Monsoon brings relief from a harsh summer, but it is also the season that can cause many illnesses. Ayurveda treats monsoon as an important period to take extra care about body. This includes special treatment and specialised diets and habits just for the season.
During monsoon, ‘vata’ is most affected as it shoots up and there will be a mild increase in ‘pitta’ too. Monsoon will make digestion slow, bring down the immunity and general health of the body.
It is always good to have old grains, old rice, wheat, barley, soup of pulses, curds, grape wine or honey or any food with slight sour or a sweet and salty taste during monsoon. Ayurveda recommends drinking a mixture of a pinch of salt, pepper, long pepper and ginger to improve digestion.
At the same time, it is not advisable to have food with bitter, hot and astringent nature, which can upset the Vata-Pitta balance, during monsoon. Frozen food and oily food are to be avoided.
Ayurvedic health tips for Monsoon
Since outdoor movement will be restricted during monsoon, it is essential to stay active indoor. Massaging with one or two teaspoons of neem oil to half a cup of sesame oil before a hot water bath can arrest skin infections and itching sensations. It is always advisable to use hot water to bath so as to keep Vata under control. Hot water is preferred over cold water to drink too during the rainy season.
Those with diabetes should take extra care to keep their foot dry. Similarly, those with complaints of joint pains and arthritis should avoid sitting or lying on the floor. Contact with cold surface can shoot up Vata considerably, causing much pain.
As far as possible, avoid sleeping in the afternoon after lunch, as it further slows down the already slow digestion process. The most important thing during monsoon is to stay dry.
And of course, monsoon is the ideal time to go for Panchakarma treatment. This is when the body needs most of the support and rejuvenation therapies.