The four seasons with Ayurveda – WINTER

Winter in Ayurveda is considered as the healthiest season – why?

According to Ayurveda winter is considered as the healthiest season. How did this belief come about? We have several arguments for this!


  1. Strengthens the immune system – the body reacts and increases metabolic functions to protect itself from lower temperatures.
  2. Maintains hydration – bodily fluids and minerals are better preserved (as a reserve source of energy) due to reduced sweating.
  3. Reduced exposure to bacteria, insect-borne diseases, or infections. Lower temperatures decrease the quantity of bacteria and insects, such as mosquitoes or ticks, reducing the risk of diseases transmitted by them.
  4. The body balances circulation to protect its vital organs. This season is particularly beneficial for individuals suffering from varicose veins and leg swelling.
  5. Many seasonal allergies are alleviated in winter due to the absence of pollen.
  6. Lower temperatures contribute to better sleep, ensuring a calm and rested state of mind.

Secrets of Ayurveda – how to maintain balance in winter and reduce susceptibility to illness?

However during this time it is normal to experience cold and dryness due the increasing Vata and Kapha dosha in our body. Ayurveda offers invaluable insights to keep our bodies in harmony with the seasonal shift. Embracing this ancient wisdom can help us face the cold months with balance and vitality.

Below are few important measures, that if properly followed they can help us maintain proper health and avoid weakening our body during this cold period.

  • Nourish with Warm Foods: Prefer warm, nourishing meals to pacify Vata and Kapha keep the body warm.
  • Introduction of heavier fat rich foods: it is recommended to introduce fatty foods at the right time in precautionary measure in order to counter balance the cold and light quality of Vata.
  • Preferred quality and food tastes: increase the intake of sweet, sour, salty and spicy taste foods and reduce the intake of bitter and astringent.
  • Hydration: Keep hydrated with warm water or herbal infusions.
  • Maintain Routine & Rest: Stick to a consistent daily routine and have a time for rest and sleep.
  • Stay Active & Warm: Engage in gentle exercise like yoga. Dress warmly and specially protect feet’s, head and neck.
  • Treatments: Steam sauna, warm baths and full Body oleation such as Abhyanga massage (full body oil massage) helps nourish and moisturize the skin improving proper circulation.
  • Boost Immunity: Fortify your immune system with Ayurvedic herbs like, Amalaki, or Chyawanprash. These helps bolster resistance against seasonal flue.
  • Catch Sunlight: Try to catch as much sun light possible.

Implementing even a few of these points will help you enjoy full health. Additionally, implement Ayurvedic recommendations can enhance our well-being and help us face the winter months with greater strength and mindfulness.

If you are interested in advices on maintaining body harmony according to Ayurvedic principles, read our article „Your Food, Your Medicine“, where we discuss the topic of healthy eating according to this ancient wisdom.

The text was prepared by Dr. Dhananji

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