Monsoons and Ayurveda share a connection that goes back a long way. According to Ayurveda, the moist qualities of the rainy season are known to have a direct impact on the seven tissues (dhatus) of the body. During this time of the year, the softened tissues become more receptive to Ayurvedic treatments, facilitating the outward flow of toxins and excess doshic energies from the body.
But admittedly, the monsoons are also accompanied by water-borne infections and health disorders. And as much as we love the aroma of geelimitti or the ever so comforting masala chai, certain steps are in order to cope with the season change.
At least once a week, perform a body massage with 1-2 spoonfuls of neem oil mixed with half a cup of warm cold pressed black sesame oil. Follow this up with a hot water bath, to help protect your skin from infections and curb your Vata.
When it comes to diet, consuming light, easily digestible food is advisable. Ayurveda recommends eating in accordance with your jatharagni or digestive fire. A well-functioning agni aids in seamless digestion, thereby resulting in a healthy body.
If you experience indigestion or other seasonal ailments like the flu or viral fever, keep fresh ginger root handy. One of the most popular ways of consuming ginger is through ginger decoction in tea but other drinks include ginger ale and ginger juice with lemon and honey.
Certain skin and hair concerns peculiar to monsoons also need tending to. To keep your skin clear and healthy, reduce the consumption of caffeinated beverages, fried foods, hot spices and preserved or tinned foods. Try cutting meat out of your diet, especially red meat as it may aggravate Pitta.
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