Ayurvedic Spring Wellness Tips by Angie Keegan
According to Ayurveda spring relates to the elements earth and water. The qualities of these
elements are moist, heavy and abundant which is what is required in nature for birth, new
beginnings, renewal and growth. Accumulation of these qualities can also be seen in us in the
form of colds, allergies and mucus forming in the respiratory tract.
Ayurveda teaches us to introduce opposing qualities of each season into our fitness regimen,
self-care routine, and food choices to support our bodies natural ability to balance and heal itself.
By introducing a seasonal routine with opposing qualities, we create a balanced environment that
is like a nurturing friend rather than an aggravating enemy.
Avoid cold drinks, enjoy room temperature or warm water and herbal teas.
avoid heavy, fried and fatty foods, excessive amounts of raw food, raw grain cereals,
cheese, curd, sweets and bananas.
Incorporate spring super foods
o Alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, bean sprouts, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots,
cauliflower, celery, chillies, corn, dandelion, endive, garlic, green beans, kale,
lettuce, mustard greens, onions, parsley, peas, potatoes, radish, spinach, swiss
o Sprouted beans, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, split mung beans
o Barley, quinoa, millet
o Apples, pears, strawberries, dried fruit
o Black pepper, cayenne, clove
o Dandelion tea, ginger tea, hibiscus tea, cinnamon tea
Spring is the perfect time for a mild cleanse to reduce toxins built up during winter. Try
cutting out sugar, alcohol, dairy, caffeine, cooked oils and red meat for two weeks.
Self-care and fitness
Cleanse the tongue using a tongue scraper
Perform Neti by irrigating your nasal passage with warm salt water. Follow with Nasya
Perform Nasya by dipping a cotton tip warm sesame oil, swirling it inside your nostrils,
remove and inhaling deeply.
Dry body brush a few times a week to stimulate circulation
Exercise between 6:00 and 10:00 am. Get outside for a brisk walk or do some vigorous
This is general seasonal advice, for personalised advice on diet, nutrition, lifestyle, exercise,
herbal remedies, cleanses and the natural therapy treatments required to support your unique
needs book a consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner.
Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness program.
Spring Spice Mix
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
5 grams dried ginger root (available at Indian grocers)
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
1 teaspoon cardamom pods
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
2 star anise
1/2 teaspoon dried red chili
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Dry roast each ingredient (except cayenne and turmeric) separately in pan until fragrant. When
cool grind one spice at a time in coffee grinder. Once ground add turmeric and cayenne and mix
well. Store in airtight container.
Use instead of curry powder in recipes, add to soups, casseroles and sprinkle over salads.
Baked Carrot Soup
1 kg bag carrots washed, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces.
1 onion, unpeeled and sliced in half
1 tablespoon melted ghee
2 cups vegetable stock
2 cups water
1 cup coconut milk (not canned)
1 teaspoon spring spice mix (see recipe)
Preheat oven to 180 degrees
Chop carrots and place onto a baking sheet.
Place onion onto baking sheet, cut side down.
Drizzle with 1 tablespoon melted ghee and season with salt and pepper.
Roast in preheated oven for 30-50 minutes, or until the carrots are fork tender, stirring every 10
Place roasted carrots and onion into a high powered blender with 2 cups veggie stock.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into a large stockpot and add in water, winter spice mix and coconut milk.
Bring to a simmer and serve.
Angie is a keen yogi, holds a Diploma in Population Health (nutrition) and has just finished her final placement to be eligible for an Advanced Diploma in Ayurveda. You can learn more about Angie's holistic services visit http://www.sahajawellness.com.au