In Ayurveda, spring is a time of energy, vitality and celebration, but the changing environment leads to changes in the constitutional balance that must be addressed through changes in diet and lifestyle. In addition, the change of seasons can affect some of us differently from others, for example.although the blooming flowers make the Vata and Pitta individuals happy, the resulting Pollen aggravates the allergies in the Kapha constitutions. Therefore, Kapha types should take special care to include some of these seasonal recommendations in their routines.
Winter, a Vata season, tends to eat more when the body’s digestive fire burns lower than usual, which leads to an accumulation of toxins. There is no superior time than spring to get rid of it! Increase the consumption of hot liquids such as herbal teas and walk more — skip the car and take your child to the Bus or school, or skip the elevator to take that stairmatter – whenever you can. You may even want to try a cleansing juice (apple, pomegranate or berry juices are best) and prefer bitter and strong flavors. It is also important to avoid all heavy and fatty foods this season and reduce your intake of dairy products — these foods are Kapha-gen and tend to slow you down. Choose cereals such as millet, Quinoa or Couscous, which help your body to cleanse itself naturally, and add Triphala (an Ayurvedic herb available in most health food stores) with a cup of hot water at night to gently improve your detoxification.
Simplify Your Skin Care.
In winter, we tend to pile on thick creams because the cold winter air is dry. Most creams are made of waxes, water and synthetic perfumes with a little oil. The wax is used to form a layer on the skin to lock in moisture. However, over time, this accumulation of wax can lead to clogged pores, preventing the active mixtures from penetrating the skin and releasing nutrients. Start your spring routine with a gentle scrub two to three times a week – I love nut powder and honey for a wonderful DIY scrub. Strengthen it with a drop or two of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar (but only if your skin tolerates it). Also – mask more, up to two to three times a week
Spring is the perfect time to switch to an ultra-absorbent facial oil that delivers nutrients deep into your epidermis, but without clogging the pores. Contrary to the traditional assumption that oils can make you more oily, natural oils are a great way to quickly bring all the benefits of antioxidants and vitamins to the skin without the disadvantages of wax and synthetic fragrances. Because oils, especially essential oils, have a high concentration of oxygen and are lipophilic or oily, they quickly cross the lipid barrier of the skin and bounce more effectively with the active mixtures while preventing water loss. This wave of active mixtures instantly provides a healthy glow thanks to increased blood circulation and oxygenation, while acting at the cellular level to balance, heal and stimulate cell renewal.
If you suffer from acne, try to treat it with natural mixtures that do not dry out the skin, such as benzoyl peroxide and harsh chemicals. Aloe Vera and turmeric (add them to your diet!) can be powerful anti-inflammatories in a face mask, while Tea tree, cloves and Neem help to eliminate bacteria without excessively drying out the skin. Also add iron and magnesium to your diet if you are prone to acne, as this can help prevent breakouts.
Spring in action!
If you are the type of person who likes to sleep, try waking up earlier in the spring and taking a bperil morning walk or taking a walk to get your juices flowing (sleeping can be relaxing in winter when it’s Vata Season, but strong spring Kapha guarantees more activity to keep the Dosha balanced). Start your day with sun salutations and try other reducing Kapha poses such as a boat, a bow, a grasshopper, a lion or a camel. Breathing exercises can be especially useful in the spring to wake up the body and stimulate energy, such as Bhastrika breathing. To do this, sit with your shoulders relaxed and breathe several times through your nose to expand your belly. Exhale vigorously through the nose, then inhale vigorously every second.