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Ayurveda for Improving Immunity during Covid-19

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Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine, which is in practice from more than 5000 years. It is a holistic system of  medicine which includes mind-body-spirit approach in healing the person. The holistic concepts do not try to fix the body but instead help super-charge the body’s inbuilt healing capacity. In this article we will share simple tips that can help in improving immunity for covid-19P.C unsplash.com.

Owing to its effectiveness and medical significance, now the principles and the concept of Ayurveda are being used in the modern world. It helps treat different kinds of chronic diseases and even at this time when the world is dealing with this unprecedented crisis in the form of Covid-19, Ayurveda can prove to be a boon for mankind.

Ever since the origin of the new strain of Corona virus, we have come to know a lot about it; we now know the symptoms, the complications, yet we have not been successful in finding out an effective treatment to curb its outbreak. We can prevent ourselves from getting infected by simply following simple rules like wearing a mask, practising proper social distancing and following good hand hygiene.

Apart from this, your body’s natural immune system also plays a major role in keeping us safe from this fatal virus.  The best way to boost your immunity is by eating healthy food and following a good lifestyle habit.

Prevention is always better than cure. As there is no medicine or vaccination for  COVID-19 yet, the best thing at the moment is to take preventive measures which boost our immunity.  Ayurveda’s extensive knowledge has always been based on preventive care. Following some home made concoctions or making slight changes to our daily routines and eating habits can help us keep Covid-19 at bay. Sharing below an immunity booster Ayurvedic drink that you can add to your diet for strengthening your natural defence system.

You may like my other article on homeopathy, homeopathy for children  

The Ministry of AYUSH has also recommended the following self-care guidelines as preventive  measures and boosting immunity. These are all supported by Ayurvedic literature and scientific publications.

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Seven Easy Mango Recipes To Try This Season

Mangoes are here and I’m sure we are all having them to our heart’s content.

Every year summer time brings back childhood memories, when we eagerly waited for the mangoes of our Dussheri Mango tree to ripen. Mango is every child’s favorite and just like me now my son loves them too.

While all fruits are great source of essential minerals, vitamins and fibers, Mango is known as the king of all. It may not be the healthiest of fruits owing to the calories, but it is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and A. It is therefore perfect for boosting your immunity especially during current times.

Mango can be relished as it is and if you are bored of mangoes and wondering what to do with the dozens of mangoes you have got, then here are some easy yet, interesting things to make with Mangoes. Try these 7 Simple recipes in 7 days of the week.

  1. Ice cream

Summers are best celebrated with Ice creams and what more when you can make your favorite mango flavored ice cream at home with readily available ingredients – Mango, Milk and sugar.

Take 2 cups of mango chunks, 2 cups of milk (reduce it to half) and add sugar as per your liking. Additionally for flavor you can add vanilla essence or powdered green cardamom.

Blend everything together, freeze for 4-5 hours, take out of the freezer, let it thaw a bit, blend again and refreeze in next  hours your mango ice cream will be ready.

  1. Lassi or smoothie-

Who doesn’t like cool Lassi, be it plain or flavoured. Lassi is one of the most popular summer drink in India and now is enjoyed world over, what better than to combine it with mango.

Here is my smoothie recipe, you can make changes (reduce milk quantity) to it to make Lassi.

Chop 2 ripe medium sized Mangoes. Take 1 cup curd and 1.5 cups milk and Sugar/honey, Jaggery powder to your taste.  You may take green cardamom powder for flavor and chopped dry fruits

Blend all ingredients until you get a smooth paste like consistency. Add chopped dryfruits and serve chilled.

  1. Milkshake

This is the most common and easiest of mango preparations.

All you need is Mango, milk and sugar to taste.

Take 2 large mangoes (peeled and chopped) and 1.5 glass of milk, add sugar to taste. Blend all the ingredients and your Mango shake is ready.

Add crushed dry fruits and green cardamom for enhanced flavor. You could add a scoop of vanilla ice cream too.

  1. Baked yogurt

I absolutely love baked yogurt, I can never have enough of it.

Mango Puree ½ cup, Yogurt/Thick hung curd ½ cup, unsweetened condensed milk  ½ cup, Sugar 2 bsps or to taste and condensed Milk ¼ cupHeat the oven at 350°F

Prepare a Bain-marie (double boiler) for your bowls or dishes.

Mix mango puree and all the ingredients- hung curd, unsweetened condensed milk, sugar, condensed milk and check for sweetness.

Pour the mixture into dessert bowls and keep these bowls in your double boiler, put it in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

Let it cool, refrigerate and serve chilled.

Check Bappa doi OPOS recipe to make similar dish in a pressure cooker.

  1. Aam papad or Mango Fruit leather

Do you love aam papad? Well I do and since childhood. I can gobble one whole pack in one go and so can my child.

I never knew it was as simple as this until I learnt it from a friend’s mom.

All you need is Mangoes, little ghee/oil,  sugar and sunshine.

Blend 4-5 Mangoes into a fine paste, ensure that there are no chunks.

Take a pan and add the mango paste into it, put it on slow flame and keep stirring, gradually add sugar. Let it turn into a thick paste (this will take around 4-5 minutes)

On a plate apply a thin layer of ghee. Pour the mango paste into it spreading evenly. Dab the plate to avoid any bubble formation.

Cover it with a light cloth cover and place it in the sunlight. It will take 2-3 days of good sunlight to get your Aam papad ready.

  1. Mango Sorbet – Here is an easy-peasy recipe for you, if you have children at home they will love you for this, well mine certainly does love me more on days I make his favourite sorbet.

You need water, sugar/honey and of course mangoes.

Chop mangoes lay them in a tray, cover and freeze. Take out after 4-5 hours and blend with little water and honey/sugar. Blend till smooth.

Lay the mango paste in a tray and freeze for another 1 hour. You can add half a lemon and few mint leaves for tangy and refreshing flavor.

  1. Aam Panna with Ripe mangoes- While we cook raw mangoes to make aam panna, this one with ripe mangoes needs no cooking.

What you need-  2 well ripened mangoes, few mint leaves ( 10-15), little chopped coriander, kala namak or table salt ( Himalayan pink salt) gives a different flavour, it also aids digestion, red chilly powder 2 pinch, roasted cumin powder 2-3 pinches, sugar to taste, half a lemon if you prefer it little sweet and sour.

Mix all the ingredients, blend and refrigerate for an hour or two, serve chilled.

Enjoy the mango season till it lasts, experiment with mangoes and let me know your trials, I will try them out too. If you have little ones at home then don’t throw the seed as you can try this activity here.

 

 

 

 

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3 Easy 15 minutes Activities for Kids

We are all confined indoors with our kids and I am sure like me you too are running out of activities to do with them. In this and subsequent posts I am going to share easy craft activities for kids, please share what you are doing so that we can try them too.

  1. Miniature Notebook from Scrap paper– you will need  6-8 one side printed A4 sheets, ribbon,  cardboard (optional if using a thin paper for front and back cover) or a handmade paper, glue in case using cardboard, scissors and a punching machine.

  • Cut the A4 Sheets into four equal parts. Cut the outer covers as per the size of the inside pages.
  • Punch equidistant holes on top, tie it with the ribbon, decorate as you please.

  1. Photo Frame Fridge magnet– You will need a cardboard, fancy paper, magnet, glue, felt in contrast colors or you could use dried leaves.

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Three Moms who are Making a Difference

 

Three Moms who are Making a Difference 

Motherhood changes our outlook on life, here are three moms who changed the course of their life not only for their own children but for all the ones to come in future.

Mansi Modi, Kindermum Cloth diapers

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Home Decor, Lifestyle and health, Uncategorized

Easy Upcycling and Decor Ideas

Repurposing and Upcycling can save you money and we all know the joy it brings.

I have loved creating stuff out of waste from early on in life.  I used to think of ways to put old, abandoned stuff to use.

When we reuse things, we help a wee bit by not having the stuff dumped into the landfill.

This Native American Proverb “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children,” sums our environment threatening lifestyle and how we must not take our planet for granted.

Using old clothes: Old clothes can be reused/repurposed or upcycled in multiple ways. I often keep old bed sheets, curtains, etc. to be turned into cloth bags. For past 3 years, on my son’s birthday I get these cloth bags made locally and give return gifts in them.

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