Spring is here a time of awakening and change. As we get out into the garden, plant seedlings, dust away cobwebs at home, we move away from the heavy energy of the previous months. As sun melts snow in the mountains, our bodies get rid of excess mucus in the body. Spring colds, chesty coughs and hay fever from flowers shedding pollen can all increase at this time of year. Very simply keep food light and warm and get the lymph system moving with some vigorous and dynamic exercise. In early spring the predominant elements according to Ayurveda are earth and water. When there is an imbalance in the system we can feel heavy, lethargic, congested, possessive, and depressed. In the Chinese system the organs for this season are the liver and gallbladder so it’s great time to detoxify and cleanse. Take note however as we shift into the warmer days, more of a summer balancing regime will be needed.
Here are a few guidelines to staying healthy and balanced in Spring……
- On rising drink warm water with lemon with a little honey or ginger
- Take an early morning walk or do some exercise.
- Vary your routine
- Avoid daytime sleeps.
- Food: Include bitter, astringent and detoxifying such as green leafy veg, legumes like yellow split peas, red lentils, pinto beans. Add hot spices such as black pepper, cayenne and chilli. Onions, ginger and garlic can also be used.
- Avoid: heavy, oily, sour, sweet, salty food, too much dairy, iced food and drinks.
- Add some honey to your diet it’s both heating and soothing and helpful for those with allergies.
- Sauna: A desert environment where air is warm can help with excess mucus, so if you can’t get to the desert try a sauna. Continue with regular massaging.
- Teas: Try cumin, coriander and fennel
- Yoga: Practice should be dynamic and invigorating. Energetically the focus is on energy rising up, include dynamic sun salutations, twists, backbends and inversions.
- Remember: Cold, cloudy, damp weather, eating dairy products, wheat and meat and sitting around will only increase the imbalance. Like increase like soho for the opposite.
Resources: Dr Vasant Lad: The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies Yoga for your Type, David Frawley & Sandra Summerfield Kozak. Staying Healthy with the Seasons, Elson M Haas.