One of the things that make ayurvedic practice so unique from others is the fact that it acknowledges that humans are an integral part of the natural world and not isolated from it. Which is why ayurveda always considers the seasons and the important role it plays in our health and wellbeing.
Here’s taking a closer look as how we sectionalize our four seasons and how they relate to our health:
Running from mid-September to mid-November, this season starts warm and eventually becomes chilly, which gives your body moderate energy, but when pitta is aggravated in nature, you may experience indigestion, diarrhea, or ulcers. Since this is the time to prepare your digestive system for the winter, you need to eat foods that are light and easy to process like wheat, honey, tomatoes, root vegetables and dry meat.
“Virechana” is recommended for this season to eliminate the body of toxins through the anal passage.
Late autumn/early winter
Running from mid-November to mid-January, this season is described in ayurveda as late autumn and it’s where “agni” is at its strongest causing you to feel hungry often. To feed that hunger, we suggest going for warming foods and sweet, salty, or sour foods that fuel your digestive fire. You can drink gooseberry juice and enjoy fermented foods like kimchi. Just remember to eat foods that are easy to digest and in moderate amounts, so you don’t disrupt the balance in your digestive system. Starting this season, it is even more important to be conscious of your health, additionally to keeping a balanced diet with warming foods, taking the right organic immunity booster will help you fight those seasonal ailments.
“Virechana,” “swedana” and “abhyanga” are the go-to treatments for this season. Make sure to take sunbaths when you can and avoid napping in the afternoon to keep your energy up.
Running from mid-January to mid-March, this season is cold and slow, so you need to find ways to keep your “agni” up as “kapha” dominates your body. You may also feel a higher body heat while your skin may feel dry because of the windy climate. During this season, you can still enjoy the sweet, salty, and sour foods that you ate from the previous season. Having warm spices can help bring your energy up too, but you need to stay away from cold and astringent foods.
“Abhyanga” is the treatment for this season, which is a warm oil massage that will keep your skin well hydrated as you go through the rough winter season. You can also do “swedana” and “kizhichil”or an ancient massage therapy that helps to create balance in the mind, body and spirit.
Dubbed as one of the best times of the year, spring allows you to enjoy more sunlight and gain your energy back from that long winter. This is also one of the best seasons to detoxify your body starting with foods that are easy to digest since your “agni” is still weak. Try foods like ginger, garlic, barley, rice, onion, wheat, and honey. Additionally, you can have an ayurvedic skin care routine.
“Nasya” is the treatment for this season because it helps to clear your respiratory system, especially if you have seasonal allergies. You can also do “udvartana” that’s made with herbs like saffron, sandalwood powder and wheat flour.
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