Ashwagandha and Tulsi (also known as holy basil) are two popular herbs in Ayurveda, a traditional system of medicine in India. Both herbs have been traditionally used for their potential health benefits, including boosting immunity.
Monsoon may be a welcome break from the summer heat, but it also brings with it a slew of diseases, most notably typhoid, cholera, and flu. Our immunity is weakened during this time of year. According to Ayurveda, the change of seasons affects our body’s energy and weakens the immune and digestive systems. Dr Mrunal Gole, an Ayurvedic consultant at Birla Ayurveda, explains that foods and beverages that are high in nutrients should be a regular part of your diet if you want to stay healthy throughout this time of year. Here are some potential benefits of having Ashwagandha and Tulsi for monsoon immunity:
बल्या रसायनी तिक्त कषायोष्णा अतिशुक्रला।
Ashwagandha is useful in diseases like Anil (Vata), Mucus (Kapha) as well as Swittra (a type of skin disease), Sotha (swelling), and Tuberculosis (diseases like TB). Also, its Tikt (bitter), Kashaya (astringent) and hot qualities are strengthening, chemical (useful in daily life) and increase Venus metal in the body.
Immune-Boosting Properties: According to research, ashwagandha has immunomodulatory actions, which means it can boost and regulate the immune system.
Antioxidant Activity: Ashwagandha contains antioxidants that can help neutralize harmful free radicals and protect cells from oxidative damage, which can support immune health.
Adaptogenic Effects: Ashwagandha is considered an adaptogen, which means it may help the body adapt to stress and promote overall well-being. Reducing stress levels can indirectly support a healthy immune system.
Tulsi (Holy Basil)
तुलसी लघुष्णा च रुक्षा कफविनाशिनी ।
कृमिदोषं निहन्त्येषा व रूजिकृद ह्यिदीपनी ।
Tulsa is Lagu (mild), hot, Ruksha and reduces kapha dosha in the body. It also removes worms (diseases like infection), increases digestive fire and creates an appetite for food.
Immunomodulatory Effects: Tulsi is known for its immunomodulatory properties, which may help enhance immune function and improve the body’s resistance to infections.
Antimicrobial Activity: Tulsi possesses antimicrobial properties, including antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal effects, which can help protect against various pathogens commonly encountered during the monsoon season.
Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Effects: The presence of antioxidants in tulsi can help combat oxidative stress and inflammation, supporting a strong immune system.
How To Consume:
- Dr Mrunal suggests that it’s best to take Ashwagandha churna mixed with milk on an empty stomach. Your nervous system can be calmed by combining milk and ashwagandha powder, especially after a hard day.
- Kshir Pak (Medicated Milk): Take 1 tablespoon + 1 cup milk + 2 cups water and boil until you see milk-like consistency. Consume this concoction daily.
- For the elderly: Roast Ashwagandha Churna in ghee and mix it with warm milk and consume.
- For anxiety and insomnia: Mix Ashwagandha Churna with warm milk and ghee and drink it at night daily.
- Fresh Tulsi juice works like magic to treat eye conditions like sore eyes and night blindness, which are typically brought on by vitamin A deficiency, explains Dr Mrunal.
- Additionally, it is advised to take two to three fresh Tulsi leaves in the morning on an empty stomach.
Through the monsoon season, you may strengthen your immune system and keep yourself healthy by including these herbs in your daily routine, whether through specific preparations or as a tea. The benefits of having Ashwagandha and Tulsi for monsoon immunity are abundant and would get you going for this monsoon.