'Healthy lifestyle is not a choice, but a way of living.'
Some simple ayurvedic procedures-
- Nasya- Nasya means- related to nose. As the name suggests this therapy includes the installation of herbal medicated oils through the nostrils. Nasya is one of the best practices to treat congestion, sinusitis, headaches, allergies, migraine, and other nasal infections. Procedure- Lie down with your head tilted back and put 5 drops of Nasya oil in each nostril. You can do Nasya therapy on an empty stomach an hour before or after a shower.
- Swedana- The literal meaning of swedana is 'Sweating'. The purpose of swedana is to expel toxins accumulated in the body and maintain dosha(energy) balance through profusely sweating. To remove intoxicants from the respiratory system, facial steaming is most effective. Procedure- Add herbs like eucalyptus oil, camphor, and tulsi to the water in a pot and take a towel over the hot water and take steam for at least 5-10 minutes. You can also use a steamer for the same purpose.
- Gandusha- Gandusha means oil pulling. It is a process of gargling with oil. Gandusha helps to maintain a healthy oral cavity and acts as a barrier to prevent the entry of pollutants and toxins through the mouth. Procedure- Take a small amount of sesame or sunflower oil and swish it for around 10-15 minutes in your mouth before spitting it out.
Keep air-purifier indoor plants in your room
Covid has forced us to stay indoors round the clock due to which air pollutants accumulate in our houses which are harmful to our respiratory system. Devil's Ivy, spider plant, money plant, peace lily, snake plant,aloe vera are some of the indoor plants that are excellent air purifiers that eradicate harmful substances from the air. They are also great stress-busters that will keep you sane while you're looked up in your houses.
Yoga asanas for the respiratory system
According to the International Yoga Federation, about 300 million people practice yoga in the world. People who have incorporated yoga into their lives have seen tremendous positive changes in their life. Yoga focuses on a holistic approach for a person's well being and in such tough times, the balance between both physical and mental health is crucial. Some yoga asanas for improving lung capacity are-
Sukhasana (Cross-legged Sitting Pose)
Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
Padma Sarvangasana (Lotus Shoulder Stand)
Nadi Shodhan pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing technique)
Natural Ayurvedic herbal drinks
The golden milk- Drinking milk is a habit inculcated in us by our mothers and in them by their mothers. But adding a pinch of turmeric can do wonders to boost immunity. It aids in lessening the inflammation in the air passage.
Ginger tea- It clears the toxins from the respiratory tracts. It also helps in curing common colds and coughs.
Peppermint tea- Peppermint helps in clearing the mucus and cure sore throat. Also, it lessens inflammation.
Decoction (Kadha)- Kadha has been the top herbal drink in Covid 19 and highly recommended by doctors as well. It can be easily made from Tulsi (Basil), Dalchini (Cinnamon), Kalimirch (Black pepper), Shunthi (Dry Ginger) and Munakka (Raisin). Add jaggery (natural sugar) and / or fresh lemon juice to your taste, if needed.
A person who eats healthy stays healthy
Over time, processed and junk food has become an inevitable part of our busy lives. Such foods undoubtedly give momentary bliss and leave our mouth-watering. Its long-term consequences are fatal. Obese people put extra effort into breathing and are prone to many diseases. Include herbs such as cardamom, holy basil, turmeric, etc, in the diet to strengthen the respiratory and immune system. Haldi (Turmeric), Jeera (Cumin), Dhaniya (Coriander), and Lahsun (Garlic) are some of the spices that are easily available in every Indian household. These spices have immense benefits to your health and are highly recommended in cooking. Apart from these, exercise daily and maintain a fit body. The aforementioned points don't build your stamina or improve your lung capacity in a day like medicines but imbibing them in your lifestyle will help you lead a better and cheerful life and keep your body and mind prepared for any unforeseen problems like the pandemic. Across the globe, our healthcare systems were not designed to deal with this unprecedented crisis, but the thousands of years old wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga successfully filled the gaps in our response to the Covid-19 challenge. EGA Wellness has made a huge contribution in bringing awareness and elucidating the benefits of Ayurveda through its products. The vision of EGA is to eradicate the root cause of illness and build a preventive healthcare system where no one needs to visit the hospitals.