News & Notes 635:Pitchandikulam Forest Herbal Team – Vasanta (Spring) With Ayurveda and local plants

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6 February 2016

Pitchandikulam Forest Herbal Team – Vasanta (Spring) With Ayurveda and local plants

The sun is coming back to the northern hemisphere, Ayurveda calls this period: Adaana Kaala. It includes 3 seasons: Shishira (late winter), Vasanta (spring) and Grishma (summer). It is known as the period that takes away the strength, the sun becomes stronger and month after month it slowly drains the energy from the body.

Now in Vasanta, the sunrays are becoming hotter by the day but the nights are still chilly. Kapha wakes up and start moving, exhilarated, giving cheerfulness and burst of energy. A healthy Kapha shows in the body with lots of strength and stamina, a strong immune system and a steady and stable mind with a sense of duty, warm hearted, and goodwill.

It also begins to thaw so that most of the semi-solid wastes accumulated during the previous cold season liquefy and want to ooze out of the body. If Kapha becomes imbalanced, it gives to the body: a feeling of lethargy, colds, cough with mucus, tonsillitis, sore throat, lung congestion, cold body, dull headaches, sinusitis, loss of appetite, cravings for sweet, overweight and so on.

And on the mind: feeling of sadness, confusion, dullness, mental laziness, feeling of not being loved/cared/heard, putting oneself as a victim, greediness…

If any of these occur, it is time to expel this vitiated Kapha with elimination therapies and rejuvenative sadhanas.

With the food:

  • Eat warm, cooked, easy to digest, spicy
  • Balance Kapha with bitter, astringent and pungent tastes
  • Proteins: Black beans, chickpeas, lentils, mung dal, dals, dried peas, dried beans, pinto beans, red beans, soya beans (green gram), tempeh, cooked tofu, horse gram, white meat, eggs, small fishes
  • Vegetables: Bitter vegetables: fenugreek (mehti), green leafy vegetables (cabbage, green salads, lettuce, rucola), Artichokes, ashgourd, avocado (moderately), beetroots, bittergourd (karela), bottlegourd (loki, dudhi), brocoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chow-chow, drumstick (moringa: leaves of drumstick tree), eggplant, green beans, leeks, peas, peppers, pumpkin, radish, cooked tomato, zucchini
  • Good sweet = Cereals: old grains (barley, red rice, millet, dry oat), fruits (pomegranate, apple, banana, chiku, papaya, grape, pear…)
  • Spices: ajwain, asafoetida, bay leaf, black pepper, cardamom, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, clove, cumin, curry leaves, ginger, fennel, fenugreek, mustard seeds, nutmeg, oregano, paprika, parsley, rosemary, basil, thyme, turmeric
  • Ghee or sesame/olive/sunflower oil
  • Beverages: herbal teas (camomile, cinnamon, fennel, ginger, peppermint, tulsi, yerba mate, roiibos), warm water, with honey, cranberry juice, barley grain coffee, grape juice, pomegranate juice, soya milk warm and spiced, black tea, masala tea (without milk), green tea
  • Ayurvedic plants and preparations: Shunti (ginger powder), Neem, Tulsi, Amla, Triphala, Panchakola, Trikatu… with honey

Food to avoid:

  • Sweet, Sour, Salty tastes
  • Snacking between meals (salty n sweet snacks), overeating
  • Food that is heavy and difficult to digest (fried food, pasta, etc.)
  • Coffee, chocolate, ice cream at the end of a meal
  • Sodas

Routine to favour:

  • Great principle: keep the stamina strong
  • In early morning, clean the nasal cavity and sinuses with Nasya (2-3 oil drops in each nostril followed by steaming) using Anu Tailam
  • Wash with warm water (shower or bath)
  • Keep the body warm: neck and feet especially
  • Physical exercise or sport: minimum of 30 minutes per day
  • Udvartana (firm pressure massage with upward strokes) with sesame oil or Triphala + Horsegram powder
  • Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation-concentration, Qi-Gong…
  • Fumigation: eucalyptus, neem, sage
  • Kapha purification therapies: Vamana, Nasya

Avoid doing:

  • Siestas and day naps
  • No physical exercise
  • Cold air, wind, fan

Wishing you a cheerfull Vasanta,
Berengere (Bee) in Pitchandikulam Forest and Santé Clinic