Sometimes I hear people complain that their bathroom is right off of their kitchen, but I love having the two so close! Maybe this is because my kitchen is my medicine cabinet, skin care line, and a big part of my self care routine. I save so much time getting warm water for my neti pot or coconut oil for my hair, it's fantastic!
I'm sure you're very interested in the layout of my house, but perhaps you're more interested in some herbs for that cold you just got or you're trying to prevent. Getting over a cold myself this week (gasp! Ayurvedic practitioners get sick? yes, yes they do!) I was so glad to have such a solid toolbox of remedies to help myself get well. I thought I'd share some of my favorite herbs with you and how you can use them.
My favorite Ayurveda teacher would always say, the minute you feel a cold coming on start drinking ginger tea and I always do! Ginger is one of my go-to herbs for a number of reasons. Its a powerful antimicrobial that helps fight off invaders from a cold or flu and a diaphoretic which promotes warmth in the body and a good sweat to progress a fever. Its also an expectorant, meaning it helps clear phlegm from the sinuses and lungs. Not to mention it is great for digestion, especially nausea, and relaxes the abdominal area to relieve cold menstrual cramps and promote menstruation.
I normally prepare myself some ginger tea by mashing up a couple of ginger root slices and with my mortar and pestle and pouring hot water over the slices in my favorite mug. You can add some lemon or raw honey (after it has cooled a bit).
Turmeric is so trendy right now, but it's not wonder with how versatile it is. Turmeric is an excellent natural antibiotic, useful for infections like fevers and sore throats. I use it to cook with all the time, but when I'm sick I'll make myself some turmeric paste with raw honey and black pepper to help kick an infection. Take 1 tsp of turmeric and 1 tsp of black pepper and mix with some raw honey, about 2 tsp or so. You can simply eat this paste or you can take it with warm water as a tea if you prefer. Turmeric is better absorbed when cooked with or taken with black pepper than taken as supplements, so get in your kitchen!
Echinacea is my #1 defense in the colder months here in the Midwest. Its an immune booster, antibiotic, and particularly good for treating upper respiratory infections, including colds, influenza, sore throats, and tonsillitis. I only wish I'd found this herb sooner! It was just this Fall I started to really gravitate to it after finding this tincture from Monarch Apothecary. Now I use whenever I feel like my immune system is getting a little worn down and carry it with me in my purse!
I hope you'll find some of these tools helpful in warding off a virus or helping clear your cold. Being sick is the perfect time to rest so your immune system can do what it does best!