Monsoon season means sudden changes in temperature every now and then, leading to an increased risk of viral infections, sore throat, cold, and cough. This year is no different, except for one thing. You have the home remedies from Addlife to cure colds and coughs and boost your immunity.
Let’s see what these life-changing monsoon health remedies are.
HOW TO OVERCOME COUGH AND COLD AT HOME?
- Drink the Monsoon Herbal Tea
A time-tested Addlife remedy is this herbal drink for the monsoon season. It has all the spices and herbs you need to fight viral infections, reduce inflammation, boost immunity and keep cold and cough at bay.
The recipe is as simple as it can get. All you need is 10 tulsi leaves, ½ inch of crushed dry ginger or sonth, 1 inch of mulethi or liquorice, 1 laung or clove and 2 crushed black peppers or kali mirch.
Add all these 5 ingredients to 1 ½ cup of water and boil it until reduced to half. Then, strain it and consume it at least once a day. To add some sweetness or flavor, you can also mix dhage wali mishri to the tea after straining it.
- Gargle with Turmeric Water
Gargling is one of the best ways to treat common colds and coughs and reduce excessive mucus. However, if you are going to gargle, why use just water? Infuse it with a pinch of turmeric and sendha namak for added benefits.
- Take the Ginger and Honey Concoction
Ginger and honey both are highly effective in healing inflammation, preventing microbial infections, and curing common colds and coughs. To make this concoction, all you have to do is mix 3-4 pinch of sonth or dry ginger with 1 teaspoon of honey and have it twice or thrice a day. You can also substitute sonth with 3-4 drops of ginger juice.
- Inhale Steam Infused with Eucalyptus Oil
Steam inhalation may have been one of the oldest remedies for cold and cough in the Indian grandmothers’ diaries. It helps soothe and open your nasal passages and relieve sinus infections easily.
At Addlife, we suggest adding 4-5 drops of eucalyptus oil to boiled water before inhaling the steam. Eucalyptus oil has been historically used to reduce the symptoms of sinusitis, bronchitis, and many other monsoon health problems.
- Take Turmeric and Pepper Concoction
Another concoction with incredible benefits is turmeric and pepper. These two herbs are well-known for boosting immunity and beating viral infections.
To make this concoction, heat 1 teaspoon of ghee and add 3-4 pinches of turmeric and 1 freshly-grounded black pepper to it. Have this concoction lukewarm once or twice a day.
- Eat Dhuli Moong Dal and Rice
Eating dhuli moong dal with well-aged rice of local variety can make your monsoon journey quite comfortable. These two foods are easy to digest, give you the required protein, and also improve your immunity.
A well-aged rice grain does not break easily. Test your rice before you buy it.
MORE TIPS AND LIFESTYLE HABITS TO PREVENT OR RELIEVE COLD AND COUGH
- Wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly with water. During monsoons, fruits and vegetables may carry larvae and worms that can cause severe viral and bacterial infections.
- Do not miss out on your spices. They are essential for boosting your immunity and improving your digestion in the rainy season. Some of the most important monsoon spices include garlic, pepper, ginger, heeng, jeera powder, turmeric, ajwain, cinnamon, and coriander.
If you want to know more about the monsoon spices, read our blog on The Must-Have Monsoon Spices of India
- Do not put fresh ginger in your tea. Instead, use sonth or dry ginger powder. While fresh ginger is drying in nature, dry ginger has an unctuous nature, making it an ideal choice of spice during monsoons.
- Do not force yourself to drink excessive amounts of water. Drink only as much as your body needs. At Addlife, we recommend boiling water and then storing it in an earthen pot or Matka during the monsoon season to prevent infections.
- Burn camphor or Kapoor in your room like incense. It has all the antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties that you need.
These are the tips, lifestyle habits, and home remedies that you must follow during the monsoon season. However, you should also know the foods you should avoid during this season.
Read our blog “Foods You Must Avoid During Rainy Season” to know more.