Build Strong Immunity & Mental and Physical Health Under Corona Lockdown - 6 Inputs from Ministry of Ayush
Created by Narayan Updated on Apr 03, 2020
Over the last few days, Coronavirus infection cases have risen exponentially despite the efforts from all corners and a large population staying indoors. Most of this increase has been dedicated to the casual and even self detrimental attitude of people who got infected and still travelled to multiple places across the country.
Such activities have increased the risk of infection among the public. Keeping in mind the shrinking time until the lockdown is over Ministry of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Suddha, Unani and Homeopathy) has come up with simple activities and list of remedies.
These remedies and activities are directed towards building stronger immunity and improving physical and mental wellbeing during the lockdown period. Staying at home in a confined space for an extended period of time could bear heavily on your mental and physical health. The simple home remedies, yoga and Pranayam will help you stay fighting fit and strong during the lockdown:
Immunity Building Home Remedies
According to the Ministry of Ayush, you should be building your immunity stronger if you want to stay safe from Coronavirus infection. The Ministry has released a slew of suggestions which you can follow from the comfort of your house. These actions and home remedies will help you boost your immunity, stay physically and mentally healthy during the lockdown period and even afterwards.
1. Daily Chyawanprash Dose
Homemade Chyavanprash is the best for this. Take 1 teaspoonful of homemade Chyavanprash and create a hot brew with tulsi, cinnamon, ginger and raisins. Take this twice a day. You can mix few drops of lemon in this if you feel the need. This hot brew will help boost your immunity.
2. Use Coconut or Sesam Oil
Apart from Chyavanprash, you can also use coconut or sesame oil. Take about 1 spoonful of oil and put it in your mouth for 2 - 3 minutes. Don’t swallow the oil, just keep it inside your mouth. Afterwards, spit the oil and gargle with lukewarm water. You can try this once or twice a day, to keep your throat safe from flu and similar infections.
3. Remedy the Cough With This Mix
Ministry of Ayush has also given steps to relieve dry cough. You will need fresh mint leaves and oregano for this. Put these two in two glass of water, and let the steam build-up. Breath in this steam at least once in the day. You can also take clove powder with a spoonful of jaggery or honey if you have a burning sensation in your throat due to dry cough.
Stay Physically & Mentally Strong
Padm-Hastaasan helps in keeping your muscles flexible and relaxed. It also helps digestion and relieves many physical problems like cramps and aches during periods.
You should do this aasan on an empty stomach. Stand straight on your feet and maintain a few inches distance between the feet. Lift both your arms up while breathing in, and lock your fingers together over your head. Try stretching your body up as if your locked palms are pulling you up, so far as you are standing on your toes. Exhale slowly and come back to the relaxed position.
You can repeat this about 10 - 12 times. Tadaasan can be helpful to those having irregular periods. This aasan is also useful in improving digestion and breathing problems. Do not try this aasan if you are pregnant, and consult an expert for the aasans you can do in pregnancy.
3. Daily Pranayam
Pranayam like Kapaalbhanti, Bhramari is very helpful in calming down the mind and keeping anxiety at bay. Practice meditation at least twice a day, for better focus, peace of mind and sleep.
While staying at home for an extended period of time can be stressful for both body and mind, these exercises and Pranayam can help you maintain a balance. Apart from this, do maintain hand hygiene and continue to practice social distancing.