Fennel contains powerful antioxidants such as vitamin C and quercetin which protect the immune system. It can help loosen phlegm and toxins in the throat and nose for elimination which can help with recovery from respiratory conditions.
3. Basil or Tulsi (holy basil) 5-7 leaves
Basil and tulsi come from the mint family and have a very similar appearance. Known as the “Queen of Herbs” tulsi has been considered sacred in India and used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Modern research has revealed that tulsi has anti-bacterial, anti-viral activity and also supports the immune system.
4. Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Curcumin is the active component of turmeric, it is anti-inflammatory and has anti-viral properties.
5. Black pepper
A pinch of this increases the bioavailability of the curcumin so that it can be easily absorbed by the body.
6. Organic maple syrup – sweeten to taste
It is best to avoid heating honey. Most traditional medicine practices around the world (including Ayurveda) agree that heated honey has a negative effect on the body. It is believed that it blocks the “nadi’s” – energy currents which run through the body.