spring clean

In Ayurveda, Spring is Kapha aggravation Season. Kapha is heavy and sticky, and so too is Spring!

In Ayurveda, the internal environment often reflects what’s happening in the external environment. During Spring our bodies can get very congested and produce excessive amounts of mucous. Ayurveda gives recommendations for each season to diminish or balance the effect of the aggravated Dosha.

Here are some simple Ayurvedic tips for springtime:

  • Reduce foods that are heavy, sticky, sour and sweet. Examples: potatoes, pasta, fried foods, processed foods, junk food, etc
  • Reduce dairy as it increases mucous congestion. If you are having dairy make sure it’s only in small amounts, warm or well seasoned (example: add black pepper to cheese, etc).
  • Barley is one of the most suitable grains to eat during this time. It has the ability to dry up excess mucous in the body, regulate blood sugars and cleanse the lymphatic system. You can add pearled barley to soups & stews or you can have rolled barley instead of oats, as porridge for breakfast.
  • Lighten your diet and start enjoying the seasonal greens that are on offer. (try some wild crafted Nettles, dandelion greens, chickweed and cleavers if you can – great blood cleansers for this time of year)
  • Start exercising (if you’re not used to exercising then start slowly and build up your level of fitness gradually).
  • Get out there and soak up the bountiful nature. Spring is such a fantastic time to experience the renewal of nature – get out there and enjoy it. (If you’re feeling a little unmotivated join a local walking club/cycle club, etc).
  • Avoid afternoon naps! At this time of year you don’t want to slow your body’s metabolism down any more than it should. It’s the time of year you should be getting active not lazing around. Save those lazy afternoon naps for the hotter summer months (fingers crossed we get some;).

In Ayurveda, seasonal cleanses are usually done to minimise the aggravated Dosha. In Spring, Kapha must be reduced. This can be done via dietary correction, cleanses and herbs. Spring is the perfect time to make adjustments and clear out the sticky heavy toxins that have gathered over the winter months.

If you would like to do an Ayurvedic Seasonal cleanse please get in touch 061 622751

To learn more about Ayurvedic nutrition or the medicinal use of spices join one of our seasonal Ayurvedic cooking classes or our Ayurvedic Kitchen medicine class.

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About the author – Doug Hyde

Doug is an Ayurvedic practitionertherapist teacher and the co-owner of Satmya. He was first introduced to Ayurveda in 1998 and has pursued his passion for this ancient science ever since. Read more here