You know when you feel a chest cold coming on. Tightness in the chest (you can feel there is mucus milling around down in there), phlegm-ey coughs, and any sinus junk is a sure sign that there is a kapha imbalance.
For those pleasantries, I recommend this ginger and tumeric tea.* Make a lot of this tea and sip it on and off throughout the day.
1 glass of warm water
1 tbsp honey
1/8 tsp fresh grated ginger or 1/4 tsp dry ground ginger (use dry for pittas)
*I was a brand new student when Dr. Apte gave me this tea recipe. I loved ginger and thought there was no harm in adding more. Wrong!! I added strips of fresh ginger to my cup and aggravated my pitta so much that I woke up in the middle of the night with hives and an eye the size of a golf ball. Beauty. Inflammation is a sign of pitta aggravation and so are skin disorders. Oops. Learn from my mistake