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COVID-19: Improve your Immunity with Jungle Tea, Aloe Vera and Lime during the Corona virus Pandemic

Dr. Lakshmi Unnithan
Dr. Lakshmi Unnithan

Methods of Proper washing, maintaining good nutrition, managing panic attacks, meditating and being active at home are all tips to follow during the time of pandemic situations like we have never ever come across in. Is there a possibility that in the period of Corona Virus down lockdown, the urban lot will start hoarding junk foods like Biscuits, Pasta and Maggi and will fall in trouble later? This is the time to raise your immunity levels, eat home-cooked whole foods like Whole Grains and Pulses and Vegetables. I hope all of you have stocked up for 15 days at least. Kindly don’t hoard the Government is working out ways to deliver foods of your choice. Yes, it is high time we raise our Immunity and stopped eating junk? 

A 2016 report by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) shows a worrying trend –disease burden due to unhealthy diet, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and overweight has increased from 10 percent to 25 percent since 1990. Type 2 diabetes and Obesity has assumed epidemic proportions worldwide. India has the largest number of diabetics in the world and obesity is also on the rise, particularly affecting the younger population. The rising prevalence of obesity particularly among Urban Women leads to a greater prevalence of type 2 diabetes. At 53 deaths per 1,00,000 population, Tamil Nadu had the highest death rate from diabetes among Indian states, followed by Punjab (44) and Karnataka (42), all significantly higher than the national average (23). 

It is very interesting as you flip through the Facebook posts and see friends like Sameer Adhikari and Piyush Manush spreading positivity and giving tips to their followers on how to eat well and increase the immunity system in the body. 

Sameer Adhikari is a Friend, Farmer and Sustainable Practioner. He writes in his Facebook post about a superb Immunity Booster tea. It is quite interesting to learn that the simple leaves from the trees around us are so ignored, it’s high time you took them seriously and put them into use. Pass the information to your loved ones too and your younger generations. With all the spike in Infection and epidemics around the world, it is s so importantly to keep the levels of your immunity always high. The Immunity tea which he mentions has leaves of Basil, Mango, Lemongrass, Guava, Jamun, Adulsa, Jamaican Spike, Aloe Vera, Shankhpushpi flower, Giloy, Hibiscus flower, Lemon, Paanfuti, Ginger and Paan. He goes on to explain to boil all these leaves and flowers and add jaggery as per requirement and the immunity-boosting jungle Tea is ready. All the above are well-known leaves of trees that have powerful antioxidant capacity. 

Below details are reviewed from different literature published and do not have proper validation but we can summarise the benefits of the above said leaves to be largely that can provide vitamins, minerals, and a range of antioxidants. The mango, guava, Jamun leaves that have essential oil may also have medicinal benefits. The fresh leaves of the Jamaican spike have a “cooling” tonic and blood cleanser effect. Shankhpushpi is a potent memory booster and brain tonic that actively works to improve the intelligence and functioning of the brain. Giloy plant is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used and advocated in Indian medicine for ages for treating chronic fever to boosting digestion and immunity. Hibiscus flowers are Shamkh pushpi used for soothing internally. 

Shamkh pushpi

Piyush Manush, Farmer, Green Entrepreneur, and Activist swear on Aloe Vera and Lemon Juice. He asks his followers whether they have Aloe Vera in the little spaces around them. He recommends to make Aloe Vera juice with a dash of Lemon and have it continuously for 4 days, give it a gap for three days and then have it again. The White Pulp inside the Aloe Vera can be juiced and also has with buttermilk. This is a powerful   Antioxidant and has well known antibacterial properties. Aloe Vera juice will detoxify your body by removing the toxins and aids in digestion. 

Information Courtesy: Facebook /Sameer Adhikari and Piyush Manush 

Caution: The Jungle tea and Aloe vera juice have worked for the people recommended. But every individual needs to take care while taking these. These may not suit everybody.Consult an Ayurvedic physician before you take the above tea and juice. The author and the recommended persons don’t hold any responsibility for the usage and its complications. 

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