Summer is at its peak skin eruptions, sweat and dehydration; summers are mostly about these problems. However, Indians are lucky to have Ayurveda that offers some wonderful herbs that cool the system and help restore our natural state of balance. Ayurveda practices the science of natural health and offers a lot to keep up with the killing heat.
According to the experts in order to fight the heat more alkaline foods are needed. Eat water-rich foods that will not only re-hydrate your body but also keep you healthy. Following a daily herbal regimen, along with a few simple diet and lifestyle suggestions, you can stay fit in summers too.
Ayurvedic herbs have been used effectively for ages to restore the normal elimination process while promoting healthy, lustrous skin.
Here are some of the summer herbs that we suggest you include in your daily routine:
Amla (Indian gooseberry)
It is a very popular and healthy fruit known for numerous nutritional benefits. This sour-bitter fruit works as an excellent coolant during hot summer days. You will be amazed to know Amla juice contains about 20 times more vitamin-C than any other juice. Not only in summer this wonder berry is known to be the best anti-ageing fruit according to traditional Indian medicine in all seasons. Try Amla juice regularly for glowing skin, improved eyesight, immune system, regulating blood sugar and lipids.
Thanks to its cooling and medicinal properties, Aloe Vera is a skin savior for most people during the sunny season. The primary constituent of the gel in the long succulent leaves is water and is additionally packed with minerals, vitamins and other essential nutrients. Aloe Vera helps in strengthening the immune system, delaying the ageing process, curing dermatitis, alleviating menstrual problems, reducing arthritis pain, and healing wounds. Antioxidants, nutrients, and natural pain relief are other amazing properties of aloe Vera which is perfect to soothe your sunburn in summer.
The health benefits of sandalwood oil can be connected to its properties such as antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antichloristic, astringent, anti-inflammatory & disinfectant. The oil which is extracted through steam distillation of wood from matured sandalwood trees is 40-80 years old, although 80 years is preferred. The older the tree, the better the oil reserve and the stronger the aroma. This is the perfect solution for sunburn in summers.
Mint is a popular herb and a well-known mouth freshener that has been used for decades for its Ayurvedic medicinal properties. It has over two dozen species and hundreds of varieties which also include peppermint and spearmint. Summer can bring various stomach problems mint, has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help relieve indigestion and also soothe an upset stomach. Mint has adaptogenic qualities that regulate cortisol levels and boost the body’s natural resilience to stress.
Sabja Seeds (Basil Seeds):
They are most nutritious when soaked in water and consumed. Sip Sabja seeds in juices or dinks to beat the scorching summer heat. Popularly used in Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine Sabja Seeds have many more health benefits that you may have not known. Sabja seeds are also very good for weight loss, healthy skin, cure acidity and dental health.