Coughs, Colds and Flu...Oh My!
Last year, we were fortunate enough to have Guru Ravi Kaur, who is a very talented and intuitive Ayurvedic practitioner
teach a couple of courses to us on this subject of the ancient art of natural healing called Ayurveda. In
that course, she told us that winter is a season when “Vata” energies are prevalent. And I
vividly remember her telling us that we should not eat or drink anything cold because that could cause imbalances.
Sure enough, I found that just having a cold salad for lunch brought on a nasty cold just a few hours after I ate it.
And that happened twice—the sum total of my colds last year. Yikes! I thought
that I had learned my lesson. But this year, after putting just one crisp and juicy leaf of iceberg
lettuce on my open-face sandwich—again within 3 hours I was sneezing and carrying on. Now since that
amazing cold has stayed around for so long, and because I hear of so many of you having the very same affliction, I asked
Guru Ravi Kaur to let us know how we can both remain healthy and regain our health. She sent me an incredible
care package of her gentle but potent products, and they have cleared my cold so naturally in just two days! You
can bet that I will be consulting her on a routine basis from now on! I felt that she would be such a benefit
to our Soul Answer Tribe that I asked her to write this article for us. And I am happy to say
that you can take her two information-packed recorded courses on Ayurveda, Medicine of the Yogis, Part 1 at www.SoulAnswer.com/ayurveda.html , and the Second Part to that course at www.SoulAnswer.com/ayurveda2.html . I highly recommend them and her fine advice below! Her
website it www.BusyDayGo.com , and her facebook page is
www.facebook.com/pages/BusyDayGo!Ayurveda . And she is a wonderful contributor to our Soul Answer Tribe's Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/groups/soulanswer .
Lots of Love,
To decrease vata it is important
to nourish yourself with warmth, routine, and serenity. Some great ways to accomplish this is to arise at the same time each
day and to eat your meals at the same time each day, Prepare your meals as if you are preparing food for a very special guest
(you are! That special guest is you!) Create a beautiful presentation of your meal, let it be warm and nourishing, creamy
and delicious. Vata Dosha loves that! Here are a few ways to incorporate more balance into your diet and routines.
• Food that is naturally sweet, sour and salty in taste.
• Honey, Chayavanprash, Ghee. They calm Vata and act as immune boosters and natural antibiotics.
foods, both energetically and in temperature. Whole, freshly cooked foods.
• Kicheree (mung dahl), one pot
meals, creamy warm foods, oatmeal with dates and almonds, and warm cow's or almond milk spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.
• Warming spices like ginger, black pepper, cinnamon and cumin, but not extremely hot spices like cayenne pepper.
• Plenty of room temperature or warm drinks. Yogi Tea and Golden Milk are especially balancing and calming
for Vata. Golden Milk has the added benefit of relieving joint pain or Vata popping and cracking of the joints. It is also
a natural antibiotic, very important during this season
• Dairy, as long as it is not cold and in small amounts.
Avoid drinking milk with your meals. It is best to have it warm and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, at least an hour before
or after other food.
• A generous amount of high-quality oils or ghee in your daily diet.
times for your meals.
• Eating your meal in a peaceful environment in an un rushed manner.
are not desirable for Vata Season or for Vata Dosha. To keep yourself healthy and going strong through the cold season please
limit or avoid the following.
• Food that is bitter, astringent and
• Food that is cooling, both energetically and in temperature.
• Dry and light foods
(ex. popcorn and crackers).
• Too much raw food, especially in the mornings and evenings (ex. salads, carrot
sticks, raw fruit, and vegetable juices, etc.)
• Most beans.
• Cold or carbonated drinks.
• Caffeine, nicotine and other stimulants.
• Overeating or eating very heavy meals.
fresh fruit or drinking fruit juice within 1/2 hr of any other food.
Here are a few more ideas to keep Vata in check.
Vata Pacifying Herbal Remedies
Broad spectrum vata pacifying herbs include Triphala, Ashwagandha,
Guggulu, and Shankapushpi. These herbs can all be taken daily as part of a vata pacifying regimen.
Oils play a big part in bringing the Dosha's into balance. Essential oils to calm Vata are Vetiver, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood,
Patchouli and Vanilla. If the imbalance has become more pronounced or is present as Kapha Season approaches (late winter-early
Spring) Essential Oils such as Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Orange, Sweet Marjoram and Juniperberry are more helpful.
• Life with calm awareness
and a gentle pace.
• A regular, daily routine with regular times for eating, sleeping, working, etc.
daily 10-20 min. self-massage with 2-3 ounces warm sesame oil or more specifically Vata Dosha Calming Abyhanga Oils.
gentle exercise routine that includes a calm, stretch-focused form of yoga, walking, about five times per week.
warm, no matter what the weather.
• Sweet, soothing music, smells, scenes and company. Vata Calming Incense
• Peaceful Sleep Foot Rub and Peaceful Sleep Spray to combat Vata induced insomnia.
herbal teas with honey are also a wonderful way to soothe lungs and throat.
As Ayurveda is a Spiritual Medicine it also
addresses the Soul. The ultimate goal of Ayurveda is to help you discover the innate intelligence inside each one of you through
connection to Soul. Some of what I have noticed during the past few changes in Seasons is a more pronounced Doshic Imbalance
but also a quicker recovery time. I have felt it was connected to the Shift we are all experiencing and I asked Siri Gian
if I should sit and listen to what may be going on Spiritually. She said yes. Here is what I heard as I tuned in to Guru Nanak
"As you become stronger in this new age changes are occurring in the body and mind as
well. Viruses will be treated differently by the body and mind. As you progress through the alterations take your herbs, get
rest, meditate, spend time in nature and just notice this change occurring. Be content, eat well, and rest in the intelligence
of the Soul
"As I heard this I began to notice my body does feel stronger and I am thinking back on the difference
between now and a few years ago in how my mind and body are relating to the Doshas, Tattvas, and Gunas. It is a glorious time
to be here, isn't it?
Finally just a few more ideas on moving through this present time in vibrant health,
quickly healing any imbalance or symptom with simple herbs and practices.
Flu and Viruses
used for nasal congestion, sinus or allergy problems the Neti Pot is a miracle worker for those that have incorporated it
into their daily routine of preventative treatments. Most people experience less or no colds and less upper respiratory
illnesses after consistent use. It is also cooling and soothing to the mind, relieves headaches and migraines, alleviates
anger, anxiety and depression, and removes drowsiness. Must be followed with an application of Nasya to prevent over drying
of the sinus cavity, which sets the stage for Sinusitis.
The nose is the doorway to the brain, mind and consciousness. Prana, life force, enters our bodies through
the breath. Lubrication of the nasal passages with medicated oil provides subtle moisture to the air we breathe and affects
the higher cerebral faculties and sensory organs. It promotes clarity of perception, intuition and stimulates memory. Nasya
enhances cerebral circulation, restoring and balancing prana in the body. Prana is the subtle energy form of Vata Dosha.By
taking just five minutes a day to incorporate this simple treatment into your daily Ayurvedic regime, you can enjoy the many
healing benefits of Nasya. One drop in each ear will alleviate Vata Imbalance in the head and protect against inner ear infection.
Nasya is traditionally used in Ayurveda for sinus conditions and headaches, to promote clarity and balance prana. Useful
for all doshas, it provides protection from the environment, helps decongest the nasal passages and soothes and nourishes
Lavender Spray purifies the ambient air to protect you from virus' and bacteria. Rosemary & Lavender Spray and
Breathe Easy Spray include the added benefit of keeping lungs and throat healthy.
Pure and natural essential oils to clear chest congestion
and make breathing easier. Anti-viral, antibacterial, and bronchial relaxing. To keep chest and lungs functioning properly
and clearly apply a few drops directly to congested area. You may also cover the area with a warm cloth to hasten therapeutic
effects or use in a steam inhalation. Chest Rub is a special blend of eucalyptus, sandalwood, ginger, rosemary, pine, camphor,
lavender, cinnamon leaf, peppermint and more.
Stay strong and well!
Guru Ravi Kaur
MS, RYT, RMT is owner of Busy Day Go! Ayurveda, and an Ayurvedic Product Formulator/Nutritionist/Practitioner