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Recipes for Immunity in Corona times...

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

Viral diseases aren't treatable with antibiotics or any other usual medicines. Recovering from a viral illness depends exclusively on our immunity, that is our own ability to fight the disease itself and those associated with it. In Ayurveda, Immunity is called Ojas. The essence or nectar of life.

Here are some natural ways to combat viral infections targeting the respiratory system & removing toxins responsible for the obstruction of breathing pathways. The Corona virus being one of them, you can use these remedies every time you experience flu-like symptoms.

Blackened coconut

You need: Whole fresh coconut

  •   Break open the coconut and cut out the white flesh with the brown skin

  •   Cut the flesh and brown skin into half an inch slices

  •   Insert a fork or a skewer into the piece of coconut and hold it over an open flame to blacken some of the white flesh and the brown skin

  •   You will hear a spitting sound

Eat one-inch piece of this blackened coconut 3 times a day. Make sure to chew well for 5-10 minutes before swallowing. Store in airtight container. Keeps for a few days / week.

Coriander water (cold infusion)

You need:  Whole coriander seeds (3 teaspoons) -  Room temperature water

  •   Crush 3 teaspoons of whole coriander seeds in a mortar and pestal or in a coffee grinder. The seeds only need to be broken open. Do not grind to a powder.

  •   Soak the seeds in a 200ml glass of water overnight.

  •   In the morning strain the seeds and drink the water.

  •   Wait a few minutes before taking any food / drink or supplements

Preventive – one glass 3 times a week - first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach)

When the disease is already developed: 2 large glasses/ day. the first one in the morning on an empty stomach, the second one in the evening. Crushed coriander seeds can be made in larger batch and stored in airtight container for a few weeks. Keep in a cool, dark place.

Coriander water is detoxifying and extremely cooling. Do not make a habit of drinking this Cold coriander infusion like a regular tea.

Coriander ginger tea (hot infusion)

You need: 3 teaspoons whole coriander seeds -  2-3 cups water - 3-4 slices of ginger Dosage: 1 cup x 1 or 2 times daily before or after meal Must be made freshly each day Do not reheat in microwave. Can be reheated on the stove

Ginger Lime and Honey

You need: 100g fresh ginger  6 limes

 6 tspns honey

3 tspns brown sugar

200ml water

 Cut, peel and blend ginger in blender with half a cup of water or peel and grate the ginger by hand

  •   Squeeze out the ginger juice from the pulp

  •   Mix ginger juice with the juice of 6 limes, 6 teaspoons of honey and 3 teaspoons of brown sugar and up to 100ml water

Dosage: Mix 1 tablespoon of GLH mixture with half a cup of hot water and take as a small drink Take after meals only – up to 2-times a day if you are experiencing symptoms of cough / cold / flu Mixture can be made in larger batch kept for up to 2 weeks if sealed and refrigerated.

General Diet

In times where you experience symptoms, try to limit dairy products, sugars (except in their natural form: honey, beans, rice for example) and fried or excessively fatty foods as well as spicy foods. Keep a light diet of veggies and rice in times of flare-ups to help clear up the digestive system of toxins. Privilege alkaline foods which won't increase the acidity in your body (or your body Ph).

For Diabetic patients, make sure to cook all the vegs, do not eat them fresh.

Acidic Foods and spicy foods to remove entirely from your diet:

  • Tomatoes, yellow lemon (all citrus fruits except lime- Lemons are very acidic but become alkaline after being digested - yet they are irritating to the digestive process and are not to be consumed in this specific case)

  • Meats & fish

  • Dairy products are to be avoided in general. That includes cheeses (you can have a bit of fresh goat cheese), Yogurts (replace by almond yogurt with a bit of brown sugar), cow milk in teas, milk in general (replace by almond milk)

  • All pickled foods and fermented foods, bananas & all tropical fruits (except for papaya).

  • Avoid coconut water if not fresh, all alcohols, vinegar (except apple cider vinegar in small quantities). Avoid coffee, black & green teas, rooibos (instead have a camomille herbal tea or better Tulsi which is also an antimicrobial, anti-viral, helps with asthma and all cough and colds

  • Mustard, black pepper and other spicy foods.

  • Chocolate, canned/processed foods and ready to eat products as well as fried foods which produce an acid environment.

Favor foods and meals which are easy to digest and light: this means cooked foods is preferable in general: basmati rice (long grain), cooked green veg (kale, broccoli for example). A diet made up of 80% fresh vegetable, whole grains, legumes, millets, seeds, nuts and fruits and cooked foods & beans will help put the body into an alkaline environment.


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