Along with its spectacular blossoms, sweet fragrance and idealistic temperatures, spring can bring allergies, changes in digestion and emotional/energetic agitation.
Every season has its challenges. I’m almost always looking for ways to slow down, nourish, and strike that balance between activity and rest. But spring asks for added attention to cleansing and clearing out.
Here are three tips to keep your body in good stead this spring:
- Start the day with warm lemon water. A classic Ayurvedic practice, drinking this before anything else helps flush the digestive system and alkalize the body, creating the best conditions for health.
BONUS: Throw a pinch of sea salt in there for an electrolyte boost (if it tastes salty, it was too much salt – dilute and use less next time).
- Just like in the winter care protocol, Nasya, the oiling of the nostrils, is a great practice for spring. It helps soothe any dryness or irritation.
- Skip the dairy. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, it might be worth it to ditch dairy (which can put a strain on the immune system) for two weeks and see if it makes a difference.
Also try eating more fruit and nuts every day, which have anti-inflammatory antioxidants and omega 3s respectively.
- And try facial massage! Our lymph is part of our immune system, helping remove unwanted bacteria and proteins from the tissues and transport the good antibodies and white blood cells.
In Ayurveda, lymph is the first system treated when there’s a problem. Getting things moving first thing will help you feel (and look) healthy and fresh.
Below is a very informal video of the massage I do every morning. I have very sensitive skin and this has helped neutralize it and reduce flare ups, especially related to allergies.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes! (And feel free to share with your friends!)
Meanwhile, enjoy this gorgeous spring week,