Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
Rainer Maria Rilke
In Ayurveda, spring is a time of cleansing and rejuvenation for people, animals and the planet. (Panchakarma is often performed at this change of season.) Snow and ice are melting, animals are waking up from hibernation and rain is soaking the earth in many parts of the world as both flora and fauna prepare for another season. For us humans, spring can have a deep effect on our physiology: we sense and prepare for a lightening, a cleansing, a renewal on all levels, and we know that the planet is naturally supporting that process in us.
Spring is also primetime for colds, coughs, congestion, hay fever and debilitating allergies. But following Ayurvedic principles when creating a set daily routine and choosing treatments and remedies can help us stay vibrant, healthy and congestion-free so we can enjoy all of the beauty and renewal that spring has to offer!
For those of you who are Ayurvedic practitioners, here are our top 10 products that we recommend to have on hand for your clients suffering from Spring/Kapha/Vata-related issues. If you are a patient looking for remedies to support your health this spring, ask your practitioner about the following products! (If you are a looking for a practitioner, please contact us and we will connect you with one of our affiliates.)1. Dasamulaharitaki Leham
This Ayurvedic herbal jam is used to support the treatment of respiratory ailments and hoarseness of voice. It balances all three of the Doshas and is rich in nutrition.
Chyavanaprasam is a very well-known herbal jam used to support the treatment of colds, coughs, asthma, weak immunity and constipation, among many other health problems. It balances all three of the Doshas.
3. Triphala Powder
The name Triphala refers to the three fruits that make up this formula: Haritaki, Vibhitaki and Amla. It is a famous churnam that is highly effective in cleansing the digestive tract and toning the small intestine, thus its ability to boost immunity.
4. Amrita Arishtam
Amrita Arishtam is a liquid remedy used to relieve and prevent fevers and boost immunity. Amrita refers to the main ingredient in this product, Guduchi. It balances all three of the Doshas, especially Pitta Dosha.
5. Sukumara Leham
Sukumara Leham is an Ayurvedic herbal jam used to support the treatment of fevers. It balances three of the Doshas, especially Pitta Dosha. It increases overall vigor and strengthens digestion.
6. Ashwagandha Arishtam
Ashwagandha Arishtam is a liquid Ayurvedic product used to boost energy and strengthen digestion, thus its effectiveness in fighting springtime maladies. It balances all three of the Doshas, especially Vata and Pitta Dosha.
7. Nalpamaradi Coconut Skin Oil
Nalpamaradi Oil is an Ayurvedic massage oil that contains turmeric and sandalwood. Using this tailam balances both Pitta and Kapha Dosha. Warming it lightly before using it for abhyanga can also help to balance Vata and boost immunity, strengthening your body against potential or existing colds, coughs and fevers.
8. Aravinda Asavam
Aravinda Asavam improves digestion and supports strength and a healthy body weight in children. It is also useful as a general tonic for all childhood complaints, so if your child is suffering from colds and coughs, this can be an ideal remedy. It balances all three of the Doshas, especially Kapha and Vata.
9. Draksha Arishtam
Draksha Arishtam is a liquid Ayurvedic remedy used mainly for supporting the treatment of both respiratory and intestinal disorders. Draksha refers to raisins, which is the main ingredient in Draksha Arishtam. It balances Vata and Pitta Dosha.
10. Vilwadi Leham
Vilwadi Leham is an Ayurvedic herbal jam used to support the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, acid peptic disease and weak digestion. It enhances your body's natural ability to absorb nutrients, so that combined with it's digestion-strengthening qualities make it an ideal springtime remedy.
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The purpose of this article is to provide information about Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have serious acute or chronic health problems, please consult a trained health professional or physician. If you are seeking the health advice of a certified Ayurvedic practitioner or doctor, please call us at (800) 215 – 9934 or email us. We will provide you with the contact information of our affiliated Ayurvedic professionals. Check with your physician before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.
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AYURVEDIC KWATHAM V/S KASHAYAM
Kashayam is the most widely used Ayurvedic herbal remedy and commonly prescribed by many Ayurvedic doctors. These are herbal decoctions; the herbs water-soluble active ingredients are extracted into simmering water. Water-soluble herbs are more easily absorbed by the intestines, this allows for quick action bringing about the desired effect.
Ahh, Kapha. A Dosha that we all have, made up of earth and water. It gives us many of our best human qualities, such as our grounding, stability and warm emotions. When in excess however, it can have negative consequences on our overall health.
To reduce or pacify kapha, Ayurveda has given us dietary, lifestyle and herbal treatment strategies. To reduce Kapha, emphasize stimulation, exercise, lightening, warming and drying in your diet and lifestyle.