Diwali crackers contain lethal chemicals that create a poisonous smog hanging in the air for weeks after Diwali. For asthma patients, this smog can be fatal. The chemical in smog gets deposited in the respiratory tract and causes symptoms like breathlessness, wheezing, suffocation and heaviness in the chest. This is caused by accumulation of Kapha Dosha in the body. Here are 3 Ayurvedic remedial tips to keep your lungs healthy.
Lung Toner Ayurvedic Tea
Make a blend of 3-4 tulsi leaves, a little mulethi and pipali and boil it in 2 cups of water until the water is reduced to half. Strain in a cup and add mishri (cane sugar). Sip the tea warm. This will cleanse the lungs and liquefy Kapha.
Ghee in Nostrils
Dip your little finger in liquid ghee and massage each nostril. Sniff deeply allowing the ghee to get inside your nasal passage. You may also lie down and drop 2-3 drops in each nostril. Doing this clears nasal congestion and is helpful in balancing Kapha.
Eucalyptus/Peppermint Oil Steam
In 1 litre of steaming water, add 2-3 drops of Eucalyptus or peppermint oil and inhale the steam. You can repeat this twice a day, morning and evening to keep your respiratory tract clear.
Diet and Lifestyle Tips
- Eating fried and fatty fat increases Kapha dosha. Choose a light and warm meal.
- Include herbs like ginger, clove, cardamom and black pepper in your diet.
- Turmeric and Triphala are also helpful. Add 1 spoon turmeric powder with honey and take on an empty stomach with lukewarm water.
Limit outdoor activities for about a week after Diwali to allow the smog to clear up. If you drive to work, roll up your car windows to keep the polluted air out.