Spring marks the transition period between winter and summer. Spring lasts from March to May. As per Ayurvedic season classification, this period is called Vasanta.
Need for spring body cleanse
According to Ayurveda, the transition period between two seasons is called as “Rutusandhi”. During this period, body needs special preparation so as to get accustomed to the new season. Ayurveda explains that the change in the season has direct influence on metabolic activities of the body.
Influence of Dosha on spring
During spring season, kapha will be dominant and Vata will have mild influence.
Need for toxins cleanse during spring
During winter season, Shleshma (Kapha) gets accumulated which tends to get vitiated during early spring. This affects the Agni – factor responsible for digestion and metabolism, and may lead to many health complications. Hence natural herbal cleansing is very necessary during spring.
Reference from Ashtanga Sangraha Sutrasthana:
शिशिरे सञ्चितः श्लेष्मा दिनकृत् भाभिरीरितः ।
तदा प्रभादमानो अग्निं रोगान् प्रकुरुते बहून् ॥
– अष्टाङ्ग संग्रह सूत्रस्थान 4
Shishire sanchitaha shleshmaadinakrut
Tadaa prabaadhamaano agnim rogaan
prakurute bahoon ||
– Ashtanga Sangraha Sutrasthana 4th chapter
Healthy practices during spring
- Gandusha – Oil pulling
- Vyayama – Regular exercises
- Udvartana – Herbal powder massage
Healthy diet during spring
- Honey, Barley, Alcoholic preparations made with grapes, honey.
- Ginger herbal tea
- Nut grass (Cyperus rotundus) herbal tea
- Pomegranate juice
Things to avoid during spring
The food articles that are heavy to digest, cold in nature, unctuous, sweet & sour in nature and sleeping during day time are best avoided during spring.
Spice ghee cleanse during spring
Ghee is extensively used in Ayurvedic cleanse and detox procedure.
This verse explains that ghee used in cleanse, keeps toxins away from the organs, similar to the inner surface of a vessel smeared with ghee will not come into contact with honey, stored in it. Ghee, by virtue of its qualities, enters deep into the body tissues and organs and brings about natural cleansing.
स्नेहभाविते काये स्नेहाक्त भाजस्थमिव क्षौद्रं असज्जन्ननुप्रवणे भावात् ।
– चरक सम्हिता कल्पस्थान 1/5
Snehabhaavite kaaye snehaakta bhaajasthamiva kshoudram asajjannanupravane bhaavaat |
– Charaka Samhita kalpasthana 1/5
The ideal spiced ghee for natural herbal cleanse during spring is ghee that contains ginger. It helps in keeping normalcy of digestive power and thus neutralizes the effects of spring over the body.