Fall tips for vata, pitta and kapha

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Fall is here with all the joys of autumn leaves, crisp apples and harvest time. Yet it also brings change-of-season sniffles, aches and pains and insomnia. For vata, fall can be the most challenging time of year. Support your health with warming Trinity Tea, made from tulsi, fresh ginger and turmeric. This tea fights off viruses, calms vata and is anti-inflammatory for aches and pains. Massage your body with sesame oil and take a warm ginger bath. And enjoy soups and kitcheri seasoned with vata- soothing spices such as cumin, ginger and cinnamon.

Tulsi Flower

Tulsi Flower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For pitta, fall provides a welcome relief from summer heat. Yet cold weather brings its own challenges, as the fire we built up all summer long internalizes in our body. To prevent inflammatory illnesses such as strep throat during the winter, take advantage of fall to cleanse out old pitta with triphala or amlaki tea before bed. You may also experience some vata symptoms such as restlessness or backache during vata season. In that case, you too can enjoy tulsi, ginger and turmeric tea as well as doing self massage with warm sunflower oil.

As for kapha, fall is the time to prepare for winter kapha season with the attendant colds, flu and bronchitis. Using cleansing herbs such as triphala will help remove the toxins which feed winter respiratory infections, while warming blends like trikatu will also help by burning away toxins. And the magical tulsi, ginger and turmeric tea will help you as well by inducing sweating and helping remove kapha toxins. If you develop vata aches and pains during fall season, rub on mustard oil or castor oil and take a hot ginger bath.

And of course, if you get the opportunity to do an Ayurvedic cleanse, known as pancha karma, fall is the perfect time. A fall pancha karma can be a key factor in preventing winter ailments. An Ayurvedic practitioner can help you plan a home cleanse or treatments with a pancha karma therapist.

With the support of Ayurvedic teas, spices and massage oils, you can enjoy the beauties and richness of autumn and minimize the discomforts.

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Alakananda Devi (Alakananda Ma) is director of Alandi Ayurvedic Clinic in Boulder, Colorado, and principal teacher of Alandi School of Ayurveda, a traditional ayurvedic school and apprenticeship program. She can be reached at 303-786-7437 or by email at: info@alandiashram.org.

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