Welcome to Autumn (Fall) season, the Vata season

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Autumn (Fall) season represents the major transition of mother earth from warm season to cold season. Temperatures, which, just a few weeks ago were raging with the intense heat of summer, are beginning to hint at the telltale crispness of autumn. The air is crisp and fresh. Many trees and shrubs are quietly undressing in preparation for the winter. There is a subtle browning of the earth.

Autumn is dry, rough, windy, erratic, cool, subtle, and clear. These are all qualities shared by Vata dosha, and because like increases like, autumn is considered as a vata season. Vata dosha which means, “that which moves things”. The main area of Vata are the colon, the bones, the joints, the thighs/hips, the ears, the brain and the nerve tissues. Because Vata is related to movement it governs breathing patterns, talking, muscular movement, nerve impulses, circulation, elimination. During this season of the year Vata can be aggravated easily which means we may feel imbalanced in any of these areas resulting in conditions such as insomnia, arthritis, stiff muscles and cracking joints, dry skin, constipation, gas or bloating, lower back pain and low energy. The following tips can help you to reduce Vata if it is aggravated and to create balance during this season.

Here are some Ayurvedic tips to keep you feeling energetic, engaged, and healthy:

  • Warm oil massage : Include warm oil massage (Abhyanga) in your daily self-care routine or schedule in some massages. If your mood is affected, a massage to the head and scalp with Brahmi oil brings clarity and energy to the mind while helping support healthy sleep patterns when used at night.
  • Vata pacifying diet : Since Autumn season brings cold and dry elements, incorporate more warm and nourishing food and drink in your diet. When eating raw salads be generous with high quality dressings made with good fats.
  • Ghee : Cooking with ghee (clarified butter) is also advisable during these months, because ghee is guru (heavy) and in a season of high winds it serves as an anchoring substance in dishes.
  • Warm stews and soup in diet – In general lukewarm meals, mainly soups and stews pacify Vata due to opposite qualities from Vata. Make sure to include khichadi soup and also soups that have grains. Grains improve colon health, major seat of Vata. Add spices to your meals such as ginger, fennel, cumin and coriander.
  • Nasya : Lubricate your nasal passages with sesame oil to prevent colds due to dryness. (You can read more about this in Nasya treatment)
  • Exercise : Moderate activity is known to help activate the body’s inner pharmacy, releasing mood supporting hormones and providing revitalization and detoxification.  A healthy yoga routine can combine both the benefits of exercise and Pranayama.

If you are experiencing even a touch of the blues as the seasons change, give these Ayurvedic tips a try!

If you would like to find out how Ayurveda can help your health and well-being over the transition of the seasons, please join me for an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation. You can visit my website: http://www.aum-ayurveda.com

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Eat fresh, eat seasonal

In Ayurveda, it is taught and practised to eat what is locally grown in season.

Food fresh from the earth is still thriving with living energy that cannot be duplicated anywhere else. When we eat foods closet to their natural state, we receive maximum benefits and therefore maximum health. image

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Huskurer mot allergier:

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Våren är äntligen här efter lång vinter. Men för många kommer våren med allergie. Med symtom som rinnande näsa, nysningar, kliande och till och med astma. Enligt ayurveda är ama (osmält mat som blir slaggprodukter) och låg immunitet är huvud orsakerna till allergier.

Du kanske är en Kapha, Pitta eller Vata men en allergi av något kan ge en mängd olika symtom.En Pitta-baserad allergi till exempel, resulterar i ömmande, röda ögon och inflammerad, kliande näsa. Den kan ge låg feber.
En Kapha-allergi däremot kan ge en tung känsla i huvudet, näs- och bihåle täppa, trötthet, svullna ögon och hög slemproduktion. Vata-allergi kan ge näsan och bihålorna mycket torra och gör ont.

Huskurer mot Pitta-allergi

Triphala eller bara Amlaki är en virechan (laxativ) ört och den hjälper dig att få bort Pitta Dosha under allergisäsongen. Andas in kokosolja genom varje näsborre några gånger om dagen, drick Pitta te och drick varm mjölk med en halv tesked gurkmeja.

Huskurer mot Kapha-allergi –

Den här typen av allergi behöver Chyavanprash. Det ska tas två gånger om dagen för att förstärka lungorna. Triphala hjälper också till att rensa ut gifter ur systemet. Den som lider av den här typen av allergi ska ta en tesked triphala innan läggdags.

Huskurer mot Vata-allergi –

Sesamolja är mycket bra mot Vata-orsakade allergier. En tesked Ashwagandha med en kopp varm mjölk innan läggdags balanserar också Vata. De med Vata-orsakade allergier kan använda nasyaolja för torra och ömmande näspassager. Drick ingefära te tre gånger.

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Breakfast Recipe – Oats Dosa or crepes

According to Ayurveda – Oats is heavy and sticky – a great grain for Vata pacification. Kaphas should not eat it in excess. Spices added here enhance the digestibility of the dish – cumin, asafetida. Specifically, asafetida is good for flatulence. Cumin is a digestive and warming spice. This recipe is primarily geared towards Vata pacification and is a good winter-fall dish. Kaphas can enjoy this in moderation, with generous amounts of the digestive spices.

Oats are well-known breakfast cereals. Oats are sweet, slightly bitter, warming and works positively on many body organs. They are good for heart, digestive system, reproductive system, bones and brain. Due to richness in phosphorous and silicon, they make bones, muscles and connective tissues stronger. Oats have anti-diabetic, anti-obesity, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, cardio tonic, digestive, diuretic, liver protecting, tonic, nervine and sedative properties.

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Ingredients:

  1. Oats (Havregryn) – 1 cup
  2. Semolina (Mannagryn) – 1/2 cup
  3. Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  4. Yogurt – 1/2 cup
  5. Coriander leaves
  6. salt
  7. asafoetida powder (Hing) – 1/2 tsp
  8. 1 Green chili – finely chopped – optional

Recipe :

Dry roast quick cooking oats over low flame in a pan until they turn slightly crisp or for approx. 4-5 minutes. Transfer them to a plate and let them cool for 4-5 minutes. Grind them in a mixer-grinder until smooth powder texture. Transfer it to a large bowl. Add semolina, yogurt, cumin seeds, coriander leaves, green chilies (You can add chopped onion and tomato) and salt in the bowl and mix well using spoon. Add water little by little to the mixture and mix well. It should have pouring consistency. Heat non-stick skillet over medium flame. Pour a ladle of batter and spread it lightly in a circular motion, drizzle some oil around the dosa.  Flip and cook other side for a minute. After the other side is cooked, remove from heat and serve hot with green chutney.

 

 

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CHAPATI- Whole wheat bread

CHAPATI – How to make yeast free whole wheat flat bread

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Use fine whole wheat flour, add 1 tsp oil, water and make a dough. Roll lemon sized balls into flat bread using some flour. Roast on skillet on medium heat both sides or one side on skillet and other side on direct flame. Enjoy chapati bread with touch of ghee.

Health benefits –
Great for colon health due to its fiber contain hence prevents constipation, prevents diabetes, cardiac conditions and certain cancer conditions, great for nerve tissue as nerve tissue needs complex carbohydrates.
Ayurveda – Great for all dosha, mainly VATA, a governing energy.

Tip -Avoid chapati if you have gluten allergy. Same recipe can be made using millet flour.

Also don’t get discouraged if chapati is not as perfect on first few efforts, it needs practice.

 

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LAVAN Rasa – SALTY Taste

Lavan – Salt

Effect on health : It cleanses sticky mucus and opens body channels for smooth flow, stimulates digestive fire. Enhances taste as salt brings taste to all food.

Foods that have Salty taste – Salt, sea salt, rock salt and mineral salt

Effect on Dosha – V- P+ K+

Too much salt – Increases Pitta and creates Water retention resulting into swelling, creates skin conditions like eczema, acidity, ulcers, burning, It is also reason for hair fall, early balding.

TIP – Ayurveda strongly recommends salt to be added in cooking. Sprinkling salt over the food is not recommended as it is uncooked salt which may create above mentioned imbalances.

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Amla Rasa – Sour Taste

2. AMLA Rasa- SOUR Taste

Effects on health – enhance taste experience by cleansing and stimulating taste buds, also cleanses body waste smoothly. It improves appetite, digestion and blood circulation.

Foods that have Sour taste – (recommended) Lemon/lime, Gooseberries, Oranges, Pomegranate, Buttermilk.

Too much Sour – Increases PITTA – Creates imbalance that stimulates skin rashes, increases heat in the body resulting into bleeding, Also results in migraine headache, hair fall.6337e10260319b6ef35d3fa98c7655e3

 

 

 

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