There is no doubt that Fall is in the air. However, there seems to be more in the air than the wafting scent of spiced pumpkin lattes and leaves fluttering to the ground. Coughing, sneezing and runny noses surround us. The following traditional Ayurvedic techniques can assist the natural cleansing and rejuvenating process of your body and stay healthy during this time of seasonal transition.
Tongue Scraping. This is easy and takes less than a minute. Purchase a quality tongue scraper to use before or after you brush your teeth. Tongue scraping is believed to aid in digestion, improve oral health, and aid in the cleansing of the immune system.
Neti Pot. Nasal cleansing has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda. However, many contemporary doctors are also recommending this simple at-home therapy, that uses a saltwater solution that passes through your sinuses. As the salt water solution drains, it eliminates the congestion stuck inside.
Nasaya. This is the application of oil, often medicated with herbs and essential oils, into the nostrils. It is recommended to follow Neti with Nasya. This simple therapy has countless benefits, but the immediate ones are the lubrication and detoxification of the sinuses. Performing Nasya regularly is believed to help calm the mind, assist in the beneficial flow of prana and give clarity to speech.
Self Massage (Abyanga). Before your morning shower or bath, warm your favorite massage oil (for example, almond, sesame, coconut, etc.) and give yourself a self-loving rubdown. Ideally, you would do a little at home yoga too, perhaps some sun salutations and get the body warm and moving for about 20 minutes. In addition to the benefits of detoxification, you will have thanked your muscles for their hard work, improved your circulation, and calmed your nervous system.
Earthy Diet. Take advantage of the season’s bounty of root vegetables. Eating meals at regular times will help keep you regular. When your body is congested with undigested food, it makes it that much harder to neutralize the germs that make us sick.