4 Easy Tips for Vata Season
As we deepen into fall and early stages of winter, we are also moving into Vata Season. The weather cooling down, the wind picking up and leaves changing. These swift changes can be abrupt for our systems and bring on acute illness, dry skin, sinus issues and more. To balance Vata, you need to increase Kapha. Here are 4 simple ways to help keep your body in balance throughout these changes...
1) Sip on Warm, Grounding Liquids. Because Vata Season can be cold and drying, you want to make sure that you are staying hydrated and warm throughout the entire day. An easy way to do this would be to brew up our Vata Balancing Chai Recipe and receive all of the nourishing and grounding benefits from the herbs. You could also sip on warmed Bone Broth or Veggie Stock.
2) Try Abhyanga. This simple act of daily self-massage with warm oils is one of the easiest way to keep your body from becoming overly Vata. Our Canyon Sun Body Oil is perfect for Vata Time with its earthy infused oils. 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 will sleep well. If you've never practiced Abhyanga, you can follow our guide.
3) Eat More Seaweed. During this time your body craves dry foods like crackers or popcorn. These are the worst kind of foods to eat during Vata Season because they only increase dryness. An easy solution can be to munch on dried seaweeds. They will give you the same crunch, but provide lots of nourishing benefits. Adding seaweed to your diet is deeply mineralizing for your body. Sea vegetables can contain iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, potassium, iodine and more! All of these help to keep your body in harmony and assist your body in fueling itself throughout the day.
4) Try Oil Pulling. Also known as "kavala" or "gundusha," Oil Pulling 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 draws out toxins in your body and calms your nerves. It can also improve bad breathe and strengthen your teeth and gums. Sinuses can be problematic during Vata time, so Oil Pulling helps to alleviate sinus issues and lessen jaw pain or tension. Before bed or first thing in the morning, gargle a tablespoon of our Cardamom Oil Pulling or any other oil you may have around the house such as coconut, sesame or olive. Swish it around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes to feel its calming and nourishing effects.