Getting Ready for Winters – Sewanti

Getting Ready for Winters

New Addition to Sewanti Organic Herbs

With the growing interest in Ayurvedic herbs in Canada and repeated requests from our customers, we are excited to offer a new addition of Trikatu, Avipattikar, Dashamula and Gugulu Powder to our selection of Certified Organic Ayurvedic herbs. 
Our herbs are 100% certified organic and free from any additives, preservatives, binders, or fillers. They are sustainably sourced and fairly traded, non-GMO verified sourced, fair trade and gluten free. 
Hope these herbs will be a timely herbal support for fall cleansing.

Fall Cleansing

Fall cleansing in Ayurveda is distinctly different from the cleansing that is usually done in the spring. The intention of spring cleansing is to rid the body of toxins stored during the long winter.

During the winter the diet is usually heavier and we are less active than the rest of the year and these two factors may cause ama, toxins, to accumulate in the tissues of the body. 
During the fall, we are cleansing in preparation for winter.This cleanse is not so much to remove toxins as to prevent the body from building up toxicity during the coming winter months.

This cleanse is designed to strengthen the digestion and cellular metabolism in order to best create and maintain healthy tissues.

Diet

Strengthening the digestion is done through diet, food habits and, often, herbal support.
The diet that is indicated during a fall cleanse should be light and well spiced Kichadi
Kichadi is a dish usually made with basmati rice, mung dal, vegetables and spices. Kichadi meets all nutritional needs while being light and easily digestible

Spices

Spices used commonly in fall cleansing include cardamom, fresh ginger, cinnamon, fennel, cumin, and turmeric and spice blends like Trikatu churna, Avipittakar Churna, Dashmula.
Including these spices with your food at each meal will enable you to better absorb all the nutrients of the foods you consume.

 

Abhayanga /Body massage

Massage is vitally important during cleanse to move lymphatic fluid. Massage facilitates the movement of lymphatic fluid to lymph nodes and allows the body to build healthy tissue free of accumulated toxins.

Massage may be done daily by oneself or taken at a spa or health center. If doing self-massage, one always strokes in the direction of the heart to enhance lymphatic flow. A small amount of warm oil is applied to the body and massaged in. After a few minutes, this may be showered off or, if desired, may be kept on during the day.

Herbal support

Herbal support may be used to strengthen appetite and digestion. The spices that you may be most familiar with in your kitchen are the same ones used in Ayurveda for igniting the digestive fire.

Tulsi or Holy Basil is a herb native to India where it is valued as sacred plant. It is known for its adaptogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Tulsi contains many phyto-chemicals that counteract the negative effect of stress, support body’s immune response. Holy Basil tea is a very popular Ayurvedic remedy to treat lung, digestive disorders, colds, coughs and headaches.

Even though it contains no caffeine, it could very well substitute afternoon coffee or tea beverage. The spices in the tulsi tea helps to drive medicinal qualities of holy basil. One can substitute their favorite spices to the ones suggested below. For milder flavour in summer months, licorice or rose petals could be used instead of ginger/clove/nutmeg.

Tulsi Masala Tea Recipe 
2 tsp Tulsi powder 
½ tsp ginger powder or 1” piece of fresh ginger thinly sliced 
¼ tsp cinnamon powder 
¼ tsp black pepper 
¼ tsp nutmeg powder 
¼ tsp clove powder 
Infuse the above ingredients in 4-6 cups of boiling water for 20 minutes. 
Strain and add honey or sweetener of your choice.

Sewanti team wishes you a Happy and healthy Winter!


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