In India and in the Northern Hemisphere, the spring season starts in March-April. This is equivalent to the Vedic months of Caitra and Vaisakha and the Vaisnava months of Visnu and Madhusudana. In India, spring is called Vasant Ritu. In this season, as per Ayurveda, we may feel a lack of energy, the digestive fire declines, allergies start manifesting and people start getting respiratory diseases like cough, cold, fever, skin diseases, headache and other such symptoms.
This all happens because kapha, which accumulates in the body due to the cold and harsh atmosphere of winter season, begins to liquefy by the strong rays of sun. It is quite similar to a glacier melting due to the rays of the sun upon the arrival of hot season whenthe sun enters the northern hemisphere. This is called Adana Kal, or the time when sun starts to move closer to earth and we feel its natural scorching heat, which is debilitating for all the living beings.
The properties of kapha are heaviness, density, coldness, softness, oilyness, sweetness, immobility, and sliminess, which require eatables/herbs opposite in quality to balance them (Charak Samhita Sutrasthana 1. 61). When this kapha liquefies, it enters the bodily channels, and by its stagnant, cold and heavy nature weakens the digestive fire, just as when cold water is poured on a fire. This liquefied kapha comes out of the nose, mouth, throat, chest and lungs in the form of coughing and expelling out either dense or watery phlegm, and it comes from the skin in the form of allergies, pus, itching, rashes and skin diseases.
To remove this excess kapha in spring, it is recommended to follow a kapha pacifying diet, to observe regulated and controlled fasting with fruits and raw and cooked vegetables, to eat only when feeling an appetite and also to do a gentle spring cleanse under the guidance of properly qualified Ayurvedic doctor.
In the Gomata Bliss department, we are working to develop various high quality pure natural products in accordance with Ayurvedic formulas to help maintain the health. We are sharing with you how to have a healthy lifestyle in spring and how to do a gentle spring cleansing to help you remove the toxins, increase energy and calm the mind.
First of all, reduce or remove processed food, sweets, heavy, stale, thick, refrigerated items, fried, milk and milk products, oily foods from your diet. Eat light, dry, easy to digest whole foods. Drink a lot of warm drinks throughout the day. Include bitter, spicy and astringent taste in your diet. Use organic honey as sweeteners. Use spices like cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, paprika, coriander, fennel, parsley, black pepper and turmeric. Spring is also a great time to learn more about Dinacarya – an ayurvedic daily routine.
- Wake-up before 4 am. Drink a cup of warm water.
- Brush your teeth with a herbal toothpaste and gently scrape your tongue.
- Do oil pulling with sesame oil (til oil) by swishing oil in your mouth for 4-5 minutes.
- Floss teeth, massage gums, clean the teeth with toothpowder.
- Clear your bowels. You can use Triphala powder at night to help with elimination.
- Place 2 drops of warm oil in each ear. You can use Karna Binduk or Karna Rakshak.
- Do a gentle warm sesame oil massage all over the body.
- Take a warm bath. You do not need to use soap for that or you can use a little bit of cow dung soap.
- Attend the morning program and chant your rounds.
- Do Jal neti with lukewarm water under the guidance of a proper Yoga teacher.
- Do 12 rounds of Surya Namaskara and 60 rounds of Anuloma Viloma and 5 rounds of 20-30 breaths of Kapalabhati under the guidance and consultation of a proper Yoga teacher.
- Take a light breakfast only when you feel hungry. You can take digestive aid like Pachanamrit or Ghanvati after meals.
Throughout the Day
1. Drink at least 12 cups of room temperature, warm, or hot fluids each day. You can sip CF (cumin and fennel) tea throughout the day.
2. Take lunch only when you feel quite hungry.
3. Take completely fatless buttermilk in the day mixed with spices like roasted cumin, rock salt, black salt, asafoetida, fresh ginger, coriander leaves, green chilli, dry ginger powder, trikatu etc.
1. Try not to eat after 7 pm.
2. About half an hour before bed, take triphala as a tea or in form of tablets.
3. Go to sleep before 10pm. Take sufficient rest, at least 5-6 hours. Do not sleep during the day.
GENTLE SPRING CLEANSING
The benefits of spring cleansing:
• Supports the elimination of toxins from the body
• Increases energy and vitality
• Relaxes the nervous system and calms the mind
Phases of spring cleansing:
1. Pre-cleanse (3-4 days): Follow a Dinacharya daily routine and Kapha balancing diet. Also detoxify your mind: increase meditation, clean your home thoroughly, get rid of unnecessary things, remove toxic people from your life.
2. Actual cleanse (one week). Follow a Dinacharya daily routine and a mono diet of an easily digestible food like soups and fruits like grapes, currants, apples, figs and pomegranate. Take a spoonful of Triphala powder with water or Gulkand (Rose petals jam) or Edible Sweet Almond oil (Roghan Badaam Shirin) with a cup of lukewarm milk at night under the guidance of a qualified ayurvedic doctor.
3. Reintroduction (one week). Reintroduce more variety of whole foods.
4. Post-cleanse rejuvenation (one week). Follow a Dinacharya daily routine, take a nourishing Ayurvedic Rasayana like high quality Chyawanprash. Take it in the morning around 5-6 A.M. in an amount that can be easily digested in 3-4 hours.
5. After your spring cleanse is finished, continue to follow a Dinacharya daily routine and kapha balancing diet during the whole spring.
We hope this meets you in good health or helps you to create it and maintain it.
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