The Indian system of medicine looks at the body and mind as one integrated entity. Infact, person and his environment, both are equally important as constant interaction happens between the two. Ayurveda is the Knowledge of Life. While most modern medicine treats the symptoms and that too on a specific part of the body, Ayurveda looks at us as a holistic and dynamic system which goes through cycles in tune with nature. Balanced Doshas are the key to healthy life. The Doshas are formed from the five fundamental elements Prithvi (Earth), Vayu (Wind), Akasha (Space), Tejas (Fire), Apa (Water). Hence many of the remedies from the Indian tradition operate at a very fundamental level.
The mixture of turmeric and honey, called “Golden Honey” is one of the strongest natural antibiotics used in the science of Ayurveda.
Take 1 tablespoon of organic honey and heat it very mildly, on low flame (do NOT heat strongly!). The honey should be just warm
Take 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a bowl and slowly add in the warm honey, stirring until all the turmeric is dissolved and you have a golden paste.
Put this mixture into your mouth, and allow the mixture to remain in the mouth as long as possible,while drinking it very slowly.
Consume 3 times a day, everyday, until cough or throat problems disappear.
An external treatment for throat pain and throat infections:
In a bowl,add 2 teaspoons of sunnambu(slaked lime).
Preparing Moringa Leaf Essence
Gather a fistful of fresh Drumstick leaves,from the Drumstick tree
Wash the leaves in fresh water.
Bring a cup of water to a boil.
Add the leaves to the water and let it boil for a few minutes.
Remove from flame and let it simmer for a few minutes.
The Moringa leaf essence is ready.
Add Moringa(Drumstick) leaf essence and honey to it, and mix with your finger,to flatten any lumps,till it forms a paste. You will feel the paste becoming hot.
Now,while it is hot,apply this mixture over your throat externally, and wait till it is dry,before washing it off.
The paste cannot be stored. Prepare it when you need and use it once daily,for relief from throat infection.
When symptoms of cough appear,chew a mouthful of aval(Flattened rice) along with 2 peppercorns. .
Keep chewing for as long as possible and swallow it very slowly.
Repeat this 3 times a day.
How to grow Turmeric
Turmeric is one of the oldest known spices in the world, and has extensive medicinal uses in Ayurveda. Turmeric grows well in well-drained loamy soils having acidic to slightly alkaline pH.
Turmeric is grown from rhizomes. Break a larger rhizome into smaller rhizomes with 2–3 buds each.
Plant the rhizomes 2 inches below the surface of the soil, with the buds facing up.
Water everyday, and keep the soil moist, but not soggy.
Edible turmeric rhizomes can be harvested in 8–10 months. When the rhizomes are large enough, dig up all the rhizomes.
Boil the roots for 45 minutes.
Dry the roots for a week.
Peel the dried roots and grind to a powder
How to grow Moringa (Drumstick)
Drumstick can be easily propagated by stem cuttings. The Drumstick plant grows best in well-drained loamy soils with slightly acidic pH. However,it can thrive even in poor soils,with minimal water requirements. It can survive in drought conditions as well.
Dig a hole 3 ft x 3 ft and 3 ft deep.
Place the cutting in this hole and fill with a mixture of soil, sand and composted manure. Pack firmly around base of the cutting. Form a slight dome or cone shape, sloping down away from the cutting. It is desirable that water not touch the stem of the new tree.
Water generously, but do not drown the cutting in water.
In India, the custom is to put some cow dung on top of the open end of the cutting. This is an excellent way to protect the cutting from pests.