayurveda has been focusing on preventive measures more before than talking about the curative measure.
Ayurveda suggests eating amla every day makes immunity stronger. Its botanical name is Phyllanthus emblica. This fruit is cold in potency and balances all the doshas (vata, pitta, kapha). It cleanses the system by promoting healthy bowel movements.
Amla has Vitamin C and boosts immunity. It also contains phenolic substances such as flavones and anthocyanins that are very strong antioxidants. Also, it is known by research that due to its antioxidant properties it is very helpful to improve the immunity.
How to use it?
- Drink its juice daily empty stomach in the morning.
- Eat 3-4 amlas daily.
Haritaki is considered advantageous due to its good effects in almost all types of diseases. It is hot in potency and beneficial for all doshas. This fruit helps to cleanse our body by detoxifying the channels. Along with cleansing it also nourishes our body. Ultimately it helps to promote our immunity. Haritaki also eases out the elimination of waste from the body. It prevents constipation and improves the absorption of the nutrients.
The regimen of consuming haritaki in different seasons along with the different things is known as Ritu Haritaki.
- Early winters (Hemant – November to December): Haritaki with ginger powder
- Winters (January to February): Haritaki with long pepper
- Spring (March to April): Haritaki with honey
- Summer (May to June): Haritaki with jaggery
- Rainy season (July to August): Haritaki with rock salt (saindhav)
- Autumn (September to October): Haritaki with sugar
Dose of Haritaki
- Its dose depends on the basis of requirement.
- The average dose is 1 to 6 grams of powder.
Adding healthy spices to your meal help to boost immunity. Here are the top three spices to add in your routine meals or drinks.
Every Indian have this amazing spice named Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia/dalchini) in their kitchen. Cinnamon is rich in cinnamaldehyde (active compound). This spice balances Vata and Kapha dosha. It is hot in potency, so excess use of cinnamon use may aggravate Pitta dosha. This herb is found to be beneficial in reducing inflammation and fighting bacterial infection. Its regular use helps to improve immunity. For its daily use, boil a small piece of cinnamon in water and drink it in the morning.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa/haldi/haridra) is a well-known and commonly used spice in every Indian house. Its active compound is curcumin. Curcumin is one of the good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Intake of this spice regularly on required amount balances Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Turmeric capably fights with the infection like cold and flu due to its anti-inflammatory effect. Its regular use helps to boost immunity. This amazing spice improves digestion, reduces inflammation, and is very beneficial for liver functions. You can use it every day in your cooking or else you can drink milk boiled with a pinch of turmeric in it.
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum/elaichi/ela) is a very aromatic herb which gives an amazing aroma to the food. This spice balances all the doshas- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Excess use of cardamom may aggravate Pitta dosha. It maintains a good immune system. You can chew it every day after having a meal to get rid of above-said conditions.