Ayurveda being an age old system of natural healing teaches us to live in harmony with nature. It believes that we can prevent disease through an understanding of our basic constitution.
Charaka Samhitha dating to the early centuries of the Common Era says, “What the patient knows is more important than what the practitioner knows. The successful Ayurvedic practitioner is not the one who heals the most patients, but the one who teaches his patients to heal themselves.”
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Winter/ cold months ( October – March) is coming ,Days are going to be short & nights are long. This generally creates a dull, whining mood to all, but actually it is the perfect season to improve immunity. Immunity or bala in ayurvedic term is not just physical, but also pshycological and spiritual strength – A healthy individual will have a calm & focused mind.
The basic constitutional elements _ Vata, Pitta & Kapha are the products of digestion. Immunity in Ayurveda is connected to digestion. When digestion is strong and appetite is good, then immunity is strengthened and vice versa.
The atmospheric chillness increases the internal heat and thus increasing the power of digestion. Hence during this season heavy foods & drinks should be taken.When you don’t feed this fire appropriately, the fire starts to consume the bodily tissues and vata can get aggravated. Vata is considered as the most strong element of all, when it gets disturbed it will affect the other doshas & bodily tissues.
Food which are fatty, sweet, sour and salt, meat soup, milk and milk products, sugarcane juice, freshly harvested grains, black gram and warm water – should be taken during this season. This is the season suitable for Oil massage with warm sessame oil, exercises to one’s capacity. In short this season is the perfect for everyone who wish to regain health or build the strength for the rest of the year.
The nights are long during this season, hence breakfast should be heavy like Oats or wheat porridge, boiled eggs followed by warm tea
The Lunch can include sweet, salt and heavy food and dinner can be lighter and can have some sour food and drinks
Spice mixture for the winter -Mix equal qty of powdered cumin, coriander & fennel, add 1 part of dry ginger powder, black pepper, turmeric powder and 1/4 part of cinnamom. Add 1 tsp of this mixture heat it with ghee and pour this to the cooked rice or steamed vegetables or to any recepies everyday.
Snacks can be – Fruits, raisins, dates, almonds, walnuts, cashews, yogurt, warm milk or spiced tea -boil 2cups of water add1-2 cloves, 2 pinches of ground cardamom, ½ inch piece of fresh ginger for 5 minutes in slow fire. Add 1 teaspoon tea of your choice and simmer for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of milk. Add brown sugar or Honey ( If adding honey, add only in room temprature).
Bed time a cup of milk boiled with 4-5 crushed almonds or with pinch of turmeric powder & cardamom
Herbal water suitable for this season – Boil 1 tabsp full of cumin seeds & coriander seeds in 1L of water to boiling point, strain and store the water ina bottle. Do not refrigerate this water.
Herbs for the season – Chyavanaprash lehyam, Thalisadhi powder, Madhuyasti powder,Vata tea & Kapha tea