Natural immunity to fight H1N1 virus

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Swine flu is causing worry and fear among many people. One can take some preventive steps to keep this H1N1 virus at bay. There are some natural herbs which can surely boost your immunity system. Keep your body well nourished and build a strong immune system with colorful vegetables, fruits rich in vitamins especially vitamin C and consuming whole grain so that it can fight against the flu .Never underestimate simple prevention methods. Also one should not fear as fear itself will weaken ones immune system. If you feed your brains with negative thought it will attract negativity.
Children and elderly people need to be taken care as they have less immunity. So avoid going to crowded places. Remember SARS during 2003 which was also a respiratory syndrome, it came and vanished. People will develop immunity to this one too. All we have to do is take preventive measure and build a flu resisting immunity system. These days there is a big demand for masks and just look at some selfish people who sell this 1 Rs Mask for 20 Rs. On a lighter note let me share a comment made by someone in one of the discussion forum i was reading, “Only a few people are infected by Swine flu and everyone is wearing a mask, but there are millions of people infected by AIDS and no one cares to wear a condom”. How true!

So let’s build a natural immunity with the following drinks and soups. Check out the Herbal tea and Moringa Soup, herbs which help fight H1N1


Herbal Tea

Ingredients



  • 7-8 tulsi (basil) leaves
  • 2 cup Water
  • 1 inch piece of ginger (grated and crushed)
  • 1 inch stick of cinnamon
  • 3-4 cloves
  • ¼ tsp fennel seed
  • 1/4 tsp anise seed
  • ¼ tsp pepper ground

Method:


Boil till the water reduces to 1 cup.
Sieve this and to this add 1 tsp of honey (or molasses/jaggery).
Have it twice a day


You can also try this simple domestic therapy.



  • 30 leaves of Tulsi (Basil)
  • 30 leaves of Bela/bilva (Ball tree, Bengal Quince, Golden Apple)
  • 10 nos. of Black Pepper (Kali Mirch/Miri)
  • 4 liters of Water
Boil for half an hour.
You can have it throughout the day till you attain normal temperature

  • Do surya namaskaar and pranayamas like anuloma viloma, and bhramari, Avoid Kapaalbhati and Bhastrika if suffering from cold.
  • Do meditation or om chanting in the open, facing the sun early morning
  • Gargle twice a day with warm salt water. A simple gargling is said to prevent proliferation.
  • You can use Eucalyptus oil drops on handkerchiefs and mask as one preventive measure
  • Avoid less sugar, less refined food.
  • Reduce garlic and onion intake
  • Consume more food with omega 3
  • Consume vitamin rich vegetables and fruits
  • Drink lots of warm liquid, if possible drink tender coconut water .Coconut water is the very stuff of Nature, biologically pure, full of Natural Sugars, Salts, and Vitamins to ward off fatigue... and is the next wave of energy drinks, very natural.
Another wonderful plant is Moringa Oleifera called the Miracle Tree. Its also called the Drumstick tree, moringakkai, shigru or Malunggay.A tree rich in nutrient enrich anemic blood as it contains iron, rebuild weak bone as it has calcium and even enable a malnourished mother to nurse her starving baby, it can treat diabetes and control high blood pressure



  • Moringa has 7 times the vitamins found in oranges and strengthens our immune system and help fight against cold and flu
  • Moringa has 4 times the calcium found in milk which builds strong bones and teeth. It helps prevent osteoporosis.
  • Moringa has 4 times Vitamin A found in carrots which is good for eyes, skin and heart
  • Moringa has 3 times the potassium found in bananas which is good for brain and nerves
  • Moringa has .75 times the iron found in spinach and good for hemoglobin


Moringa/Murungakai chicken soup


Ingredients


  • 1 cup Murungakai leaves, rinsed
  • 1 cup shredded white corn (you can powder it to fine texture)
  • 1 cup chicken breast diced
  • 1 piece minced/crushed garlic
  • 1 small piece minced/crushed onion/Shallot (2-3piece)
  • 1 piece minced/crushed ginger
  • 1 tsp oil
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Preparation


Saute the mince garlic, onion and ginger in oil
To this add the chicken breast till half cook.
Now Add the powdered corn to it and then pour water
Let it boil till the corn is cook.
Now when the texture will be a bit thick,season it with salt and pepper.
To this add the Moringa/Murungakai leaves
Cook in low flame for about 5-10 minutes then turn off.

Moringa with mashed potato


Ingredients


  • 1/2 cup Moringa leaves rinses and blanched in boiling water
  • 2 cups potatoes boiled and mashed
  • 1/4 cup butter preferably melted
  • 1/4 cup fresh milk heated
  • salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Preparation


Rinse, blanche the moringa leaves in boiling water.
Squeeze the excess water away.
Now mince it.
Mix all the remaining ingredients together.
Season with a little salt and pepper.


Most of the Indian curry’s have spices included in them and many of us are grown drinking herbal, Ginger and Masala spiced tea. So we might have built a good immune system by now :). Note that Tamiflu which is a preventive medicine for bird flu is synthesized from shikimic acid which is a sourced from anise seed which is effective against cold, influenza, cough, sinus, bronchitis, digestion problem and good for your eyes too. The commonly found tulsi has anti-viral and anti bacterial properties. Go through the benefits of tulsi here

Also you can read about the Symptoms, Precaution and treatment here.