I was on the lookout for some method to reduce the effect of corona virus which has affected the whole world now.
Nowadays people have taken a liking to readymade, frozen, processed, baked foods. But animals seldom get such variety. So everyone must wonder how the animals fare better than us health wise.
Animals consume naturally available food. Herbivores feed on leaves, fruits, pond water available in the forest. Carnivores feed on the other animals in the forest.
But human beings consume whatever they grow and meat of animals which they take care, filtered water and chemically processed foods.
Animals dwell in the forest and get sufficient air and sunlight. But human beings shelter themselves in buildings which do not enable natural sunlight or air. Only farmers could experience natural sunlight.
The significant difference between animals and us lies in the fact that animals live in maximum sunny conditions. The important question is how many hours do we stay under the sun? Sunlight could be thought of as a kind of food, as important as the food we consume through our mouths. It is not enough to just consume healthy food. For constituting a wholesome diet, along with healthy food natural air and sunlight are also required.
I would give foremost importance to Air, light and water and only then the food we eat when it comes to food matters. When healthy food is not supported by good air, light and water it turns unfruitful. The immunity power decreases due to this.
Most viruses thrive during winters, the reason being less sunlight. The effect of the viruses is considerably reduced during summers. For instance, people who work under the sun hardly get ailments related to cold.
Spanish flu was a pandemic situation in Spain during 1920.It was said that for people who rested under the sun, the intensity of flu reduced.Immuntiy increases due to sunlight. Any ailment related to cold and mucus formation should be treated along with sunlight ensuring a speedy recovery. I would advise consumption of enough sunlight based on each one’s tolerability along with medicines to patients suffering from Corona virus. This will increase body immunity or resistance power and reduce the intensity of infection.
Lastly, I would like to say that instead of opting for various foods to increase our health quotient, we must rather rely on natural foods, sunlight and water .We must ensure that we work or sweat for at least half an hour to 1 hour under the sun.
The gist of this is that for any viral infection causing breathlessness, sunlight is as important as the intake of medicines. Doctors must advise the patients to rest or try at least some minimum activity under the sun to build resistance power.
It is a profusely branching climber plant which is predominantly bitter in taste. The leaves of this plant are useful in treatment of fever due to chills or related issues. My son used to experience cold fever often and I would serve him with a decoction prepared out of these leaves. The fever would reduce immediately with other tablets but would return back with thick mucus. This decoction is a mucus thinner thus reduces cough and helps fever to subside. I advise everyone to grow this plant in their houses as I feel it is ubiquitous.
Method of preparation
Add 10 leaves of this plant along with 2 spoons of coriander seeds in half litre of water and boil for 10 minutes in low flame. Once the water turns green, switch off the flame and add 2 spoons of jaggery. Consume a quarter glass of this decoction once every 2.5 hours if it’s a low intensity fever and half glass every 4 hours if it’s a high intensity fever.
Boil one handful of coriander seeds in 1 litre of water .Consume this whenever thirsty to ward off any fever. Consume this drink consecutively for 3-4 days during the morning and night.
Proper sleep is very important. Regular water or coriander water consumption is important. At least 1 hour should be spent under the sun. Most important is to remain happy and peaceful without fearing.
Bathe in water infused with turmeric and salt. Try to use ginger, turmeric root, pepper in daily food consumption. For instance Ginger Chutney, Turmeric Chutney or sauce, salad must be accompanied with curries.
Fenugreek’s characteristic could be described by way of a Kannada proverb which says “Bitter to the lips, Sweet to the abdomen”. Barring pregnant women and infants, everyone can consume Fenugreek seeds and reap its benefits. But the quantity of consumption must be restricted to a very small amount unlike other legumes.
Fenugreek is a source of various minerals including iron and magnesium. Since it controls the blood sugar levels, it is helpful for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetic conditions. People with such underlying conditions can use Fenugreek in many ways .
When consumed along with food, Fenugreek’s pleasantly bitter taste and sweet aroma blend together to impart delicious taste to the food. Here I will elucidate the tasty ways in which Fenugreek can be used despite the fact that Diabetics cannot drink juices or consume sweets like other people.
Soak 4 spoons of Fenugreek seeds in some water. Grind this along with 2 cardamoms.
Add 2 spoons of jaggery, half glass of milk or coconut milk. Add water if required.
If thick consistency is required, increase the amount of fenugreek by 2 more spoons and add water little by little when grinding.
Add either jaggery or a pinch of salt and consume 1 glass of this drink once in the morning and evening. This can be consumed by everyone including diabetics.
People with known allergies should consume half glass of this drink.
Fenugreek spice mix powder
Roast half cup fenugreek seeds, half cup split back gram, half cup green gram, one cup Bengal gram,1 cup sesame seeds, half cup cumin seeds,4 spoons pepper,1 spoon carom seeds separately and one spoon black salt .grind all the roasted ingredients into a powder.
Other grains could be added too by increasing the quantity of fenugreek.
This mix will remain fresh for a month when stored in an air tight container. Consume 1 spoon of this powder daily as an accompaniment with rice along with some ghee.
This is healthy for diabetics and others could consume this mix too.
Soak half spoon of fenugreek seeds in a glass of water overnight. Swallow the soaked seeds and drink the soaked water on empty stomach.
This is helpful for diabetics and people who experience knee pain.
Soak 1 cup of rice or any other cereal grain along with one spoon of fenugreek in water for 3 hours.
Grind it into a batter and let it ferment overnight. Add salt or jaggery to the batter and prepare tasty crisp pancakes the next morning.
Pancakes and Rotis could be prepared using fenugreek leaves too.
Fenugreek Idly/Savoury Cake
This is a very tasty breakfast recipe.
Soak half cup of fenugreek in water for 2 hours and grind it into a fine batter.
Add 1 cup of rice semolina and salt and jaggery to taste.
Chop cashews, almonds and peanuts into small pieces and add it to this batter. Steam tasty, fragrant and healthy cakes out of this batter.
Soak 1 cup of rice along with half cup of fenugreek in water for 3 hours. Add salt and jaggery to taste. Grind it into a pancake batter consistency. Some grated coconut could be added while grinding too.
Add one spoon sesame seeds.
Heat oil in a pan. Deep fry small discs out of this batter until they turn golden brown and consume when hot. This turns out very tasty. The excess oil could be removed using a tissue.
Roast 1 part cumin seeds, (3 spoons)
2 parts mustard seeds, ( 6 spoons)
4 cloves, 2 spoons carom seeds 2 spoon pepper and grind it into a powder.
Add half cup salt one cup of Chilli powder.and mix all this powder with 2 cups of cut raw mango pieces.
Heat oil in a pan and roast half part of fenugreek until aromatic and dark brown.
Allow it to cool down and add it to the mango mixture. Store it in an airtight container and allow the fenugreek, salt, spices and oil flavours to blend for 4 days.
Peppermint is a small plant filled with tiny leaves known for its distinct pleasant aroma. It improves digestion, removes bad breath. Peppermint oil is helpful in reducing migraine related headaches. Peppermint water clears nasal block and it eases period pains in women.
A handful of mint leaves,2 spoons of cumin seeds,1 spoon of pepper,1 cup of grated coconut or coconut milk, buttermilk or lemon juice.
Method of preparation
Grind mint leaves, cumin seeds, pepper, and grated coconut and add 1 glass of buttermilk or juice of half a lemon .Add salt or jaggery to taste. Skip buttermilk and add only lemon juice if it wants to be consumed hot.
Just boil 8 peppermint leaves in 1 glass of water to prepare peppermint tea. Add ginger if required.
Drink this tea daily to reduce cold.
Peppermint leaves are used in various recipes like curries, chant ey. salads, sauces and even those with non-vegetarian items. Peppermint leaves have abundant iron in them and thus maintain effective body heat.
Grind half a handful of mint leaves, 2 cloves, 1 garlic, 8-10 peppercorns, 2 tomatoes and boil this puree. Add half a spoon of coconut oil or ghee and consume this soup before food for health benefits. This recipe yields 4 cups of soup.
We would find Spice box/Masala Box in every household in India. It is a spherical container with small cups for each of the spices. We should fill one box with coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, sesame seeds, split black gram, asafoetida, and turmeric. We should fill another with cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, fennel seeds, poppy seeds, turmeric and asafoetida.
The ingredients in the spice box are used regularly while cooking in Indian households. The spice box is considered a medicinal booth. It ensures balance in bodily health disturbances. Every ingredient in the spice box holds medicinal values and is used while preparing curries. It eases the process of cooking when all the ingredients required are organised at one place.
Ginger is a root vegetable as it grows underground. Ginger is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicinal preparations.
It increases appetite by easing the digestion process. Ginger is helpful for conditions like cold, fever, indigestion, worms in the stomach.
It is good to use Ginger regularly in cooking. Ginger decoction eases body ache if consumed consecutively for 15 days. Ginger, when taken along with cumin seeds decreases stomach gas pains. Ginger must be used for relief from viral infections.
Crush or powder 4 inches Ginger, 10 leaves of holy basil,
1 bunch of cilantro,
1 spoon of pepper,
1 spoon of cumin seeds
and boil in a litre of water. Add jaggery and lemon juice to taste. Consume one glass of this drink. It is helpful for cold, bodyache and mild fever.
Method Two —Grind 5 inches Ginger,2 spoons of cumin seeds,1 spoon of pepper,1 cup of grated coconut,1 cup of buttermilk,4 spoons of lemon juice, some cilantro and salt to taste. This recipe yields 4 glasses after adding some amount of water.
It’s very tasty and can be consumed along with meals. It serves as an accompaniment with rice
Turmeric can be called the queen of colors, the uses of it are omnipresent, The Colour, Fragrance, everything is beautiful about it Turmeric especially Raw Turmeric is more beautiful in its color.
Raw Turmeric root paste when applied to skin makes your skin glow, by crushing a small piece of raw Turmeric and drinking with hot water is good for health and allergies, and fever.
Turmeric is used in the preparation of Soap, Face creams, Ayurvedic medicines, it is also very good to running nose, taking turmeric steam or drinking Turmeric water is advisable, it’s also good for diabetic people.
In India women apply turmeric on their faces and forehead after morning bath every day, its applied-on temple doors within the houses is mixed with Kumkum powder and is also used in Rangoli daily. Turmeric is used in every pooja and offerings to the god, Turmeric and Kumkum are a must present items in every pooja, Turmeric is good for skin diseases, it boosts immunity it is also good for people suffering from diabetes, Turmeric is used in cooking sambar and dal daily.
Turmeric is used extensively in Indian weddings, during the wedding ceremony turmeric is applied to both Bride and Groom before and after the wedding. Turmeric is an essential item in curry or sambar related items and its preparations.
While drinking a juice on an empty stomach early in the morning adding Raw turmeric roots of 2 inches along with 6-8 Tulsi leaves, half a spoon of ginger by adding all theses to 1 litre of water and boil it with little jaggery and little lemon juice, Drinking this every day will eradicate long occurring cold, sinus related issues and also other bodily diseases. Adding honey to this juice is also recommendable but when adding honey to Hot water one should be careful of it. There is no compulsion to use ginger daily as ginger increases body heat and its not advisable for people with high body temperatures.
Take 1 cup of cumin seeds (Jeera), 2 pieces of raw turmeric, 1 teaspoon of Pepper, grounded coconut powder, grind it in a mixer and add this mixture to 1 cup of buttermilk or lemon juice, add a proportionate amount of salt, 1 teaspoon of Jaggery and make it 4 cups once done juice is ready to consume.
To make Turmeric chutney (Sauce) take 5 pieces of raw turmeric, 1 cup of grounded coconut, Tamarind half a piece or Lemon juice, to make it spicy add 5-6 piece of Red or Green chilies and grind it and add 1 teaspoon of salt and Turmeric chutney is ready, You can savor this with Rotis or other dishes.
Brahmi is a perennial creeping herb. It needs well irrigated or wetlands to grow. In India, the Brahmi leaf has been used since ages for its medicinal properties. Daily consumption of this leaf is beneficial to children and pregnant women.
Brahmi juice generally has a cooling property and is used to enhance memory, strengthen brain functions, reduce anxiety and stress, control cough and to enhance skin complexion. My mother used to recommend 5 Brahmi leaves along with 1 peppercorn a day. Brahmi juice is especially beneficial for people with Diabetes, Blood pressure and Alzheimer’s.
The ingredients required are:
A handful of Brahmi leaves along with its creeper and roots
Cumin seeds-1 spoon
Coconut water or grated coconut
Buttermilk or Lemon juice
Salt as per taste
Method of preparation
Chop the Brahmi leaves creeper into small pieces and put them in the juicer along with cumin seeds, pepper and half a handful of grated coconut. Strain the juice and add buttermilk or juice of half a lemon. Add jaggery or salt as per taste. This recipe yields three to four glasses of Brahmi juice. It is advisable to consume this juice in the morning and afternoon. People suffering from diabetes should add very little jaggery. The juice is thus ready.
This juice can also be prepared as a hot drink or tea during winters and rainy seasons.
The method of preparation is:
Chop a handful of Brahmi leaves along with its creeper and roots into small pieces and put them in the mixer along with half spoon of pepper, 2 spoons of cumin seeds and grind this mixture. Later boil this mixture in 4 glasses of water. Strain this mixture and add lemon juice, honey or jaggery and the drink is ready. It’s tasty as well.
As a famous proverb goes by saying Even if the physical form is small, fame is big even though a sesame seeds look small in stature it’s the power it has is too useful. Sesame is good for Diabetes, heart problems, Sinus, Eating 3 teaspoons or 30grams of Sesame daily reduces bad cholesterol in the body as it is rich in Fiber, Protein content present in sesame is known for lower blood pressure level as it boosts immunity and also reduces joint pains.
Sesame is rich in Nutrients, such as Selenium, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Vitamin B6, which is good for Thyroid and reduces problems during menopause in women.
Few people are known to be allergic to Sesame seeds, they may experience symptoms such as Headache, difficulty in breathing, and Hives (Skin rashes) in case if you experience such symptoms please avoid consuming Sesame seeds.
1 Cup of Sesame seeds, 2 to 4 Cardamom cloves, Hint of coconut or 1 Glass of Coconut milk. It is not mandatory to add coconut milk you can add Jaggery as well, One cup or 4 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice.
Procedure to make it
Soak Sesame seeds for one hour in the water, add Cardamom and mix it in a juicer or in a mixer grinder to this mixture add Jaggery and water accordingly to match the taste and you can make 2 glasses of juices, You can add coconut milk or normal milk if required. Sesame Juice is good for your body and soul.