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Sneezing, itchy eyes, runny/congested nose, sounds familiar? This is also the time of year when plants and trees shed their pollens in the environment, a season of distress for allergy sufferers. For those who have delicate respiratory system, spring can also mean symptoms such as sinus congestion, cold, cough, ear ache and even asthmatic attacks. Cause of Spring Allergies
As per Ayurveda seasonal allergies are imbalances in the physiology caused by a reactive type of digestive toxin called amavisha( the simpler initial form of digestive impurities) . If the accumulation of ama in the digestive tract is not corrected, the ama eventually travels to different organs or tissues in the body and over time gets transformed into the more reactive amavisha Signs of amavisha varyfrom location to location in the body.If the Amavisha traveled to Lungs then there is Respiratory allergies.
Three main types of allergies
1. The first is Vata type where there is excessive rhinitis or excess dryness
2.The second is Pitta type where there is inflamed sinuses, internal heat, or excessive irritability or anger
3 . Third type of allergies is called kapha allergies and occurs when you are congested & feels fatigue.
- Drink ginger tea .
- Nasya: Sniff sesame oil deeply into both nostrils two to three times a day.
- Ginger root tea- Three to four cups per day; also, chew small pieces as a lozenge
- Nasya: Sniff coconut oil deeply into both nostrils two to three times a
- Turmeric powder - half teaspoon with ¼ cup warm milk, three times a day after meals
- Licorice - half teaspoon with warm water after meals Maintain a liquid diet one day per week, as ama-reducing therapy This liquid diet is primarily fruits and vegetables. Go for lots of soups. Meals should be warm.
Season Of Kapha
Spring is the Kapha season, where there is more of the heavy, earthy, watery Kapha dosha predominant. So the ayurvedic dietary recommendations are to eat more pungent, bitter and astringent foods.Start cooking with ginger and black pepper.
- To detoxify your body during the allergy season, eat lots of green vegetables and summer squashes, such as zucchini or lauki. These are cooling and pacify the reactivity of amavisha & Pitta .
- Spice your food. These spices are powerful in fighting allergies. Turmeric is anti-allergic, cumin helps stop the creation of ama, coriander seeds helps cellular detoxification, fennel is cooling and neutralizing, ginger is anti-ama and clear the channels, and black pepper cleanses the channels.
- Using warm water mixed with a little salt in a Neti pot, let the solution runs through and cleanse your nasal passages. Oiling inside your nostrils lubricates the nasal walls and prevents allergic reaction. You may also use 2-3 drops of Nasya oil (medicated oil) into your nostrils to prevent or alleviate sinus allergies.
- Practice Pranayama or breathing exercises. Bhastrika and Kapalabati is best for spring allergies. Breathing exercise done alone or during Yoga Asana helps strengthen your immunity and is beneficial for all types of allergies
- Drink plenty of luke warm water throughout the day, and avoid foods that are heavy or cold and foods that have a predominant sweet, sour or salty flavor. Minimize use of oils, ghee and salt.
About the Author
Meenakshi has studied Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery degree from India and stood first in the university. She went on to complete her 3 years Masters degree (MD Ayurveda) from a world known National Institute of Ayurveda in Jaipur, India. She is available for consultation at Pranaa Ayurveda Spa & Yoga .
PITTA SOOTHING TEA Bring to boil 4 cups of water. Remove from heat and add 2 Tbsps dried alfalfa leaves
3 Tsps dried comfrey root
1 Tbsp spearmint
1 Tbsp red clover
1/8 tsp fennel seeds
1 Tbsp dried hibiscs flowers
1 Tbsp rose petals.Cover for 10 mins.
Strain and sqeeze tea well. Food hot or cold. Sweeten with little maple syrup.
Plain chamomile or mint make good simple teas for calming Pitta.
Courtesy - Ayurvedic cooking for all by Amadea Morningstar ARCHIVES
Common Cold & its Management in Ayurveda
SPRING TIME RECIPES
COMMON HERBS TO HELP WITH STOMACH DISORDERS
Get your body ready for Fall
Protect your body in Summer/ Benefits of Amla
Benefits of Sesame Oil & Recipe to make Kichadi
HELP YOUR BACK PAIN – AYURVEDA WAY
WHY DETOX THIS SPRING?
The goodness of Ghee (clarified butter)
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