Four ways to help nourish and hydrate your body and build your immunity (ojas)

Coming out of a hot-dry summer season and moving into fall.  Fall is Vata time.  The weather cooling down, the wind picking up and leaves changing.  These are 5 simple ways to help keep your body in balance through these changes. To balance Vata increase Kapha.  This is can be done by...

 1) Put chai seeds in your water.  Chai seeds have a great benefits for your body.  They come from a plant called Salvia Hispanica grown in South America.  Chia is the mayan word for "strength".  They are rich in minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and omega 3 essential fatty acids.  Let them plump up in your water and drink through out the day.  

 2) Abhyanga.  Daily self massage with oils and salves.  Try the Sunshine Daydream Salve with its soothing Lavender and Chamomile scent and healing Calendula properties.  Massaging the skin releases healing chemicals called endorphins that trigger a euphoric feeling and calm your body and mind.  Massage also increases circulation and helps the body remove toxins.  So, take the time to oil your body.  Try it before your shower and lightly rinse off or at night before bed.  I bet you sleep well.

 3) Eat more seaweeds.  During this dry time your body craves dry crackers and popcorn.  This is the worst foods to eat, they only increase dry.  But, dried seaweeds give the same crunch and lots of nourishing benefits.  Adding seaweed to your diet also helps you modestly boost your intake of calcium, an essential mineral. Most of your body's calcium goes toward keeping your bones and teeth strong.  Sea vegetables contain iron. Iron helps you produce energy needed to fuel your day-to-day activities, and also helps nourish your circulatory system to improve blood flow to your tissues. 

 4) Oil pulling, also known as "kavala" or "gundusha," is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This action supposedly draws out toxins in your body and calms your nerves.  Helps with bad breathe and strengthen your teeth and gums. Lessens jaw pain (TMJ sufferers noted great improvement), sleep problems and sinus issues.  Alleviation of headaches, hangovers and skin issues.  So before bed gargle a tablespoon of olive oil for a couple of minutes and you will feel its calming and nourishing effects.