Vata, in particular, is governed by the elements of space and air. It is considered to be cold, dry, changeable and moving. It is not surprising that the constant fluctuations in weather patterns are upsetting, especially for those with a predominance of vata in their nature. Vata is most sensitive to change so it becomes important to work with compassion during this time of transition to avoid unnecessarily increasing the vata within your constitution. Like exacerbates like in Ayurveda, so the more you are consistently influenced by something, then you are more likely you are to experience its negative effects. Vata disorders may demonstrate as digestive issues, anxiety or joint and muscle conditions.
Fortunately there are plenty of lifestyle changes we can make to move effortlessly into autumn. Why don’t you try some of the following Ayurvedic lifestyle tips?
A traditional Indian spiced tea that has been drunk for centuries for its reputed Ayurvedic properties. Ayurveda is the ancient Indian science of holistic self healing. Masala chai tea not only tastes fantastic but it also has amazing beneficial properties and nothing can replace a homemade version! Chai means "milky tea". Add spices and you get "masala chai" . A lovely warming winter brew to boost up your immunity, beat fatigue and act against inflammation. The spices whilst excellent on their own, when fused together synergise to create a wonderfully powerful tea that is so so good for you. Normally tea can be acidic but when combined with spices its acidic nature is reduced and the digestive and pancreatic enzymes are stimulated and increased. In ayurveda, masala chai is "sattvic" and has a calming and balancing effect. Thus helpful in stabilising those annoying pre-menstrual hormones.
I've listed below the recipe the individual health benefits of the spices of this beautiful tea. Definitely read on!
5 teaspoons of loose black tea (or 3 bags)
* darjeeling * assam * orange pekoe *
2 cups of whole milk
2 cups of water
1 cinnamon stick
10 green cardamom pods
4 black peppercorns (white works well too)
3 teaspoons of honey/light brown sugar to taste
1/4 teaspoon of fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or nutmeg
2 star anise
Organic honey and cider vinegar detox
I have long been a fan of honey and I always take the opportunity to buy local varieties whenever I travel anywhere. How can you not resist the taste of something produced so lovingly by nature? It boosts the immune system and a great natural remedy for many ailments. The natural sugars are absorbed quickly into the system to boost energy levels.
Imagine how excited I was to discover that combined with cider vinegar it makes a wonderful, simple and cheap detox solution. Cider vinegar is fantastic for the digestion and is known for its ability to slow down premature aging and its ability to assist the body to flush out toxin. It is no secret that cider vinegar has been used as a folk remedy for many years.
If you have an intolerance to cow's milk you may be looking elsewhere for a suitable milk substitute. Almond milk may just be it. It is not only nutritious and deliciously creamy, it is incredibly easy to make too. If you have tried shop bought almond milk and not enjoyed it you might like to think about making your own. In my opinion, it is much nicer. Almond milk keeps for about 5 days in a sealed jug in the fridge so give it a go, you have nothing to lose. Here's how.