Ayurveda Remedies for Winter Depression
The winter season is called as Sisira ritu and Hemanta ritu in ayurveda.According to ayurveda ritu Hemanta starts in mid of November and it ends in mid January. It starts from southern region which is called as dakshinayana or visarga kala in ayurveda. ritu Sisira starts from mid January and lasts up to march. ritu Sisira falls in Northern region which is called as uttaraayana or Aadana kaala according to ayurveda.
This ritu or so called winter season can effect our entire body system which is very well explained in ayurveda. In winter People’s strength increased and digestion capacity also get increased, due to increased in hunger. These symptoms are found due to to increased of body fire in us which is supported by vata.
In winter the Vata inside body increases due to dryness and cold atmosphere. In Winter days are short and night are long.which generally cause winter depression also known as (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder,it is also called as winter Winter depression or Time Blues.
Scientists believe that due to lack of exposure to sunlight winter depression is cause but this disorder of depression is unclear. winter depression symptoms can be seen as a tendency to over eat, craving for carbohydrates and sweets and weight gain.symptoms of winter depression has been very well obeserved by our ancestors and they have very well recommended simple but very effective natural remedies for (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder.Our ancestors followed simple guidelines about diet and lifestyles very well controlled winter depression.
Ayurveda Tips for Winter Depression
1.Exposure to sunlight and if sunlight is not available sitting near fireplace is the remedy suggested in Ayurveda and doctors also recommended Light therapy for winter time blues.It also been studied that exposure to artificial light cause headache ,Eye strain ,inability to sleep and fatigue.
2.Keeping our home well lit with lights can also help us to reduce the intensity of winter depression.
3.Moderate exercise like yoga is another remedy can also help us from winter depression. Ayurveda oil massage (abhyanga) is also very helpful for our body Massage your body with vata balancing herbal oil (abhyanga)Never forget to apply oil on your head (moordha daila.).
4.Spending time on the beach helps to expose your body to sunlight and keeps your body worm.Relaxing with meditation, massage , light music and laughter helps to great extent.The following ayurvedic tips help to prevent and reduce the intensity of seasonal disorder of winter, the winter time blues.
5. sexual act to keep the moods elevated and to keep the body warm is another strongly suggested ayurvedic remedy.
6.Then remove the oil by taking hot water bath. A mixture of flours of yellow gram (channa), green gram (moong) , fenu greek seeds (methi) in equal proportion is the best herbal scrub which can be used to remove the oil. This mixture prevents the washing of natural oil from skin.
7.Consume hot soups.
8.Use vata balancing foods like wheat, oil, corn, black gram and jaggery.
9.Tickle your taste buds with sweet, sour and salt tastes.