Ayurvedic ways to warm up
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Ayurveda is a holistic system of health that originated in India over 5000 years ago, and it’s still the wisest, most natural method we know of looking after your general wellbeing. We asked our three favourite Ayurvedic experts in the UK for their tips on how to keep warm and well in the cold this Winter.
- Laura Shakeshaft of Essential Ayurveda in Lincolnshire: To keep out the cold and damp, eat warming, nourishing foods. Choose hearty stews, casseroles, porridge and thick soups, use seasonal vegetables and add digestive spices such as fresh ginger, cumin, cinnamon and cardamom.
- Jo Johnston of Ayurvedic Yogi in Bristol: To treat a cold, avoid all dairy products, sweets, fried foods and yeasted bread, as these will make any congestion worse. Drink ginger tea and eat raw honey, do regular steam inhalations with eucalyptus oil and lift your spirits with spicy teas such as chai.
- Sebastian Pole of Pukka Herbs: To invigorate yourself on frosty mornings, treat yourself to a DIY massage. Apply a warmed oil such as sesame from head to foot, leave to absorb for 30 minutes, take a warm shower then rub the body with a towel to stimulate circulation.