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Once again, winter is
upon us and I am sure you are all ready of enjoy the season balanced. Some of
us are already feeling the cold, damp, moist, cloudy and rainy days and
wondered how to cope with them. As we all know, in this part of the world we experience
four seasons and year after year these seasons keep coming and arrive in the
most rhythm/cycles and time frame. This is what’s known as nature’s
As long as nature’s
intelligence is intact these seasons will keep coming in this rhythmic time
frame and bring the same qualities for what they known for. In the same way,
everyone of us has our bodily intelligence and as long as our bodily
intelligence is in balance state we can enjoy every weather to its optimum.
It is important to keep
our bodily intelligence in a balanced state all the time so the body can flush
out all the toxins that get built up in our body on a daily basis due to wear
and tear and impact of physical, mental and emotional factors. The ancient
science of Ayurveda advises us to follow certain daily and seasonal routines so
was can keep ourselves in an optimum state.
One can suffer naturally
in this season from problems such as common cold and sinus congestion, cough,
sore throat and runny nose. If you follow these regimes I can assure you most
of your problems will be taken care of and you won’t need to become a slave to
anti-histamine and flu shots;
1. Brush your teeth and scrape your tongue
Within 5 minutes
of getting up, go to the bathroom and brush your teeth and scrape your tongue
with a copper tongue scraper to remove the toxins that have accumulated there
overnight. Anyone suffering from anxiety will always have light white or
brownish coating on their tongues. This is nothing but toxins produced by the
2. Morning De-tox drink
brushing and scrapping make a drink:
¼ tsp of grated ginger
½ tsp of lemon juice
½ tsp of honey
½ tsp of fenugreek
Fenugreek is good to take
excess mucous from body’s tissue as well it works with fat metabolism and
counters sluggishness from lymph.
3. Steam inhalation
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.
4. Nasal drops
At least three times a week, put three drops of warm sesame oil in each nostril
and massage the area x3 times.
This will help counter congestion from deep seated mucous in sinus areas as well as heaviness
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.
One should eat warm nourishing food and 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
7. Eat almonds and raisins
as a snack instead of muffin and cake.