It is hard to believe with the 70 degree projections today that the kids were home with a snow day just twelve days ago. The sun is shining at the moment but it keeps ducking behind the clouds, those that will shower us with rain a little later today. As exciting as the Spring air makes me it does wreak havoc for some people.
My little one for instance. According to Ayurveda, she is Kapha dominant through and through and although we’ve done a great job of keeping most illnesses at bay this year, the early entry of Spring weather has led to a very runny nose and congested cough. As we move from late winter to early spring our bodies naturally expel any extra we have accumulated throughout the winter months into our digestive tract. As a result it can become sluggish, slow and over-burdened causing mucus to accumulate in the stomach and if not addressed in time eventually coming through as a cold symptoms.
Luckily I’ve learned a few things that can help and cut down on how long it lasts. A remedy I picked up while learning Ayurveda is one in which you coat the tongue with necessary spices via raw honey.
Joyful Belly has a great recipe here, which involves mixing the spices into honey and over the course of a 10 minute period or so slowly ingesting it. It calls for 1/8 tsp each of ginger powder, black pepper and turmeric mixed into 1 Tbsp of honey. The spices aid in heating the body, the digestion and circulating the blood while essentially expelling excess fluids. The honey sweetens the mixture while also breaking up the mucus. You could even add some cloves to clear lung tissue if needed.