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Autumn Cleaning: An Ayurvedic Detox

By: Verity Reign

We’ve all heard of the term spring-cleaning. It’s when we take a few days to shape up everything from our homes to our bodies for the new season. “Cleaning”, however, shouldn’t be limited to spring time, especially as it pertains to our bodies. To keep your doshas balanced, a little autumn cleaning is necessary. According to Yoga Journal, Ayurvedic consultant Scott Blossom says, “In the fall, it’s about acknowledging that we’re overly busy, slowing down, and restoring the body.”

Just as we rid toxins in the spring, we should also in autumn. Ama is the Ayruvedic term for toxins our body can’t process. Robert Svoboda, Ayurvedic physician, “characterizes ama not only as a kind of physical sludge, but also as a psychosomatic sludge that pollutes the mind.” Built up ama triggers disease and emotional instability, attracting the highly popular and annoying cold and flu viruses that come with autumn. To decrease your ama, detoxing mind and body is necessary. Try these two simple detox methods to prepare your body for the colder months! Keep us posted on Twitter @AfroVeda and @VerityReign about your Autumn detox process. If you have any other pointers or recipes you want to share, comment below!

Reduce Stress: Give your brain a break! “Habitual rushing, multitasking, and dealing with information overloads are the trifecta of American toxicity,” according to yogajournal.com. Sylvie Branch, a contributing writer for Yahoo, suggests regular, daily meditation to reduce stress levels and help in digestion. Slow down so that you have ample time to do what you need to do. For example, go to bed at a decent hour so that you can wake up early enough to eat your breakfast, versus grabbing a granola bar and dashing out the door. While it seems simple, rushing, especially at the start of the day, negatively impacts your mood and adds anxiety.

Adjust Diet: Yoga Journal put together “7-Day Detox” to assist you in your detox. Each day you should eat three small servings of kitchari and drink lots of potassium broth and herbal tea. Here are two tea recipes specific to your dosha. Drinking a cup at the start of the day and in between meals will help soothe you, cleaning out toxins in the mind and body. For more meal plans and food recipes, visit yogajournal.com/falldetox.

For Kapha Dosha: Ginger-Turmeric Tea

1 qt. of purified water

15 ¼-inch slices of fresh ginger root

1½ tsp. of dried turmeric powder

½ tsp. of raw honey added to each cup you drink (optional)

*Place the herbs and water together in a pot and bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain. The tea will last for up to four days stored in the refrigerator. It is best to drink the tea hot or at room temperature. (Use the stove, not microwave, to reheat.) Add honey as needed.

 

For Vata and Pitta Doshas: Cumin, Fennel, Coriander Tea

1 qt. of purified water

1 tsp. cumin seed

1 tsp. fennel seed

1 tsp. coriander seed

½ tsp. of raw honey added to each cup you drink (optional)

*Place the herbs and water together in a pot and bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain. The tea will last for up to four days stored in the refrigerator. It is best to drink the tea hot or at room temperature. (Use the stove, not microwave, to reheat.) Add honey as needed.


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