Ayurveda Inputs:

  • According to Ayurveda, Summer or “Grishmaritu” is when the average atmospheric  temperature varies from 30’C to 45’C.
  • Due the high temperature & high humiditylevels, pitta (humour) dosha will be predominant  during grishmaritu (Summer).
  • Dehydration, exhaustion, dizziness, heat stroke, dryness of skin, heat burn etc., are some of the complications that one experiences during summer.
  • Following Ayurveda regimens are found to be helpful & effective in managing the above complications & balancing pitta.

Recommended Ayurveda Herbs:

 

  Frequent usage of these herbs helps in effectively tackle complications arising out of excessive heat as all of these pacify vitiated pitta.

Khas khas grassUshira(Bot.Name:Vetiveriazizanoides/Eng.Name:KhusKhus Grass)

Yashtimadhu

Yashtimadhua-(Bot.Name:GlycyrrhizaGlabra/Eng.Name:Liquorice)

amla

Amla-(Bot.Name:Emblicaofficnalis/Eng.Name:Indian gooseberry)

Sariva

Sariva or Anantamoola – (Bot.Name:HemidesmusIndicus/Eng.Name:IndianSarsaparilla)

Redsandalwood

Chandana-(Bot.Name:Santalum Album/Eng.Name:Sandalwood)  

aloe-vera 

Kumari- (Bot.Name:AloeBarbadensis/ Eng.Name:Aloe vera)

It is recommended that you consult an Ayurveda physician before choosing the herbs, the mode of usage and dosage for best results.

  • Recommended Ayurveda Treatments:
  1. Navarakizhi / Shashtikashali Pinda Swedana
  2. Thalapothchil
  3. Ksheeradhara
  4. Shirodhara (With specific cooling [sheetaveeryatailas] oils)
  5. Synchronized Abhyanga (With specific cooling [sheetaveeryatailas] oils)

All theseAyurveda treatments are recommended not just to cool down the body, but to rejuvenate the body, mind & remove toxins from the body.

 

  • Recommended Ayurvedatailas (oils):

 

  1. These herbal oils can be very effective in balancing pitta, but it is recommended that you consult an Ayurveda physician before choosing oils for best results:
  2. Chandanadi oil (apply on head & body), Bringamalakadi oil (apply on head), Baladhatrydadi (apply on head & body), Dhatrydaigrutam (for internal usage)  are the suitbale oils & grutas (ghee – clarified butter based prepatrations).
  • Diet Recommendation:
  1. Spices & Herbs: Liberal usage of Mint, Cardamom, Fennel seeds, Coriander seeds, Fenugreek seeds are effective in tackling the heat of summer.
  2. Fruits & Vegetables: Watermelon, Muskmelon, Pomegranate, Lemon, Green grapes(sweet),Cucumber, Bottlegourd, Snake gourd, Ridge gourd, Zucchini, Squash, Celery, Coriander, Spinach, parsley.

Avoid:

  1. Food that is too spicy or sour (vinegar, chillies, pepper should be avoided or minimised)
  2. Over intake of  coffee, tea, pickles, aerated drinks, alcohol should be avoided as much as possible.

Recommended Ayurveda Drink:

Shadanga Paniyam:

Ingredients:   

nut grass

Mustaka (Botanical Name:CyperusRotundus)

Pitpapra

Pitpapara(Botanical Name:FumariaIndica)

Ushira

Ushira(Botanical Name:VetiveriaZizanoides)

chandan

Chandhana(Botanical Name: Santalum album)  OR

Redsandalwood

Raktachanadan(Botanical Name:Pterocarpus Santalum)

Pavonia odorata

Natrabala(Botanical Name:Pavonia Odorata)

ginger

Shunti(Botanical Name:Zingiber Offinale)

 

decocPreparation:

  1. Take 100 grams of all the above said ingredients; make it in to coarse powder.
  2. Take 1250 ml of water, add 10 gram of the above mixture and boil it until the water is reduced to half the quantity. Filter it to remove the herbal residue and allow it to cool for 12 hours.
  3. The preparation can be taken after 12 hours of preparation, twice or thrice in a day. A maximum 500 ml can be taken in a day.  

 

 

Indications:

Thirst (trshna), Burning Sensation (Daha), Fever (Jwara), Head ache, Dehydration, Exhaustion, excessive sweating.

Naturopathy Inputs:

Cold Compress:

  • Dipping towel in cold water, squeeze the toweland  apply it over the head & neck.
  • Duration: 5 minutes, once in day, immediately after sun exposure will be very effective.

Ice Application:

 

  • Rubbing ice cubes over the spinal cord.
  • Duration: 5 minutes, once in day, immediately after sun exposure will be very effective.
  • Both Cold compress & Ice application can be very helpful in relaxing, cooling down the body.

Water Intake:

  • One should ensure that adequate quantity of water is consumed during summer as there will be excessive fluid discharge from the body due to heat and humidity.
  • Frequency & colour of urine are the main indicators through which we can understand if water intake is sufficient or not.
  • Lesser  frequency of urination, colour of urine turning yellow, burning sensation experienced indicate that the fluid intake is not sufficient.Ideally the colour of urine should be clear, like water and not yellow.

Mud application:

  • Application of mud paste, preferably black mud – on the palms & soles, even whole body also can be effective in balancing body temperature.
  • The above line of treatment can be carried out twice in a week.

Juices:

  • Consumption of seasonal fruits, preferably in the form of juice can be very helpful in rehydrating the body and to avoid complications like dehydration, dizziness etc.

Water Fasting:

  • Once in week “water fasting” is recommended, as it helps the body to repair itself.