winter dryness

Healthy Habits: Winter Dryness, be gone!

gheeO.M.G. Ghee!!!! The amazing benefits are endless and complete! It is literally the best oil in the world! I had a client ask me a couple months back, "What do I do about this winter hair and skin?" I'm sure you are all feeling the dryness that is winter! After all, it is Vata season.

What is Vata, you ask? Vata is one of the three doshas of Ayurvedic Principles. Vata is associated with wind, the ether, by air and space, much like the characteristics of a bird flying about, nibbling and hopping and flitting! The doshas tell a story about our constitution/ our make up ~ the mind, body connection. It's an element that we are all made up of, but we have to be mindful to keep it balanced ~ too spacey? Too frazzled? Too dry? Too much vata!!!

The doshas are within us and surrounding us. According to Ayurveda, there are 3 seasons, not 4 ~ each season associated with a dosha. Winter is associated with Vata. Summer, with Pitta. Spring with Kapha.

Vata starts in the fall, when the summer breaks, and ends when the winter breaks to spring.

When spring has sprung, we experience rain to make way for May flowers, right? Well, all that rain and moisture is associated with the elements of earth (Earth Day)/re-birth/spring equinox ~ all the elements that are required to bring new life! Kapha brings that fluid moisture of new life.

Pitta is associated with the heat of the sun in the summer. Pitta has lots of energy and stamina. Too much exertion and it can burn out, however.

Too much heaviness of spring, and kapha can induce stagnation. It's a constant balancing act we juggle with our dosha loves!

I bring you this back story because now you can understand why you may have felt super dry this winter. Dry throat/cough, dry eyes, dry skin/scalp/lips/cuticles etc., its all due to an imbalance of Vata!!!!

But here's the cure: Eat GHEE!!!!! Ghee has the amazing ability to moisturize your insides so that your skin, stools, scalp, hair, throat, you name it, is healed! Your insides will be so happy! It will be like putting chapstick on your lips!

Cook your veggies with ghee, like you would olive oil. Put a teaspoon on your rice or steamed greens! Whatever you like! It's SO GOOD!

Another thing you can do is buy Sesame Oil for your skin (found in the beauty/body aisle of your health food store --not the cooking aisle).  Rub some all over your body after you shower to lock moisture in, or better yet, heat it up slightly and rub it through your scalp and hair, and all over your body before the shower. Let it sit for 5-10min and then get into the shower ~ the warm water will push the oil deeper into your body and over time, will create a barrier on your skin. Just be sure to lather up your hair with shampoo before you get it wet, otherwise the oil will never come out!;)

May you be moisturized and Vata balanced for the remaining cold months (if you're in New England), and for those of you lucky souls in the warmer climates, may you be armed for next winter!