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THE WINTER THROUGH AN AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE

Updated: Sep 23, 2021





From an Ayurvedic perspective, a traditional Indian medicine, translated by some as "the science of life", living well implies being in balance between the external environment we live in and the internal one (our mind and body). When in imbalance, we can suffer with so many changes.


We are approaching winter and its manifestation is different according to each geographical location. So it is very important to understand what your winter is like, and how it influences your body and mind. Usually winter is colder and dry or colder and wet. And each person will need to use resources to take care of themselves and get to spring well, while others adapt super easily, because these are qualities that complement them.


When we are in a Vata moment, that is, with more restless thoughts and behaviors, with more difficulty to concentrate and more sensitivity to the cold, the cold and dry winter is extremely disturbing, so make sure to keep your body well hydrated and choose warming and digestive teas, but mild, so as not to promote more dryness: Licorice, fennel, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger with mild apple are great options, the famous Chai with a bit of milk goes really well at this time too, adding more nourishment for whoever is Vata.


If you are in a Kapha phase, which is a time of slower metabolism and digestion, lethargy, and laziness, damp cold is poison, so keep yourself warm with spicier teas like basil, thyme, pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger.


With the external cold there can be an excessive increase in internal heat, which can unbalance your Pita, if you are in a moment with hot and accelerated digestion, inflammatory processes, and feelings like intolerance, take care not to increase the internal fire so much, use calming teas like chamomile, fennel, and coriander.


All in all everyone can benefit by getting as much sun as possible during the day, keeping their feet warm, and doing plenty of physical activity to warm up the body and move the energy around.


By Clarissa Schembri/Brazil


Tea in a cup on a saucer, with herbs, spices and sugar around it on a rustic table. The spices are cloves, cinnamon, star anise, which are commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine as health aids.
Illustrative image provided by Clarissa Schembri

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