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Written by Dr Ashwini Konnur,
A balanced interaction with our environment in an effective and wholesome way is to keep the body healthy. Ayurveda gives simple solutions to greater problem in an effective way. Ayurveda explains a methodical regimen for every season. Grishma Ritu or summer season is the last season of Aadaan kaala (period of Uttarayana or Northern solstice) which lasts from mid-May to mid-July. The Sun is all powerful due to its strong and penetrating rays and during summers, seizes the energy of the Earth and people. In addition, the dry wind weakens the Earth’s cooling property. The Kapha decreases day-by-day and Vata increases consequently during Grishma Ritu.
Human being is a miniature of the gross universe. For instance the rising temperature outside tends to increase the heat inside so one shouldn’t forget to take care of his pitta dosha too. Due to the scorching hot weather outside our digestive fire tends to lower due to which we often experience decreased appetite. Thus one should eat moderately during summer. Excessive rise in temperature produces dehydration, exhaustion, lethargy, dryness and decreased energy. It is important to tackle the heat by keeping oneself hydrated with plenty of liquids.
To save you from this hot summer here are some regimens as recommended by Ayurveda:
Things that need to be avoided:
Here are some simple recipes to keep you energised in this hot summer.
Gulkand is traditionally used as a cooling tonic to combat fatigue, lethargy, muscular aches, biliousness, itching, and heat-related conditions. Gulkand is a good blood purifier and keeps pitta dosha in balance. Consuming gulkand daily will help in purifying blood, keep your skin glowing, corrects heavy menstruation, and reduces body heat, helpful in bleeding nose.
2 cups fresh light pink Rose petals
2 cups Sugar
1 tbsp. Cardamom powder
Rose petals have to be washed nicely and spread on a cloth for drying. Cut the petals into small pieces and spread a layer of petals in a wide mouthed glass jar with a lid. Now spread a layer of granulated sugar. On top of the sugar layer spread the rose petals. Repeat the process of layer spreading till the petals are over. Now add the cardamom powder and close the glass lid tightly and keep it away in sunlight for 7 to 10 days. Use a clean spoon to mix the content every day. Store Gulkand in airtight container and refrigerate it for preservation.
Consume 1 tsp of gulkand every morning in empty stomach. Mixing it with milk and drinking is also good.
It’s mango season and this wonderful Mango lassi is not only delicious but also a great energy stimulator.
1 cup of chopped fresh ripe Mango fruit
½ cup Water
1 cup of Yogurt
4 tsp Honey/Sugar
1/4 tsp of Cardamom powder
1 tsp Mint
Blend chopped mango, yogurt, water, honey/sugar, cardamom and mint. Pour it in a glass and garnish with mint leaves. Add ice cubes if you like it cold.
This fresh and fruity recipe is a personal favorite for its nutritional value and simply being a delicious dessert for summer.
1 medium Orange
2 small Pears
¼ tsp. Almond extract
2 tsp. Sugar
12 oz. Strawberries
½ oz. sliced blanched Almonds
Squeeze the juice from the orange into a saucepan. Add the pears, almond extract, and sugar and cook on medium-high heat stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the pears begin to soften. Remove the compote from the heat and stir in the strawberries. Transfer to a medium bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Server in a bowl topped with chopped almonds.
The above tips and recipes will definitely leave you feeling cooler this summer. Also remember to plant more trees in your lane so that you can enjoy cool breeze in hot summers. Besides keeping you cool, planting trees will minimize global warming.
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