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Ayurvedic wisdom for your good health…

May is the month to gradually letting go of spring and inviting the summer heat. Whereas some of us love the heat, there are some, who cannot tolerate the heat or get adversely affected. Here are few ayurvedic tips that can be incorporated to balance ourselves in the heat.

Ayurveda explains that excess heat (Imbalanced Pitta) in the body can be seen to manifest in a wide range of conditions like skin ulcers, acne, rosacea, sunburn, heartburn, high blood pressure, liver weakness, general fatigue, diarrhea, dehydration, insomnia and others.

Here are few cooling recipes from our Ayurvedic Kitchen:

■ Hydrating Rasa – Blend some dates and raisins, in coconut water. Add some fresh lemon juice and a pinch of salt. This blend provides and instant support for dehydration. Excellent replenishment after swimming or outdoor games or after school.

■ Skin Burns, Acne, Rosacea – Apply fresh Aloe pulp on your skin before and after sun exposure. Alternatively, make a face pack paste with this mixture: ½ tsp Sandalwood powder, ½ tsp orange zest or Pomegranate skin powder / or Neem leaf powder and a pinch of turmeric powder. You may add cool water or cold milk to make the paste. Apply the face pack with gentle massage on the face. Leave it for about 15 mins until it is dried. Wash off gently with cool water.

■ Heartburn – ½ cup cold milk (Cow, Almond or Rice) with ½ tsp of brown sugar. Gives quick relief.

■ Mint and Cilantro chutney – Blend in some fresh mint—Cilantro leaves to make a paste. You could also add some avocado and tomatoes. Add salt to taste and if preferred, squeeze in some fresh lime juice. Alternatively, mint and cilantro blended in 8 to 10 ounces water or coconut juice helps for high blood pressure.

■ Liver Detox – Put 1tsp of coarsely ground cumin and coriander seeds in glass. Pour 10 oz hot water over it and seep through the night. Next morning strain the liquid and make it luke warm. Drink this on an empty stomach. Doing this for 21 days before summer helps to cleanse the liver and support the hepatocytes for its normal physiological functions. After the 21 days, depending on the level of toxins accumulated in the body, some might also need a deeper cleansing in the form of purgation (Virechana). Virechana should be done under the supervision of an ayurvedic practitioner.

Please note that this article holds general information. Our body might respond differently depending on its unique constitution. For a deeper analysis of the body constitution please contact Rashana or your Ayurvedic practitioner.

For questions or comments, call 925-255-5375, Rashana R. Sharma (BHMS, CCH, AWP) or visit ChetnaCenter.com.

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