Balancing Vata In the Winter

By Lily Kardon

When it’s cold, dry and windy outside we can tend to feel anxious, scattered and chilly. In Ayurveda, this imbalance is referred to as “Vata.”

Vata imbalance often occurs in winter, alongside excessive sluggishness or Kapha imbalance which you can learn about here.

Traditional practices such as abhyanga (warm oil whole body massage) and shiro abhyanga (warm oil scalp massage) can warm us from within and help us to feel grounded and calm.

Warm oil lubricates dry Vata. Grounding oils such as lavender and vetiver soothe and nurture. Sweet fatty beverages calm and nourish.

Use the below practices to nourish and replenish your inner fire.




Nourishing Shiro Abhyanga Scalp Massage

For Rest and Rejuvenation

8 drops Vetiver Essential Oil

8 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil

8 drops Lavender Essential Oil

15 ml Tamanu Oil

1) Work dime-sized dollops of this essential oil infusion into your scalp in a circular motion. With eyes closed, imagine rubbing calm into your scalp as you let tension and anxiety release.

2) Let it soak for at least an hour or up to overnightbe sure to cover your pillow with a towelbefore shampooing as normal.


Abhyanga with Champa Infused Almond Oil

Warm Oil Self Massage

2 oz Champa Infused Almond Oil

1) Place oil in a container such as an 8 oz mason jar. Place the container in a hot water bath to warm.

2) Beginning with your scalp, massage oil into your head and shoulders. Then, work long strokes from fingertips to the chest, all down your torso, then from your toes up to the legs. Pay special attention to joints, hands, and feet with a circular motion.

Try this before your bath for a traditional approach, or as a moisturizing treatment after bathing.


Vata Blend Bath Ritual

Vata Essential Oil Blend

Strength: Rhodiola Flower Essence Blend

1) Add 10 drops Vata Essential Oil Blend to your diffuser and power on.

2) Combine 5 drops Vata Essential Oil Blend with mineral salts, colloidal oatmeal, or honey and add to a warm bath.

3) Add a dropperful of Strength Flower Essence.

4) Settle in to soak. Touch the thumb and ring finger of either hand and close your eyes to breathe deep and slow as you imagine sending roots down into the earth.


Warm and Spicy Nut Lassi

¼ c Raw Pumpkin Seeds

¼ c Raw Sunflower Seeds

¼ c Raw Almonds

2 Dates, No Pit

2 Dried Apricots, Unsulfured

1 Tsp Fresh Ground Cinnamon

1 Tsp Ginger Powder

A few drops of Lavender Flower Essence Tincture

1) Soak nuts, seeds, and dried fruit in spring water overnight. Drain soaking water. Combine all ingredients in a blender with 2 cups hot spring water and blend. Add more hot water in small amounts until desired consistency is reached.

2) Pour a glass and refrigerate excess in a mason jar to gently heat later for a warm drink throughout the day.

3) Enjoy warm, topped with a teaspoon of hazelnut or sesame oil.

4) Add a few drops Lavender Flower Essence Tincture to fortify roots and promote a sense of groundedness.

You may also want to try adding a dropperful of ashwagandha or licorice root.



2 thoughts on “Balancing Vata In the Winter

  1. Thank you for these wonderful tips. I just discovered Floracopeia a month ago, and since, I have watched all your YouTube videos and began reading ‘In Search of the Medicine Buddha’. Now I have a whole list of oils and products to try and experiment with. Thank you for making these sustainable products available and educating the public on safe and proper use of aromatic oils, as well as spreading awareness about sustainability and eco-friendly practices. Much love!

  2. Very good recipes. I am going to try out Nourishing Shiro Abhyanga Scalp Massage
    For Rest and Rejuvenation. Will it promote hair growth?

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