Let’s look into a few Ayurvedic tips and guidelines that will help you stay healthy and happy through the winter holidays.
Fill your kitchen with Ayurvedic spices to keep your immunity at its best during the holiday season, assist your mind with clarity, uplift your spirit and awaken your senses.
- Ginger is your best herb/spice friend in winter. It helps maintain your metabolic fire. Drink fresh-steeped ginger tea in the morning.
- Cinnamon and nutmeg are warm, stimulating spices. If taken with honey, they boost your immunity.
- Holy Basil: chewing its fresh leaves or making tea out of dry leaf powder helps reduce phlegm accumulation.
- Mustard seeds added to your soups help take away the dampness from your food.
- Fenugreek seeds, soaked overnight and chewed in the morning on an empty stomach, help the body balance sugar.
- Garlic intake reduces fat deposits in the body as well as helps with circulation.
- Turmeric added to your vegetables, grains or heated in warm milk helps with better joint care.
- Almonds and walnuts (suggest not more than five) soaked in water for a few hours, and chewed well, increases brain function and keeps the brain clear from fogginess.
- Figs, dates and raisins cooked with your oatmeal strengthens bodily tissues.
Give yourself an Ayurvedic gift of health with personal care and a healthy lifestyle that combat the seasonal blues.
- Expose yourself to sunlight as much as you can. In the absence of sunlight, sitting near a fireplace is very helpful.
- Massage your body with vata- or kapha-balancing herbal oil or warm base oils such as sesame or almond.
- Apply essential oils such as sandalwood, sage, holy basil or jasmine on your temples. This helps keep your mental pathways clear.
- Choose hot soups and warm foods over cold foods like wraps and sandwiches.
- Always keep your feet warm with cotton or woolen socks and appropriate footwear.
- Spend your holiday time with friends and relatives who you enjoy, creating abundant, warm energy.
- Include stretching and breathing exercises as a part of your daily routine.