What Is Ideal Life Style In Summer Time, According To Ayurveda


What is a Ritu ?

ऋतु means द्वौ मासौ (dvau māsau) or two months.

How many Ritus we have and which are they?

We know that 2 months make one Ritu, we have 6 Ritus, its not like western seasons which are only 4 i.e. Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.

So the 6 Ritus are –

  • शिशिर (śiśira) – Late winter
  • वसन्त (vasanta) – Spring
  • ग्रीष्म (grīṣma) – Summer
  • वर्षा (varṣā) – Rains
  • शरद् (śarad) – Autumn
  • हेमन्त (hemanta) – Early winter

The 3 Ritus firstly called together called as आदान काल adana kala (उत्तरायण)uttarāyaṇa – tilting of the northern hemisphere of earth away from the sun) and next other 3 kalas together are called as विसर्ग काल visarga kāla (दक्षिणायन) daksinayana – tilting of southern hemisphere of earth away from the sun).

What is season??

season is a period of the year that is distinguished by special climate conditions.

GRISHMA RITUCAHRYA (summer season)

  • Environmental changes
  • In Grishma (summer) the sun rays become powerful and appear to be destructive.
  • Bodily changes
  • Kapha decreases day by day and Vata increases consequently, hence in this season avoid use of Lavan, Katu and Amla rasa foods, heavy physical exercises and exposure to which are Madhura Rasa, light (easy to digest), fatty, cold and liquid should be taken, take corn flour mixed with cold water and sugar after taking bath in cold water.
  • Indication for limited use of wine during summer
  • Madya (wine) should not be taken; If very necessary, taken in very little quantity or diluted with more quantity of water; If wine is taken in large doses, it will cause inflammatory conditions, it will make the body fragile and weak, increases burning sensation and causes delusion.
  • Aharadiet
  • During summer, boiled rice, which is white in color, (like full moon) should be eaten along with meat of animals of desert.
  • Meat juice (Mamsarasa) which is not very thick,
  • Rasala (curds churned and mixed with pepper powder and sugar),
  • Raga (syrup which is sweet, sour and salty) and
  • Khandava (syrup which has all the tastes, prepared with many substances),Panaka panchasara, (syrup prepared with raisins (draksha), madhuka, dates (karjura), kasmarya, and parushaka fruits all in equal quantities, cooled and added with powder of cinnamon leaves, cinnamon and cardamom etc) and kept inside a fresh mud pot, along with leaves of plantain and coconut trees, and made sour (fermented) should be drunk in mugs of mud or shell;
  • Very cool water kept in mud pot along with flowers of patala and karpura (camphor) should be used for drinking.
  • Food articles like sasanka kirana (hollow, finger-like, fried pastry made of corn flour) should be taken at night;
  • Buffalo milk mixed with sugar and cooled by moonlight and the stars should be used for drinking.
  • Day regimen
  • should be spent in forests having tall trees reaching the sky such as shala (shorea robusta, Tala – Borassus flabellifera etc, which obstruct the hot rays of the sun, or in houses around which bunches of flowers and grapes are hanging from their creepers.
  • Sheets of cloth spreading sweet scented water, are arranged (to fan the air) , all around.
  • Sleep on soft bed prepared with flowers of banana, kalbara, lotus etc. with fully blossomed flowers placed all over.
  • Spend the day remaining inside the house cooled by water fountains, water being scented with usheera (Cus grass), and thereby relieve yourself from the heat of the sun.
  • Night regimen:
  • At nights, one should sleep on the terrace, facing moonlight.
  • Exhaustion due to heat of the day is relieved by, anointing the body with the paste of sandalwood, wearing garlands, avoidance of sexual activities, wearing of very light and thin dresses, by fanning with fans made of leaves of Tala or large leaves of padmini (lily) made wet; syringes sprinkling cool water softly, garlands of flowers of camphor, jasmine and of pearls and beads of white sandal paste, children, sarika (mynah bird) and shuka (parrot) talking pleasantly; beautiful woman wearing bangles of soft lotus stalk, blossoms of lotus in their hair, moving about nearby.
  • Diet Routine:
  • Foods which are light to process—those having Madhura (sweet), Snigdha (unctuous), Sheeta (cool), and Drava (fluid) Guna, for example, rice, lentil, etc., should be eaten. Drinking a lot of water and different fluids, like cold water, buttermilk, fruit juices, meat soups, mango juice, stirred curd with pepper, is suggested. At sleep time milk with sugar should be taken.
  • Lavana and food with Katu (sharp) and Amla (acrid) taste and Ushna (warm) nourishments are to be evaded.
  • Lifestyle:
  • Remaining in cool spots, applying sandal wood and other aromatic pastes over the body, decorating with blossoms, wearing light dresses and napping at day time are useful. Amid night one can appreciate the cooled moon rays with breeze. Extreme exercise or hardwork is to be evaded; a lot of sexual liberality and alcoholic preparations are precluded.
  • Conclusion:
  • Ayurveda proclaims that there are similarities between human beings and the universe, and specify that the endogenous and exogenous imbalances are responsible for causation

of diseases. To maintain the health and equilibrium of Dosha with seasonal variation, and for prevention of diseases, the important concept of Ritucharya has been described. 

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