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.