For a healthy life, it is important to stay in sync with nature and changing seasons. According to Ayurveda, when you are in tune with nature, it helps you remain mindful about your prakruti or internal constitution that consists of three doshas or energies, namely, Pitta or the energy of digestion, Kapha or the energy of stability and Vata or the energy of movement. Rituchakra or the regimen laid down by ayurvedic system of seasonal living helps acclimatize your mind and body to the seasonal changes. With the advent of winter, we are engulfed in a layer of chill and now that it’s winter time, let us take a look at some of the best winter remedies that you can easily follow everyday.
SIMPLE AYURVEDIC WINTER REMEDIES THAT YOU CAN FOLLOW EVERYDAY
According to Ayurveda, it is acceptable to wake up around 7 a.m. in the morning.
Oral Health – While washing your mouth, scrape your tongue to do away with the overnight accumulation of yeast and bacteria. Brush your teeth with toothpaste that contain herbs that generate heat like clove, haritaki and cinnamon. You can try the oil pulling method, an oral tradition approved by Ayurveda, something similar to using mouthwash. It helps prevent cavities and gum diseases. Swish a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth, around the gums, through the teeth for a soothing sensation and dental care. Do not swallow it, spit it out once done.
Lemon Water – Drinking a cup of warm water with lemon would help stimulate your bowel movement. You can add some raw honey to this water.
Abhyanga – Heat some sesame oil in a bowl and massage your body with this warm oil. Soak in its goodness for about ten minutes and bathe in warm water. READ MORE – How to do Abhyanga – Ayurveda oil massage for a healthy body and mind
Practice yoga with pranayama and meditation. Go for Surya Namashkar and other poses like Balasana, Anjaneyasana, Prasarita Padottanasana, Supta Baddha Konasana, and Eka Pada Rajakapotasana. Yoga helps remove congestion and improve the functioning of your respiratory system.
Post meditation, eat a wholesome breakfast like a bowl of chia, oatmeal or barley. Try incorporating hardy vegetables like squash, carrots and beets, healthy fats like olive oil, and warming spices like black pepper, dry ginger, cinnamon, and coriander into your meals.
Winter Tonic – Make a warming winter tea, In a saucepan add 1/2 tsp black peppercorns, ½ tsp chopped ginger, and ½ tsp cinnamon powder along with a cup of water. Simmer on low for 5 mins. Strain and sip on it warm. This drink will not only promote digestion but will also remove excess mucus.
Ginger Water – Sip on warm water throughout the day, add 2 Tbsp of ginger to one litre of water and bring it to a boil. Drink this water throughout the day. Combine your daily activities with exercises and a brisk walk, whenever possible. Also, a ginger remedy works wonders during the winters. For example, adding ginger shreds to your tea or drinking warm ginger water, or even adding ginger and baking soda to your tub of hot bath water is a great way to incorporate the warmth and goodness of ginger into your regular life. READ MORE – Oiling The Belly Button To Treat Health And Beauty Problems