20 Dec Boosting the Immune System
The TARA Staying Healthy through the Seasons Program suggests focusing on the immune system during the winter season of colds and flu, and this is a good time to pay particular attention. However, in view of the environmental challenges we are all facing, an expanded awareness of the ways in which we can support the Immune System at all times is vitally important. According to Ayurveda, the “power of the body” that prevents the development of diseases or resists a developed disease is called “immunity.”
Here are some ways in which you can increase that “power” and support and strengthen your immune system:
- Sleep – It’s the #1 natural way to boost the immune system (read The Importance Of Sleep)
- Moderate Exercise, Yoga and/or Tai Chi (learn more on our Yoga & Movement page)
- Massage or Self Massage (see Self Massage)
- Diet – Choose foods rich in antioxidants such as fruits and green leafy vegetables, asparagus, whole grains; foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids such as fish, flaxseed and krill oil; choose foods for your particular Ayurvedic constitution; avoid simple sugars, processed foods and foods containing pesticides
- Liquids – Drink lots of water, sip warm ginger tea or an Ayurvedic Dosha Balancing Tea throughout the day to strengthen digestion and avoid sodas and energy drinks.
- Herbs & Spices – Incorporate garlic, ginger, turmeric, pepper, cumin and coriander into food preparation and add some immune boosting herbs, such as: Echinacea, Elderberry, Astragalus and Tulsi (an Ayurvedic herb)
- Stress Reduction – Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi and breath exercises will all calm body and mind; enhance these practices by incorporating TARA Stress Relieving or Deep Rest products into your daily routines
Use Aromatherapy Essential Oils
- TARA Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary and Tea Tree Essential Oils will support immune strength by detoxifying, soothing the nervous system and reducing stress
- Add a few drops into your palms and inhale the benefits
- For steam inhalation, add 2 to 3 drops to a basin of hot water, cover your head and basin with a towel and take deep, slow breaths
- Add a few drops of essential oil to your aromatherapy diffuser.