How to have a healthy monsoon

The first showers of monsoon are heartily welcomed by everyone after the scorching heat of summer. But, monsoon reduces our immunity and makes us susceptible to many diseases that are commonly associated with this season. It is time for us to keep our body resistant against diseases by boosting our immunity and taking adequate precautions.

The diseases associated with monsoon are malaria, jaundice, and gastro-intestinal infections like typhoid and cholera. Apart from these, viral infections like cold and cough also make their presence felt.

Puddles of water formed due to rain become breeding grounds for mosquitoes which spread diseases like malaria and dengue fever. As a precautionary measure against diseases caused by mosquito bite, you can use a mosquito net around your bed, which is a better choice compared to mosquito repellants. A mosquito repellant cream is the best choice when you are away from home. Fumigating the house with smoke of dried neem leaves in the evenings for a couple of minutes is an excellent ayurvedic method to keep mosquitoes away.

Pollution of drinking water during monsoon is very common. It is essential to drink clean and pure water. Drinking boiled water at home is strongly recommended. Choose mineral water of certified companies when you are away from home.

Walking in dirty water during the rainy season leads to fungal infections which affect the toes and nails. Diabetics must take special care of their feet. Always keep your feet dry and clean. Avoid walking in dirty water. Keep your shoes, socks and raincoats dry and clean. Drying clothes with fumes of loban and dry neem leaves is recommended in ayurvedic texts.

Precautions have to be taken to prevent dampness and growth of fungus (mold) in and around the house where asthmatic patients live. Avoid fumigation in case of asthmatic patients.

Ayurvedic tips to increase immunity and prevent diseases

1. The digestive system gets weakened due to dehydration in summer. This leads to low digestive power. This is further weakened by vitiation of doshas and dhatus due to monsoon. Hence, following a diet which increases the power of digestion and strengthens the digestive system would be beneficial during the rainy season. Suggested foods:

a. Eat light foods prepared from old barley, rice and wheat.
b. Drink sour and salted soups of vegetables.
c. Drink boiled and cooled water mixed with a little honey.
d. Consume a little wine prepared out of grapes.
e. Add ginger and green gram to your daily diet.
f. Eat warm food.

2. Avoid the following:

  • Sleeping in the day
  • Undue physical exertion
  • Over-exposure to sun.

More tips

  1. Always keep the surroundings dry and clean. Do not allow water to get accumulated around the house.
  2. Keep your body warm as viruses attack when the body temperature goes down.
  3. Do not enter an air-conditioned room with wet hair and damp clothes.
  4. Dry your feet and toe-webs with soft, dry cloth whenever they are wet.
  5. Wash vegetables with clean water and steam them well to kill germs.
  6. Avoid eating uncooked foods and salads.
  7. Drink plenty of water and keep your body well hydrated.
  8. Do not allow kids to play in stagnant polluted water-filled puddles.

Ayurvedic home remedies for monsoon illnesses

  1. Apply castor oil or sesame oil for cracked feet and skin.
  2. A freshly prepared paste of turmeric, neem and sesame seeds is recommended in ayurveda for fungal infection between toes.
  3. Drink a glass of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of honey on an empty stomach. This flushes out accumulated toxins.
  4. Freshly prepared radish juice is the best remedy for cold.
  5. A pinch each of long pepper powder and rock salt mixed in warm water reduces cough

The following home recipes can be used as remedies for digestive disorders of monsoon

FOR DIGESTION

Ingredients:

Rice – 1/2 cup

Water – 4 cups

Long pepper – 2or 3

Ginger – 1 inch

Method of preparation:

1. Cook rice with the recommended quantity of water with crushed ginger and salt.
2. Powder long pepper and fry it in a spoon of cow’s ghee and add to gruel.
3. Consume this when it is hot.
4. This is very light and relieves colic pain.

FOR DIARRHOEA

Ingredients:

Rice  – 1/2 cup

Water – 4 cups

Ginger paste – 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Pomegranate juice – ½ cup

Method of preparation:

1. Cook rice with recommended quantity of water with ginger paste and salt
2. Add pomegranate juice when the gruel is warm.
3. This gruel rehydrates the body and provides energy.
4. It soothes the inflammed walls of the intestine and controls bowel movement.

FOR FLATULENCE

Ingredients:

½ cup of rice

4 cups of water

Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) – powder -1/2 tsp

Roots of pippali or long pepper

Ginger paste -1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Method of preparation:

1. Cook rice, haritaki powder , roots of pippali and water together.
2. Add salt.
3. Consume when warm.
4. This relieves flatulence and regularizes the bowel movement

These precautions coupled with care can really help you enjoy monsoon. Have a healthy and safe monsoon.

Source: www.ayurhelp.com
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