Winter came quickly and we are in need of all of the Ayurvedic tips to keep our immunity and stay warm!
We’re transitioning from Vata Season into Kapha Season. I know I have struggled with every single Winter because I can’t seem to figure out our to adapt to the Ayurvedic clock and the Season change, so here it is. I hope you find this helpful and promotes wellness as we all start seeing the temperatures drop and snow starting to appear on the mountains.
- Take Vitamin C. Take it daily to help keep your immune system in tip top shape.
- Use Ginger! Ginger is great for curing colds.
- Exercise: This is an amazing way to increase internal heat in the body. I practice Ashtanga Yoga and I find it difficult to get going in the winter time. Once I get going the Agni, or internal heat, of the practice kicks in and I feel fine.
- Tongue Scraping: Clean your tongue with a stainless steel tongue scraper to keep kapha balanced. This is best done first thing in the morning.
- Oil to use in for Oil Pulling, abhyanga, and Nasya Oil: Sesame Oil (You can also use sesame oil on a cotton ball in the ear)
- Essential Oils: Cinnamon, Clove
When thinking about foods to help us through the winter, think about warmer choices. Make food choices that will warm and bring in heat. Use cooked, warm, thick foods to promote balance with the colder temperatures.
- Herbs: Chyavanprash (this helps with immunity and energy during the colder months)
- Grains: Oatmeal, Brown rice, Basmati Rice
- Fruits: cooked apples, berries, peaches, pears, dates. It is always a good idea to eat seasonally and purchase produce that is being grown around you.
- Veggies: Root vegetables, carrots, spinach, eggplant, potatoes, mushrooms
- Grains: Brown and Basmati Rice
- Oils: Ghee
- Sweeteners: Honey
- Spices: Turmeric, Ginger, cinnamon, cumin, coriander
Drink Warm drinks throughout the day. Warm water with turmeric and lemon is a great choice. Hot tea with cinnamon and ginger is also a good one. Stay hydrated but drink in increments so that the water doesn’t drown out the internal agni we’re trying to produce.
Hope this helps! Stay warm and think about balance. I wish everyone a happy and health winter season.
– Ashlee Brooke