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Ayurveda has a few recommendations for how to keep ourselves healthy when it comes to the ear, nose and throat.  To clear mucus from the throat, mix a pinch of turmeric and a pinch of salt in a cup of warm water and gargle.  To soothe a sore throat, chew licorice root, or lick a spoon of honey.  For a dry throat, especially good when you have a lot of speaking to do, suck on some cardamom seeds.  For the ears, apply a small amount of sesame oil around the opening of the ear canal with your little finger.  This helps to keep Vata in balance and reduces tension in the jaw.  Massaging the ears with warm sesame oil benefits the whole body.  With the nose, it is also beneficial to apply a little warm sesame oil around the inside of each nostril every morning.  This helps us to have a keen sense of smell and calms the mind by keeping Vata in balance.  When the sinuses are congested or dry, we can do “nasya” or rinse the nostrils with warm salt water. 

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