season has the qualities such as coldness, wetness, dampness, moistness, heaviness,
slow, dark and thick. It means in this season one can feel cold, damp, heavy,
sluggish, slow and dull (the impact of these qualities) Bodily organs that get
affected in this season in everyone’s body irrespective of one’s unique body
constitution are lungs, nose, tongue, lymphatic system and circulatory system.
season is dominated by water and earth elements. In this season one of the
body’s intelligences that govern our body naturally aggravates. It is known as
Kapha. Common problems that one can experience in this season such as cough,
cold, runny nose, sinus congestion, sore throat, asthma, cold hands and feet,
fluid accumulations, weight gain and migraine. These problems can affect those
who do not follow any seasonal routines and live incompatible lifestyle and
diet in this season.
keep one’s body in optimum state one should follow certain specific regimes to
eliminate all the toxins as well to keep those organs in optimums state.
Brush teeth and scrape tongue
three minutes of waking up one should brush teeth, scrape tongue. When you look
at your tongue in the mirror you will find that coating on your tongue in
winter season is thick and white. If this coating is not removed is responsible
to build more mucous in nose, throat, lungs and throat or can make you lymph
fluid more thick and sluggish. Try to scrape at least 4 times in the centre and
3 times in the sides.
Morning De-tox drink
after brushing and scrapping make a drink:
¼ tsp of grated
½ tsp of lemon
½ tsp of honey
½ tsp of
is good to take excess mucous from body’s tissue as well it works with fat
metabolism and counters sluggishness from lymph.
Put three drops of warm oil in each nostril and
massage the area x3 times. To be more specific one should use:
2 days – sesame
2 days –
medicated nasal oil.
Medicated nasal oil has specific Ayurvedic herbs and
preparations according to Ayurvedic traditional principles and has specific
qualities to counter congestion from deep seated mucous in sinus areas as well
as heaviness in head area.
One should do daily massage before shower with:
warm sesame oil
– 3 days
Mustard oil – 2
days (Mustard oil is known for its warming, dry qualities and helps to take excess
mucous out of the body. Mustard oil being warm is good for improving
circulation, lymphatic flow)
Kapha oil – 2
days (This is a medicated herbal oil which has at least 45 Ayurvedic herbs that
help to expel extra water from bodily tissue thus helps to counter water
accumulation and sluggish lymphatic)
The massage should be vigorous, strong pressure and
quick. This helps to improve circulation thus counters cold hand problems
One should gargle at least once a day by adding 1tsp
of black salt in warm water. This helps to clear excess mucous in the mouth as
well as in the back of the throat. This is a very effective daily regime for
those who suffer from post nasal drip or have a sore throat in winter.
Care of gums:
Gandoosh at least once a week – Take one tablespoon of sesame oil and
add ½ teaspoon of black pepper, ½ teaspoon of black salt, ¼ teaspoon of
turmeric powder and ½ teaspoon of honey and hold in the mouth. Move around in
the mouth for 3 minutes and spit out and rinse your mouth with warm water.
(This is the best antiseptic and anti-viral treatment available to take
effective care of the gums). Every second day use the same mix and gently rub
onto your gums with your finger for 2 minutes. Let the mixture sit for 3
minutes and then rinse. (very effective
to reduce bleeding gums).
In winter, naturally the lungs, sinus and nasal
passage can get congested with mucous. This regime helps to clear the
congestion and also us to breathe easier. Boil water in a container, add 10 drops
of eucalyptus oil. Lean over the container, covering your head with a big towel
or blanket and take deep long breaths. Do this for 7 minutes. Dry your face and
go to bed. This helps to melt the mucous accumulation in the lungs and sinus
areas and helps to breath. This should be done every night before bed.
Deep long slow
The heavy, damp, slow and thick qualities in the
environment in Winter can make breathing difficult. This can make our lungs and
sinus are more prone to accumulate toxins. To avoid this happening one should
take at least 10-15 deep, long, slow breaths every 2 hours. This will help to
provide more oxygen to the lungs, helps to open the bronicoles and eliminate
the mucous which can accumulate there.
During winter one does not sweat easily so the sweat
glands, which eliminate waste from the body, can become blocked. Hence everyone
should do vigorous exercise in this season. The best exercise for everyone in
this season is a brisk way or run, both morning and evening. Do at least three
times a week.
Open eye candle meditation and chant meditation are
best the techniques to counter dullness, heaviness and darkness from the mind.
One should avoid foods that are naturally heavy,
sticky, damp, cold and thick such as yoghurt, ice cream, cream, butter, muffin,
cakes, bread, cheese, cold drink, juice, white flour, cold meats, cold
homongenised milk and oily foods such as chips, noodles and pasta. As all these
foods have such qualities, regular use can build mucous in the body and that
much can start accumulating in areas such as nose, lungs, sinus area, throat,
lymphatic system as these areas are naturally weak due to winter season. The
reason to avoid such foods is that regular use allows more mucous production
and the body is not in a position to easily flush them out so his mucous slowly
starts accumulating in the bodily tissues and organs and resultant ailments
Lung de-tox mix
At least 3 times a week one should take the following
mix that helps to eliminate excess mucous from lungs, nose, throat area and
keep their functions open:
10 drops of
fresh ginger juice
½ tsp of black
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cardamom
¼ tsp turmeric
Mix them and lick on your tongue. This mixture can be
taken more often if one starts experiencing congestion, runny nose, sore throat
or cough and cold