Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: February 27, 2024

The arrival of winter is often accompanied by constant sniffling and coughing. While we may not typically associate winter with good health, Ayurveda does. According to this ancient science, the winter season is ideal for enhancing our well-being.

In Ayurveda, “Bala” refers to immunity, and it is closely linked to digestion. When our digestion is strong and our appetite is good, our overall health improves. Conversely, anything that weakens digestion also weakens our immunity.

As winter sets in and temperatures drop, many people experience various health issues such as colds, coughs, and flu. These problems are often a result of a weakened immune system due to aggravated Vata and Kapha doshas in the body.

Who wouldn’t want a robust immune system? After all, it is the key to excellent health. According to Ayurveda, “Sahaj”, the innate level of immunity we are born with, is not constant. It is influenced by the seasons and our age.

Yuktikrit Bala” refers to physical and mental strength, which depends on our diet and exercise. By adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle, we can strengthen our immunity. We have discovered some powerful herbs that you can incorporate into your daily diet to work their magic!


Shatavari – The Queen of Herbs

Shatavari, known as the queen of herbs, is a natural herb renowned for its medicinal qualities. It is commonly used in ayurvedic formulas and is particularly beneficial for balancing hormone levels in women. However, the roots of Shatavari act as a natural medicine for coughs. 

Mulethi – The Sweet Remedy

Mulethi, also known as licorice, is a classical herbal medicine with numerous health benefits. It has a sweet flavor and can be used to alleviate various ailments such as sore throat, constipation, joint aches, and depigmentation. It is also known for its immune-boosting properties. Mulethi can be consumed in the form of kadha or tonic water. To prepare kadha, boil water with mulethi for 10-15 minutes. For added flavor and benefits, you can add honey, ginger, and tulsi. Mixing mulethi kadha with Ashwagandha powder enhances its flavor.

Turmeric – The Golden Spice

Turmeric, or Curcuma longa, is one of the most well-known and widely used Ayurvedic spices. It is a potent immune booster that supports the body’s healthy response to allergens. Turmeric is used to treat various ailments such as the common cold, dry skin, joint pains, and swelling. There are several ways to include turmeric in your diet during winter. Having turmeric milk every day is a simple and effective method. Another option is to use turmeric-spiced ghee for cooking. Heat ghee, add turmeric powder, and mix it well to prepare spiced ghee. You can then add it to rice, dal, or curry.

Tulsi – The Sacred Herb

Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, is a magical Ayurvedic herb with a range of benefits. It is considered the most sacred plant on earth in the ancient Vedic Puranas. Tulsi is especially useful for building respiratory resistance due to its anti-asthmatic and anti-infective properties. To include Tulsi in your diet during winter, start your day with a refreshing cup of Tulsi green tea or black tea. Adding ginger and honey enhances its health benefits. Chewing a few fresh Tulsi leaves on an empty stomach is another great way to boost your immunity.

Ginger – The Versatile Root

Ginger is widely used in Ayurveda and is considered a medicine in itself. It is known for its digestive aid properties and offers various benefits, including fighting cold and flu and relieving joint pain. Ginger also helps boost immunity and protects against infections. Including ginger in your diet during winter is easy. There is an Ayurvedic sutra (verse) that says that everyone should eat fresh ginger just before lunch and dinner to enhance digestion. The best way to include ginger in your diet is to dip two or three thin slices of ginger in a little salt and lime juice and have them before a main meal.


As the seasons change, so does our body’s strength. A robust immune system is crucial to ward off diseases and reduce the risk of severe symptoms. Each season requires a unique regimen and diet to adapt to the external environment and temperature. Give these remedies a try:

Fig and Milk:

Figs are renowned for their ability to elevate stamina, facilitate weight loss, and enhance metabolism. These enchanting fruits possess unique properties that contribute to keeping the body cool during summer and warm in winter. Our expert, Ananta Ripa Ajmera, has graciously shared a delightful recipe for an Almond Fig Shake: Simply blend 2 cups of almond milk, 2 slightly chopped fresh figs, 2 teaspoons of sugar (adjust to taste), and a pinch of cardamom powder. This indulgent treat can also be prepared with coconut milk if you have a preference. By incorporating this practice into your routine, you can fortify your immunity and promote overall well-being.


Chyawanprash is a potent blend of 20-40 Ayurvedic ingredients and herbs that have exceptional immunity-boosting properties. It not only improves digestion and purifies the blood but also prevents seasonal diseases and enhances memory. Indulge in a teaspoon of chyawanprash after meals and elevate your immunity to new heights.

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