Winters in India are generally Cold and Dry. In Ayurveda terms, it is a season dominated by Vata. People already with Vata constitution witness extreme dryness in winters while people with Kapha constitution witness least dryness in winters. In order to know your constitution, click here
Ayurveda considers the digestion system at the center of balanced lifestyle and optimum health. The ancient wisdom stressed on igniting the digestive fire for healthy immunity. Winter is a time when fire reduces resulting in poor immunity.
Massage with Sesame Oil for Dry Skin
Best Tip Alert for Skin - The chilly winds in winter can play havoc for your skin if not taken care properly. The season makes the skin dry, dull and dehydrated. Pamper your Skin especially in Winters. Use a warm, heavy oil such as Sesame Oil. The oil creates a protective layer and avoids loss of moisture.
Use Almond Oil for Hair Fall
Best Tip Alert for Hair - Dandruff more often than not is a sign of Dryness. Few minutes spent in the evening massaging your hair would go a long way in increasing blood flow to the scalp. Charak Samhita, a Sanskrit Text on Ayurveda quotes,"One who applies oil on his head regularly does not suffer from headaches, baldness or greying of hair". We recommend 100% pure Almond Oil to care of your Hair this winter.
Those Lips need Ghee not Balm Wax
Best Tip Alert for Lips - For long, we have paid our visits to a retail store nearby to buy one of the Lip Balms to avoid dry, flaky, chapped and non-shiny lips. Well long before long, people used to just go to Kitchen and apply some ghee on lips. It saves time, is 100% Natural and by the way saves money. Simple, Convenient & Affordable Ayurveda
The Clear Soup Recipe
Freshly chopped Beans, Carrots, Cauliflower & Broccoli added to a bowl of water. Follow it with a pinch of black pepper and Himalayan Pink salt to taste. Cover the pot and simmer over low flame until the vegetables become soft. Rich in Vitamin A, K and Protein; this soup works wonders. You can also add some oil or red chilli or Ayurvedic herbs. But we suggest keeping it simple & convenient.
The Spiced Milk Recipe
Milk is heavy and oily which is great for dryness of our body from inside. But milk is also cold and mucous (phlegm) forming. Having plain milk in winters will result in congestion of nose & throat. We suggest Spiced Milk. Add to One cup of Milk - One Cardamom (Elaichi), One Cinnamon Stick (Daalchini), One Black Pepper Pod (Kali Mirch Saabut) and One dried Turmeric slice. Simmer over low flame for 15 mins. Filter and enjoy your cup !
CCFG Tea Recipe
Half Teaspoon each of Cumin (Jeera), Coriander (Dhaniya), Fennel (Saunf) & Ginger (Adrak) added to Four cups of water. Heat the water over high heat. Once the water starts boiling, strain out the liquid in a thermos flask. Sip the water throughout the day.
Jump to Jaggery after your Meals
In the wintertime, we often feel cold and more dry. Our skin gets dry, our sinuses begin to dry out, and even our joints dry out. As a result, the mucus membranes in the body start to become irritated and produce more mucus—and mucus is a breeding ground for colds, flu, and bacteria. Any food that’s packed with nutrients and helps detox the body is great for your immune system and so, jaggery is believed to be one of the best immune-boosting foods available to humankind. This is also the reason why jaggery is consumed more during winter when your body needs that extra immunity boost to help keep cold, flu and other diseases at bay. It is made with sugarcane in North India; date, coconut or other palm trees in East, West and South India. Jaggery, no matter which part of India you hail from, is an integral part of our food culture.
Find your Roots in your Plate
Every meal that you have in winter should have root vegetables in raw or cooked form. While, carrots can be enjoyed raw as salad but sweet potato is extremely delicious when slightly boiled.
The common knowledge is whichever plant grows underground is a root vegetable. Actually, a true root vegetable must also function as the root of a plant. For example, onions grow underground but it is not a root and hence, not a root vegetable. A root absorbs moisture and essential nutrients from the soil, which is why winter root vegetables are SO nutrient-dense!
Winter is Coming. Go Nuts
The winter season is great to feast on nuts and seeds. While you can eat a few of them during the summers as well, most of these dried fruits produce heat in the body. Nuts are rich in heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats, which lower LDL or "bad" cholesterol. Digesting good fats generate heat and hence, the cold weather makes it suitable for people to eat nuts without getting internal heat. Most nuts can nourish and strengthen kidneys, brain, and heart. In addition, eating nuts in winter helps keep warm and improve physical quality. make sure that you have fresh nuts and seeds instead of those that have added salt or sugar, or are coated with chocolate. Eating those can definitely lead to unnecessary weight gain.