Sharad Ritu in the Hindu calendar translates to the autumn season. The 2022 Sharad Ritu falls from the 23rd of August to the 23rd of October.
Each ritu (six in total) possesses its own set of rituals called Ritucharya. The concept is a disciplinary lifestyle routine for you to follow according to the specific season type. Ritucharya strictly observes Ayurveda recommendations.
This article is a brief on the top ten Ayurveda health tips to follow during the Sharad Ritu time.
10 Ayurveda Health Tips To Consider For Sharad Ritu
Stay away from hot and sweet food items.
It is better to avoid hot, sweet, or bitter foods during this time. Stay away from all heavy dishes that include oily or fried items. Reduce the consumption of non-vegetarian food, especially meat.
Avoid acidic food during this season. Remove fat and curd consumption from the diet according to expert health tips.
Be careful if you have the habit of snacking between meals. Sharad Ritu is the time when you should practice minimal consumption of food. Try to consume food only when you are hungry.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables during the season. But avoid fruits in the evening time.
Engage in restorative techniques.
Sharad Ritu is the best time to engage in restoring methods for your health. You can do Virechana (cleansing the small intestine), Rakta Mokshana (releasing impure blood from the body), and other Panchakarma therapy techniques.
You may wear flower garlands during this season. Exposing yourself to moonbeams and staying away from sunlight is also a healthy practice to follow for the period.
Avoid naps during the daytime.
If you take naps during the day, this is the season to remove the habit. Short naps will affect the healthy balance of your body.
Digestive disorders & skeletal problems are a possibility if you sleep during the daytime.
Water intake tips.
Drink a lot of boiled water. You can practice Hansodaka, which is essentially a healing and positive-energy-inducing process. The idea is to take water in a copper vessel and keep it outside for a day and a night before consumption.
You can use bathing water also following in the same manner, which will nourish and empower your body vibes.
Do morning exercise.
Morning exercises are the best for any season and Sharad Ritu is no different. It will eliminate any negative impact due to seasonal imbalances on your body.
Rise early in the morning and exercise for at least 15 - 20 minutes. As per Ayurveda health care practices, yoga could help you a lot. Do it regularly and with discipline for the entire season.
Be mindful of your strength & energy.
Your strength and energy will be at a moderate level this season. Try to balance your lifestyle and diet plans accordingly.
Try to spend more time in nature. Water bodies (lakes, rivers, seas) are the best place to spend your spare time and experience maximum potential.
Follow the season according to your dosha type.
Each individual has an Ayurveda dosha type, namely Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. Find your dosha type and follow the specific season tips.
Consume these foods.
When you know what to avoid, it is also necessary to understand the food items to consume. Vegetables, plant products, wheat, nectar, green gram, and pointed gourd are best for this season.
You can consume ghee in pure, uncooked form. Try cold and light-to-process foods to form the best diet plan for Sharad Ritu.
10. Ideal herbs for the season.
Every season has some healthy herbs to boost your immune system. For autumn, the best preferable herbs are Shatavari, Chandan, and Amla.
You may include haircare and skincare regimes this season that consists of herbs like Saffron, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Rose and Aloe Vera. All these herbs remove the excess heat from your body.
Some of the above tips like exercise and healthy eating are for all seasons. The parting thought here is to stay mindful of your body & health. Take appropriate care using Ayurveda health tips. Do a health checkup with the help of a certified Ayurvedic practitioner.
- Is Sharad Ritu region-specific?
No. Sharad Ritu is a Sanskrit term for the autumn season and applies globally.
- How can I know my Ayurveda dosha type?
There are various tests to check your dosha type. The easiest way is to do an online quiz and find out your dosha type.
- How do we balance the movement of Agni during Sharad Ritu?
The fire element (Agni) movement is on the rise this season. The best way to balance it is using sandalwood in paste or scrub form on your body.