Stay healthy this winter

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Stay healthy this winter

Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.

The winter season holds the perfect antidote to the fast-paced mobility of the summer and fall. This is a time to rest, reflect, hold space, vision, hibernate, withdraw some of our outwardly-focused energy and redirect it inward.

Winter season also brings low temperatures, freezing rain and snow, a significant drop in humidity and dry cold winds in most parts of the country. All media news and health warnings make winter a season of flu, colds and coughs, contagious diseases.

There is a overall sense of heaviness, increased moisture due to rain or snow and a slow feeling that sends many animals into hibernation. These are all qualities shared by Kapha dosha, which is why winter could be considered a Kapha season in our beautiful British Columbia but in the rest of the Canada where the climate is exceptionally cold and dry, Vata will also be a strong component to take into account.

According to Ayurveda winter is the best season to strengthen and improve immunity. Infections and colds are the results of a weak immune system. Viruses are seeds that look for fertile land, such as a weakened body, to take root. This season, let us adopt a routine that allows you to relish rather than resent the darkness and the quiet.

5 Tips to improve Immunity and stay healthy this winter

1. Immunity
One reason that winter is a good season for building immunity is that the digestion is strongest in cold weather. The body requires more fuel to stay warm and healthy in the winter months and the cold weather ignites digestive fires deep into the core of the body. Our bodies therefore crave a more substantial, nutritive diet at this time of year. May be that is the reason crave for carb containing comfort foods loaded with fats and sugars ! The cold weather can decrease digestive Agni (fires) so we need to use spices to improve the digestion. Some of the immune boosting spices are: cumin, fennel, coriander, turmeric, ginger, and black pepper.

2. Body massage
Our skin, the organ that acts as a barrier between our bodies and the external environment, generally takes the brunt of the harsh weather. Winter is actually the best time of year to nourish the skin, because it is dryer and more receptive in winter. The skin is less absorbent in warmer weather as it is in detoxifying mode. Daily Abhayanga with Kapha Oil or Dhanvantara oil will keep our skin healthy and vibrant whole winter. Padmashri Kapha Oil is a classical oil called Karpooradi Tailam. It is prepared with Kapha reducing herbs like Ajwain, Arjuna, Cardamom and Camphor. Dhanvatara Oil is a potent earthy oil containing 28 herbs like Ashwagandha, Triphala, Bala and fenugreek. It rejuvenates the body and skin and increases immunity.

3. Diet
At the first sign of a cold or flu take extra measures. Get plenty of rest, slow down and listen to your body. Your recovery time will be shorter. Drink lots of warm water or herbal teas to help flush toxins from the lungs. Eat wholesome, nutritious, easily digestible foods such as cooked leafy green vegetables, fresh fruits and vegetable soups. Avoid heavy foods like meat, dairy, oils, nut butters and sweets.

4. Lifestyle
Immune boosting lifestyle with yoga and exercise: An invigorating and expansive yoga practice this winter can be surprisingly supportive of your overall wellbeing. Taking up a winter-specific activity might help replace the feelings of winter blues. We’re often less active in wintertime. Yet exercise is a known mood enhancer, raising the brain’s levels of serotonin and endorphin. Sports such as skiing, snowboarding and ice skating provide that much-needed adrenaline rush that we can’t get from couch surfing, with the added bonus of two of the greatest natural mood elevators: exercise and the great outdoors.

5. Natures
In keeping with the guidelines of Ayurvedic classical formulations, the pharmacological and phytochemists team at Sewanti Ayurvedic series has combined the healing properties of Holy Basil in synergy with other important Ayurvedic herbs to enhance bioavailability of Holy Basil and stimulate its activity in the formulation. These herbs include Ashwagandha, Karanja, Chitraka, Amalaki and Haridra.
Holy Basil Plus helps to strengthen the digestive fire, balance the production of mucus and enhance the bioavailability and circulation of vital nutrients.

Herb of the Month
Holy Basil, or Tulsi , holds most supreme place among the various medicinal herbs in India perhaps next to Lotus. Its healing properties are so well established that most people in India grow it in courtyards and traditionally worshipped daily in a ritual for the well being of the family.

Holy Basil has specified actions on the respiratory system. It effectively liquefies the phelm due to its hot and sharp attributes. Holy basil is an effective panacea for cough due to allergic bronchitis asthma and eosinophilia. Since time immemorial

Holy basil is used as a treatment for a nasal inflammation and bronchitis. Due to the anti allergic property of Holy basil, it provides protective effect against allergic diseases.

This is a remedy that my mother used on us in childhood for a dry cough, turmeric powder mixed with a teaspoon of honey taken three to four times a day is effective. You could also try preparing turmeric tea by adding one tablespoon of turmeric powder into 4 cups of boiling water. Keep for a few minutes, strain and mix in some lemon and honey to the liquid and drink.

Neelam Toprani is an Ayurvedic researcher and the formulator of Sewanti herbal remedies and Padmashri massage oils. Neelam has been studying various healing modalities and eastern spiritualties from many masters. One of the objectives her Company is to take the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda and translate it into practical solutions to improve the quality of life.The company is based in Vancouver, Canada.

All the information on our products and their components is for general information only and was made with the best of our knowldege. It does not claim in any way of suggesting a diagnosis or a treatment.