Beat the Seasonal Allergy with Ayurveda


Winter is near! Although winters are something that many people look forward to, there are some possible downsides – getting a cold or a sore throat is never far away after continuous exposure to the cold. The worst part if added is not being able to take a deep and clear breath of satisfaction. You feel like you are choked by your own nostrils. The itchy eyes, watery nose, unstoppable cough, sore throat come as close runner-ups.

Changing season brings a lot of alterations to the lifestyle. Even you must welcome the new living plans for each upcoming season so you never have to give a chance to the allergens to arrive and overtake your life.

There seems no real or meaningful way to treat or cure the always irritating allergies because there is no accurate cause of having one. You can be easily irritated by pollens in spring, cold in winter, and dust in summer and the list goes on. Unfortunately, you start feeling utterly helpless before any real help reaches you. Many of us give up while searching for a successful solution and become an addict to non-treating medicines and spend almost one-fourth of their income on various sources during their lifetime.

Thankfully, there is still a hope named Ayurveda, offers a unique perspective and a number of effective remedies with added treatments for winters and beyond. Ayurvedic approach to allergies provides open insights that will help to find some much-deserved allergy relief.

You might be familiar with the allergen aggravating dosha: Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. Therefore allergies are classified depending on which one is triggered in each individual case. More than one can be involved. We mainly develop allergies that are related to our constitution such as a Pitta-predominant individual is more likely to develop a Pitta type of allergy and a Kapha- predominant person will develop a Kapha type of allergy. However, it is also possible to develop allergies that are not related to our constitution. Whatever the case, let’s start by identifying the treatments in the Ayurvedic tradition.

While identifying the type of allergy you must understand that there are a number of treatment strategies contradicting the fact of your dosha-predominance. These treatments can complement any dosha-specific because they are universal.

Avoid the Allergen

You need to identify the allergen on the first place. Then avoiding the particular element can give your body an important rest from the over-active immune response. For example, if you are allergic to pollens do your best to stay out of its way for a while. Also, avoid contact with furry animals like dogs and cats and try to dress in cotton clothing.

Prioritize Proper Food Combining

Digestive system and immune function are intricately linked. Proper and balanced diet can provide essential support to improve digestive health, which in turn, can set the immune health in order.

Follow a Dosha-Pacifying Diet

This will vary from person to person. As discussed above dosha are most prominently at play in your trouble. Check out the types of symptoms and work accordingly. Kapha types of symptoms should follow a Kapha-pacifying diet. If Pitta is the player, follow a pitta-pacifying diet and in Vata types of allergies, you should follow a vata-pacifying diet.

Cleanse or Lubricate the Nostrils

Caring a little for the nostrils can help to mitigate the effect of allergens because nostrils work as the main host to the allergens to enter the body. The cleansing respiratory system supports clear breathing and a clear mind.  Nasya and Neti Pot are the main therapies introduced to oppose allergies. Nasya is a practice of applying an herbal oil or cow ghee to the nasal passage to nourish delicate tissues and promote clean breathing while providing a barrier against potentially disturbing allergens. But keep in mind it should not be performed by pregnant or menstruating women. Nasal Rinse or Neti Pot is described as pouring warm salt water through the nasal passages. It moistens the tissues and cleanses dust, dirt, pollen, other allergens, and excess mucus. If these practices are new to you please consult an expert.

Gargling

Throat allergy treatment in Ayurveda is simple to learn and follow. Gargling is recommended with a bit of honey in hot water or Turmeric powder or salt in hot water. Both are clarifying and soothing.

Herbs and formulas

Ayurveda is able to heal each individual by any means and this is inspirable. It offers many effective herbs and formulas to do the good. Sitopaladi, Talisadi, Trikatu, Ashwagandha, Bibhitaki,  Haritaki, Chyavanprash,   Cumin, Coriander, and Fennel can be chosen according to the requirement.

Healthy Eating Habits Proposed by Ayurveda


Ayurveda is the most ancient form of medicine. It is a science that is still very deeply rooted in our culture. It provides us with the basic tools to realise the best in us and helps us to lead a healthy vibrant life. Their firm belief is that good health starts with proper digestion and an efficient metabolism. Based on this, they promote certain healthy eating habits. Their guidelines are aimed to boost our physiological systems and keep us healthy naturally.

Go Organic

The best way to ensure good health is by eating fresh. Choose organic food instead of the ordinary ones. Organic foods do not have any form of preservatives. They are grown under normal conditions and strict measures are taken to ensure their good quality.

Include Whole Grains

It is of utmost importance to include whole grains in your diet. Opt for brown rice rather than white. Substitute white bread with whole wheat bread. Use bajra, ragi for chapatis instead of refined flour.

Balance Your Nutrition

It is a myth that fat is harmful and having more than one egg will kill you. In reality, too much or too less of anything is bad. So you need to have a balanced diet. Ayurveda has a simple formula for this. All your meals should comprise the six Ayurvedic tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. These are called the Rasas. It maintains nutrition, provides satisfaction and removes craving.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Have a generous serving of fruits and vegetables of a different colour. Your plate should be full of blue, purple, green, red coloured veggies and fruits. They are rich in antioxidants and help to cleanse your body from within.

Spices and Condiments

It is important to garnish your meals with spices and other condiments. Taste is essential for you to maintain a diet throughout your life. Also, spices have tremendous value. They improve digestion and drastically improve absorption of nutrients.

It is time to start a healthy lifestyle. So change your daily habits and rediscover yourself with Ayurveda.