Self Care Routine for Specific Organs

Here are some Self-Care Practices to help us feel bright, youthful, light, energetic, and disease free.

  1. Care for the lungs: Drinking ‘tulsi tea (Occimum sanctum) regularly makes the lungs strong and protects it from the accumulation of Phlegm (the kapha in its waste form). For making Tulsi tea boil 7-8 dried or fresh Tulsi leaves, 5-6 coarsely ground black pepper, and a ½ inch crushed piece of ginger in one glass of water. Boil and reduce to half. Add hot milk or water and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Strain and drink slowly in sips.
    Chewing and then swallowing deseeded 15 dried black grapes, or raisins, soaked overnight in water and taken in morning helps to strengthen the lungs over time. Breathing exercises (Pranayama) is very beneficial to strengthen the lungs and as a self care for lung diseases. A mixture of ½ teaspoon each of ginger powder and roasted cumin seeds and 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar taken with water helps to relieve coughing. Sucking on black pepper along with sugar candy helps to reduce hoarseness of voice due to over use.
  2. Care for the heart: Ayurveda recommends taking one tea spoon of Amla powder or 2 teaspoons of Amla juice (Indian Gooseberry) every day to prevent heart diseases. Eating two cloves of finely chopped garlic in the morning helps to keep rising cholesterol levels in check helping to prevent coronary heart diseases. Ayurveda also recommends Sleeping with your head either in either the south or east direction only.
  3. Care for digestive tract: Crushing 4-5 Basil leaves and swallowing them with water wards off many stomach ailments. Soak 100 gms of fenugreek seeds in 200 ml of lemon juice and keep in the refrigerator. Chew ½ teaspoon of these fenugreek seeds with dinner to take care of indigestion and constipation. Take a stroll after every meal. After a large meal, if you feel uncomfortable, lie on your back for 8 breaths and to your right for 16 breath cycles and to your left side for 32 breath cycles to ensure proper digestion, and passage of accumulated gases.
  4. Care for kidneys: Voiding urine after having a meal every time helps to avoid diseases of the kidney, bladder, prostate enlargement, high uric acid in the blood and kidney stones. To flush the kidneys drink 1 table spoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water every day for one week every 4 to 8 weeks. Keep the body hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids daily in general for proper functions of kidneys. Cut down on extra salt, and use only unprocessed salt.
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