The climate is changing all over the world in an unprecedented fashion. We too have seen a fair share of these changes in recent times. While we all must do what we can do to save the planet it is also important to save ourselves.  Ayurveda has some sensible and easy-to-implement advice for the rainy season which we have had in plenty lately.  In particular, Abhaynga massage is highly recommended for bringing balance, removing toxins, and preparing our body for change.

The rainy winter months can bring specific challenges to the body, such as increased moisture, cool temperatures, and dampness. Ayurveda recommends adjusting your lifestyle and diet to counteract these effects and maintain balance during this season.

Here are some Ayurvedic care tips for the rainy winter months:

Maintain Warmth: It’s important to keep the body warm during this season, as the combination of rain and cold temperatures can make the body more susceptible to imbalances. Dress in warm layers, use blankets and ensure that your living space is adequately heated.
Balance Moisture: The rainy season can increase moisture levels in the body, leading to feelings of heaviness and congestion. To counteract this, consume warm, dry, and light foods. Avoid heavy, oily, and cold foods that can further increase dampness in the body.
Adjust Your Diet: Include warming spices and herbs in your meals to help improve digestion and strengthen immunity. Ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, and turmeric are excellent choices. Focus on cooked, warm, and easily digestible foods such as soups, stews, steamed vegetables, and herbal teas.
Stay Hydrated: While it may seem contradictory, it’s essential to stay properly hydrated even during the rainy season. Drink warm water throughout the day to aid digestion and flush out toxins. Avoid excessive consumption of cold or iced beverages.
Support Digestion: During this season, it’s common for digestion to become sluggish. To support healthy digestion, eat mindfully, chew your food thoroughly, and avoid overeating. Consider incorporating digestive spices such as cumin, coriander, and fennel in your meals.
Practice Abhyanga (Self-Massage): Regular self-massage with warm oils is beneficial during the rainy winter months. Use oils like sesame or coconut and gently massage your body before taking a warm shower. This practice helps to improve circulation, relieve tension, and promote relaxation.
Boost Immunity: Rainy winter months can increase the risk of seasonal illnesses. To support your immune system, consider herbal supplements or formulations recommended by an Ayurvedic practitioner. Herbs like Ashwagandha, Amalaki, and Tulsi are known for their immune-boosting properties.
Maintain a Routine: Establish a daily routine that provides structure and stability. Wake up and go to bed at consistent times, have regular meals, and engage in light exercise or yoga to maintain balance during this season.

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