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.
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 overnight—be sure to cover your pillow with a towel—before shampooing as normal.
Abhyanga with Champa Infused Almond Oil
Warm Oil Self Massage
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
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.